Shiretoko Peninsula

Shiretoko Peninsula, photo by niui_na
Shiretoko Peninsula (photo by niui_na)
 

Shiretoko National Park is located in a remote northeastern corner of Japan’s northernmost island, Hokkaido.

The park covers the entirety of the Shiretoko Peninsula, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The national park has no sizable settlements, and the northern portion of the peninsula does not even have any roads.

The park includes hot springs, lakes, mountains, waterfalls, and extensive hiking trails.

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Overall Atmosphere: Natural
A Natural Atmosphere includes a diverse range of destinations with outdoor-oriented features, including both water-based (beaches, rivers, lakes, etc) and land-based (mountains, forests, deserts, etc). It also includes specific outdoor activities, ranging from water adventuring (eg, kayaking, sailing) to land adventuring (eg, hiking, biking).

Natural Interests tend to be:
(a) outdoors-oriented, and therefore more dependent on weather conditions
(b) less easily accessible and more physically demanding than other destination categories.

In some cases (eg, rafting and climbing), this includes a significantly increased degree of adventure (or danger, depending on one's viewpoint).
Featuring mainly outdoors-oriented natural attractions.
 

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Shiretoko Prince Hotel Kazanamiki

Set in Shari in the Hokkaido Region, 700 metres from Utoro Hot Spring, Shiretoko Prince Hotel Kazanamiki features a hot spring bath and sauna. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Average score from 96 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$179

 
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Shiretoko Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel

Located in Shiretoko National Park, Shiretoko Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel offers affordable dormitory-style accommodations. Free parking is available on-site and guests can share travel stories with each other at the shared lounge. Average score from 40 guest reviews: 6.8/10.

$34

 
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Shiretoko Village

Within a 10-minute walk of the Utoro Ski Area, Shiretoko Village offers Japanese-style rooms with free Wi-Fi, soothing natural hot spring baths and delicious Japanese cuisine. A free shuttle is available to/from Utoro Bus Terminal. Shiretoko is 6. Average score from 99 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$57 - $183

 
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Clione Camp Guest House

Surrounded by nature, Clione Camp Guest House offers cosy rooms decorated with wooden decor. It features a garden, a natural hot spring bath and bicycle rentals. The Guest House has a shared living room, a free-use kitchen and barbecue facilities. Average score from 215 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$35

 
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Route Inn Grantia Shiretoko Shari Ekimae

Route Inn Grantia Shiretoko Shari Ekimae is only a 1-minute walk from JR Shiretoko Shari Station. It features an outdoor hot-spring bath, massage services and modern rooms with free wired internet. Average score from 141 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$52 - $91

 
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Hotel NameRooms FromGuest Rating
Hotel Kifu Club Shiretoko

Hotel Kifu Club Shiretoko

Hotel Kifu Hotel Shiretoko is a 10-minute drive from Shiretoko National Park, which is assigned as a UNESCO World Heritage. Guests can enjoy the sunset and sea views from their Japanese-style rooms and refresh in the public hot-spring bath. Average score from 116 guest reviews: 9.2/10.

$104

 
$1049.2
Bon's Home

Bon's Home

Bon's Home offers accommodation in Shari, the gateway to one of the national heritage sites, Shiretoko National Park. Average score from 61 guest reviews: 8.9/10.

$37

 
$378.9
Iruka Hotel

Iruka Hotel

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Iruka Hotel is set right in front of the ocean in Shiretoko, a world heritage site. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Free private parking is available on site. Average score from 385 guest reviews: 8.7/10.

$37

 
$378.7
Shiretoko Grand Hotel Kitakobushi

Shiretoko Grand Hotel Kitakobushi

Featuring a hot-spring bath, a small shrine in the lobby and a restaurant serving freshly caught seafood, Grand Hotel Kitakobushi is a 5-minute walk from Oronko Rock. Massages are available. Average score from 150 guest reviews: 8.6/10.

$122 - $201

 
$1228.6
Shari Central Hotel

Shari Central Hotel

Shari Central Hotel offers accommodation in Shari. Free WiFi is available throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. You will find a kettle in the room. Rooms have a private bathroom. Average score from 12 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$42

$428.5
Route Inn Grantia Shiretoko Shari Ekimae

Route Inn Grantia Shiretoko Shari Ekimae

Route Inn Grantia Shiretoko Shari Ekimae is only a 1-minute walk from JR Shiretoko Shari Station. It features an outdoor hot-spring bath, massage services and modern rooms with free wired internet. Average score from 141 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$52 - $91

