Welcome to Shiretoko
On July 17th, 2005, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee added the Shiretoko region to the list of World Natural Heritage sites.
UNESCO justifies this by stating that Shiretoko provides an outstanding example of the interaction of marine ecosystems, whose great productivity is largely influenced by the formation of seasonal sea ice, as well as pristine terrestrial ecosystems, and has important habitats of internationally significant endangered species, such as the Blakistonfs fish owl and the endemic Viola Kitamiana plant, salmonids and other marine mammals.
The name gShiretokoh is derived from sir-etok, meaning the gend of mother earthh in the language of the indigenous Ainu people.

We would like to thank great cooporation of Hokkaido District Transport Bureau. Most contents of this page are given by them.


Enjoying Shiretoko
Wildlife Observation
Watch animals in their natural environment through guided tours! Spring and Summer: Dolphins, seals, seabirds and, with luck, whales (May to September) can be observed from the sea. Sometimes brown bears can be seen from a boat.
Autumn: Salmon swimming upstream to spawn can be seen up close.
Winter: Internationally rare white-tailed and Stellerfs sea eagles can be seen.
All seasons: Grazing Ezo beer may be observed near roads.
Waterfalls, Hot spring and Ics Floes: Diverse Natural Experiences
Furepe, Kamuiwakka and Kumagoe Falls and rustic hot springs, such as Iwaobetsu, Kumanoya and Sesegi, can be enjoyed.
Ice-floe walks in a drysuit, mountain trekking and sea kayaking are the best ways to fully appreciate the natural wonders of Shiretoko. Please consult with local guides for safe and enjoyable natural experiences.
Shiretoko National Park Nature Center

Shiretoko Five Lakes and Mt.Rausu
Enjoy walking around the Five Lakes and the superb views of the Shiretoko Mountains.
Mt.Rausu and Kunashiri lsland can be viewed from the Shiretoko Pass, the peak of the Shiretoko Crossing Road (National Route 344).
Enjoy Shiretokofs Surroundings National, Quasi-National and Prefectural Natural and Prefectural Natural Parks
Scenic nature parks dot the surroundings of the Shiretoko Peninsula, where visitors car enjoy the beauty of wild flower gardens, lakes and wetlands:
@Sharidake Prefectural? Natural Park
AAbashiri Quasi-National Park
BAkan National Park
CNotsuke-Furen Prefectural Natural Park
DAkkeshi Prefectural Natural Park
E Kushiro Shitsugen National Park (See the wide-area map on the back)

Access to Shiretoko and Means of Sightseeing
Rental Cars
During winter, from time to time, roads have to be closed due to heavy snowfall or the road surface becomes frozen. Please pay attention to traffic information.
Northern Road Navi (http://northern-road.jp/navi/) (Hokkaido road information website [Japanese, English, Korean and Chinaese]).
Michi-no-eki (Road station)
Michi-no-eki are rest areas built on general roads, with 24-hour restrooms and shops. Some provide information services. Each has information terminals for visitors, where road and weather information can be obtained (Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese).
Shiretoko Shari Station is the JR station closest to Shiretoko, from which you can take a bus to Utoro in the Shiretoko Peninsula. Train times are subject to change. Please contact JR or visit JR Hokkaidofs website (http://www.jrhokkaido.co.jp/ [Japanese, English, Korean and Chinese]).
Buses leaving Memanbetsu Airport and JR Shiretoko Station for Shiretoko are limited. Please check times at the airport or station information counter.
Bus Timetable for Shari Town and Shiretoko
http://www.town.shari.hokkaido.jp/shiretoko/traffic/bus_sum.htm (Japanese and English)
Akan Bus Timetable (Kushiro-Nakashibetu-Shibetsu-Rausu)
http://www.akanbus.co.jp/ (Japanese only)
Cruise Ships and Cruisers
In addition to being fishing ports, Utoro and Rausu Ports are the arrival and departure points for cruise ships and small cruisers, which allow passengers to view the Shiretoko Peninsula from the sea. Please contact local operators for services and reservations.
Rausu Town Cruise Ships Information
http://www.rausu-town.jp/20060222019.html (Japanese only)
Shari town Cruise Ships and Observation Boats Information
http://www.town.shari.hokkaido.jp/shiretoko/traffic/shipboat.htm (Japanese only)
Hiking and Trekking
Hiking trails are subject to closure. Please obtain the latest trail information from local information centers. They can also recommend guided tours.
Shiretoko National Park Nature Center Tel:0152-24-2114, Fax:0152-24-2115,
http://www.shiretoko.or.jp/ (Japanese and English), Email:info@shiretoko.or.jp
Rausu Visitor Center Tel:0153-87-2828,
http://www.aurens.or.jp/~rausu_vc/ (Japanese only; English page to be added late May 2007)

