Furepe Waterfall (フレペの滝, Furepe-no-taki) drops down a steep cliff into the Sea of Okhotsk on the spectacular western coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula. The waterfall is fed by ground water, which surfaces just at the top of the waterfall, meaning that there is no visible river leading to it.
Furepe Waterfall can be reached in a pleasant twenty minute walk from the Shiretoko Nature Center, which provides information and exhibits about the national park, as well as a restaurant and souvenir shop. The nature trail leads from the nature center through the forest and then over grassland to an observation deck on top of the cliff with views down onto the waterfall.
Walking trail from the Shiretoko Nature Center to Furepe Waterfall
Get There and Around
From Utoro, the Shiretoko Nature Center is about five kilometers down the peninsula, next to the junction where the roads to Shiretoko Pass and the Shiretoko Five Lakes split.
Shari Bus operates about three buses per day (only one from November to late April) from JR Shiretoko Shari Station via Utoro to the Shiretoko Nature Center (70 minutes, 1800 yen one way). An additional four buses run between Utoro and the nature center outside of winter (10 minutes, 340 yen one way). Even more buses operate between Utoro and the nature center in mid summer when shuttle buses run to the Kamuiwakkayu Falls.