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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Hokkaido
Shiretoko 
# 92   of 178 destinations
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Shiretoko National Park, located on the Shiretoko Peninsula in eastern Hokkaido, is one of Japan's most beautiful and unspoiled national parks. No roads lead further than about three fourths up the peninsula, and the northern tip can only be viewed from boats or be reached on multi day trekking tours.

The peninsula is home to a variety of wildlife, including brown bears, deer and foxes. In winter, the peninsula's coast along the Sea of Okhotsk becomes one of the northern hemisphere's southernmost regions to see drift ice. In 2005, Shiretoko was added to the list of world heritage sites for the irreplaceable value of the peninsula's ecosystem and biodiversity.

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Attractions
 1  Drift Ice (Ryuhyo)
Floating in the Okhotsk Sea during winter.
User rating: 95/100 (8 votes)
Visited by: 22 users
 2  Sightseeing Boats
Cruises along the peninsula's western coast.
User rating: 86/100 (27 votes)
Visited by: 57 users
 3  Five Lakes
Five lakes in beautiful surroundings.
User rating: 83/100 (53 votes)
Visited by: 109 users
 4  Furepe Waterfall
Waterfall fed by ground water.
User rating: 76/100 (22 votes)
Visited by: 55 users
 5  Kamuiwakkayu Falls
A hot waterfall in the middle of nature.
User rating: 88/100 (26 votes)
Visited by: 65 users
 6  Eastern Coast
Rausu Town and hot spring pools at the beach.
User rating: 84/100 (27 votes)
Visited by: 60 users
 7  Shiretoko Pass
Mountain pass with views of Mount Rausu.
User rating: 78/100 (26 votes)
Visited by: 60 users
 8  Oshinkoshin Falls
Waterfall at the national park's entrance.
User rating: 77/100 (39 votes)
Visited by: 90 users
 9  Utoro
Hot spring town on the western coast.
User rating: 72/100 (41 votes)
Visited by: 84 users

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User Rating (by 102 users):
90/100
  recommended

Best rated destinations (out of 164):
15.  Nikko   91/100
16.  Kamakura   91/100
17.  Nara   91/100
18.  Yamadera   90/100
19.  Inujima Island   90/100
20.  Shiretoko   90/100
21.  Dewa Sanzan   89/100
22.  Hiroshima   89/100
23.  Kiso Valley   89/100
24.  Rishiri and Rebun   88/100
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87.  Alpine Route   269
88.  Yoshino   267
89.  Yuzawa   264
90.  Fukui   261
91.  Ikaho Onsen   256
92.  Shiretoko   255
93.  Daisetsuzan   250
94.  Kakunodate   249
95.  Kushiro Marshlands   236
96.  Kumano   224

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English Links
Shari Town
Official English website.

Japanese Links
Shiretoko Shari Tourist Association
Official website.
Shari Town
Official website.
Rausu Town
Official website.

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News and Reports
October 17, 2012
Shiretoko Autumn Color Report
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