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Furepe Waterfall seen from a sightseeing boat

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.

Furepe Waterfall can also be viewed from sightseeing boat tours that depart from Utoro.

Walking trail from the Shiretoko Nature Center to Furepe Waterfall

Access

By car

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.

By bus

Shari Bus operates infrequent buses from JR Shiretoko Shari Station via Utoro to the Shiretoko Nature Center (70 minutes, 1800 yen one way). A few additional buses run between Utoro and the nature center outside of winter (10 minutes, 340 yen one way). More buses operate between Utoro and the nature center in mid summer when shuttle buses run to the Kamuiwakkayu Falls.

How to get to and around Shiretoko National Park

Hours & Fees

Shiretoko Nature Center

Hours

8:00 to 17:30 (mid April to mid October)
9:00 to 16:00 (mid October to mid April)

Closed

December 31

Admission

Free
Page last updated: January 20, 2017