Information on Enjoying Shiretoko
Okhotsuk Tourist Association
Kita 7-jo Nishi 3-chome, Abashiri (in the Abashiri Sogochosha bldg.)
Nemuro Touist Association
Kowa-cho-2chome 10, Nemuro(in the Nemuro City Tourist Information Center)
Transportation and Contact
ANA (Memanbetsu/Nakashibetu/Kushiro), Tel:(0120)029-222/(03)6741-8801
JAL (Memanbetsu/Kushiro), Tel:(0120)25-5971/(0570)025-071
HAC (Kushiro), Tel:(0120)25-5971/(0570)025-071
AIR DO (Memanbetsu), Tel:(0120)057-333/(011)707-1122
Airtansse (Memanbetsu), Tel:(0138)57-3180
JR Hokkaido Telephone Information Center, Tel:(011)222-7111
JR Shiretoko Shari Station, Tel:(0152)23-2634
Abashiri Bus, Tel:(0152)43-4101
Shari Bus, Tel:(0152)23-3145
Akan Bus, Tel:(0154)37-2221
Nemuro Kotsu, Tel:(0153)24-2202
Rental Car
Please ask at information desks at airports and stations:
Memanbetsu Airport Tourist Information Desk, Tel:(0152)74-4182
Nakashibetsu Airport Tourist Information Desk, Tel:(0153)72-3190
Kushiro Airport Tourist Information Desk, Tel:(0154)57-8304
JR Abashiri Station Tourist Information Desk, Tel:(0152)43-4261
JR Kushiro Station Tourist Information Desk, Tel:(0154)22-8294

Observe Rules and Appreciate Nature
Donft Feed the Wildlife
Red foxes may approach you on roads, as well as seagulls on cruise ships or at ports. Please do not feed them. Once they become accustomed to the taste of artificial food, they begin to approach people for food, potentially resulting in the loss of their natural behaviors and habits.
Beware of Foxes and Stream Water
Red foxes, which inhabit Hokkaido, sometimes carry the echinococcus (tapeworm) parasite. Infection may result in liver problems and in some cases death. Do not touch foxes or drink stream water in areas where foxes live unless the water is boiled.

Brown Bear Encounters
The Shiretoko Peninsula and the surrounding areas are bear habitats. Make bears aware of your presence on mountain and hiking trails where visibility is poor by making noise. If you encounter a bear, do not panic, and slowly and quietly WALK away.

Place Trash in Designated Areas
Dispose of trash such as food leftovers and empty cans in designated areas. Raw garbage left outdoors is eaten by wildlife such as brown bears and red foxes, causing the same negative effects as intentional feeding.
Watch You Speed
Ezo deer and red foxes sometimes come out on or near the roads. Park your car in a safe area to observe the animals carefully. Car-animal collisions occur frequently at night. Please slow down and drive safely.


Gateways to Shiretoko
By Air
Memambetsu Airport Tokyo International Airport, Nagoya(Central Japan International Airport), Osaka(Kansai International Airport), Sapporo(New Chitose International Airport, Okadama Airport)
Kushiro Airport Tokyo International Airport,Nagoya(Central Japan International Airport), Hakodate Airport, Asahikawa Airport, Sapporo(New Chitose International Airport, Okadama Airport)
By Bus or Railways(JR)
Memanbetsu Airport Utoro(Approx.2 hrs.-2 hrs.50 min. by Abashiri Bus): Operates between June 1st and October 15th (Contact the operator for winter timetable)
Memanbetsu Airport Utoro(Approx.2 hrs. 5min. by Shari Bus):Operates between April 28th and October 31st (Contact the operator for winter timetable)
Memanbetsu Airport Abashiri Bus Terminal-JR Abashiri Station Bus Stop (Approx. 30 min. by Abashiri Bus)
JR Abashiri Station Bus Stop Shari(Approx.67 min. by Abashiri Bus)
JR Abashiri Station JR Shiretoko Shari Station(Approx.50 min. by JR train)
Shari Bus Terminal Utoro(Approx.50 min. by Shari Bus)
Nemuro-Nakashibetsu Airport Nakashibutsu Bus Terminal(Approx. 9 min. by Akan Bus)
Nakashibetsu Bus Terminal Rausu(Approx. 90 min. by Akan Bus)
Kushiro Airport JR Kushiro Sapporo Station Bus Stop(Approx. 45 min. by Akan Bus)
JR Kushiro Station Bus Stop Rausu(Approx. 3 hrs. 50 min. by Akan Bus)
JR Kushiro Station JR Shiretoko Shari Station(Approx. 2 hrs. 20 min. by JR train)
Shari Bus Terminal Utoro(Approx. 50 min. by Shari Bus)
Intercity Bus(Reservation required)
Sapporo to Abashiri(Approx. 5 hrs. 50 min. by Abashiri Bus, Kitami Bus and Chuo Bus)
Sapporo to Utoro(Approx. 7 hrs. 30 min. by Chuo Bus and Shari Bus)
Intercity Railways(JR)
JR Sapporo Station to JR Abashiri Station(Approx. 5 hrs. 30 min.)
JR Sapporo Station to JR Kushiro Ststion(Approx. 4 hrs.)
By Car
Sapporo to Abashiri(345km/216mi), Abashiri to Utoro(82km/51mi)Utoro to Rausu(27km/17mi), Kushiro to Rausu(165km/103mi), Sapporo to Kushiro(330km/206mi), Kushiro to Nemuro(125 km/78 mi), Nemuro to Rausu(140 km/88 mi)


Foreign-language Websites
E C K R English Chinese Korean Russian
@ Hokkaido Tourist Association
Blooming Hokkaido
@ @ @ Scenic Byway Hokkaido
East Hokkaido Sightseeing Development Council
@ Kushiro Tourism Association
Akan Tourism Association Town Development Promotion Organization
@ @ Neruro Cuty Tourist Association
Shukunitai Wild Bird Sanctuary
@ Abashiri Tourism Association
Shiretoko Eco-tourism Association
@ @ @ Shietoko National Park Natute Center
Rausu Visitor Center