 
$528.5
Minshuku Ishiyama

Minshuku Ishiyama

Minshuku Ishiyama offers accommodation in Shari. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property and free private parking is available on site. Each room has a flat-screen TV. Each room includes a shared bathroom. Utoro Hot Spring is 1. Average score from 13 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$54

$548.5
Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel

Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel

Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel features indoor and outdoor natural hot spring baths, a hot tub and 6 dining options. It offers contemporary Japanese-style rooms, a free shuttle service and free Wi-Fi. Average score from 82 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$141

 
$1418.5
Shiretoko Prince Hotel Kazanamiki

Shiretoko Prince Hotel Kazanamiki

Set in Shari in the Hokkaido Region, 700 metres from Utoro Hot Spring, Shiretoko Prince Hotel Kazanamiki features a hot spring bath and sauna. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant. Average score from 96 guest reviews: 8.5/10.

$179

 
$1798.5
YHA Kiyosato Ihatov Youth Hostel

YHA Kiyosato Ihatov Youth Hostel

Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, YHA Kiyosato Ihatov Youth Hostel offers accommodation in Kiyosato. Free private parking is available on site. There are shared shower rooms. You will find a shared lounge at the property. Average score from 15 guest reviews: 8.4/10.

$29

$298.4
Clione Camp Guest House

Clione Camp Guest House

Surrounded by nature, Clione Camp Guest House offers cosy rooms decorated with wooden decor. It features a garden, a natural hot spring bath and bicycle rentals. The Guest House has a shared living room, a free-use kitchen and barbecue facilities. Average score from 215 guest reviews: 8.3/10.

$35

 
$358.3
Shiretoko Noble Hotel

Shiretoko Noble Hotel

Boasting dazzling sea and mountain views, Shiretoko Noble Hotel offers hot spring baths and a restaurant. It has Japanese-style and Western rooms, some with an outdoor hot spring with sea views. Average score from 127 guest reviews: 8.2/10.

$180

 
$1808.2
Shiretoko Village

Shiretoko Village

Within a 10-minute walk of the Utoro Ski Area, Shiretoko Village offers Japanese-style rooms with free Wi-Fi, soothing natural hot spring baths and delicious Japanese cuisine. A free shuttle is available to/from Utoro Bus Terminal. Shiretoko is 6. Average score from 99 guest reviews: 8.1/10.

$57 - $183

 
$578.1
Touakarino Yado Rausu Daiichi Hotel

Touakarino Yado Rausu Daiichi Hotel

Touakarino Yado Rausu Daiichi Hotel offers accommodation in Rausu. Free private parking is available on site. All rooms are equipped with a TV. Rooms have a private bathroom fitted with a bath. Extras include slippers and a hairdryer. Average score from 17 guest reviews: 7.6/10.

$124

$1247.6
Shiretoko Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel

Shiretoko Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel

Located in Shiretoko National Park, Shiretoko Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel offers affordable dormitory-style accommodations. Free parking is available on-site and guests can share travel stories with each other at the shared lounge. Average score from 40 guest reviews: 6.8/10.

$34

 
$346.8

Highlights:

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Hotsprings
Japan is famous for its many onsen, or hotsprings. Shiretoko has several, including:

Kuma no Yu is located near the Rausu Visitor Center. There is roadside parking next to a 20m bridge leading to the onsen. This is a free outdoor onsen. Baths are separated by gender. There are no towels or soap available, so visitors should bring their own.

Iwaobetsu Onsen. After a hard day's climbing, reward yourself with a dip in this basic but pleasant open-air hot springs. Free and mixed, so be sure you are comfortable with that.

Rausu Onsen Course is the most ambitious. It starts at the Rausu Onsen Campground, where the visitor desk has a log book. Most hikers start around 5AM. This course is around 14.6km roundtrip and, because of the large elevation gain, takes 9-12 hours.
Natural
Scenic Waterways

Shiretoko Five Lakes

These lakes are Shiretoko's best-known and most easily accessible attraction. The five lakes are located within walking distance of each other and well-maintained trails connect them — a quick circuit won't take more than an hour. An elevated wooden path way to Lake Ichi-ko (the first lake) can be taken year round for free without guidance but the routes from lakes two to five require a reservation, payment of a fee and a visit with an authorized guide.
Waterfalls

Kamuiwakka Falls

These falls are one of Japan's more amazing natural wonders. (The Ainu name means "river of the gods".) The road to the falls is closed to private traffic, so you have to take the shuttle bus from the Shiretoko Shizen Center. The bus goes 11 km up a bumpy dirt road and takes about 40 minutes. Then commence a thirty minute clamber up the river, in water that gets gradually warmer as you ascend. The payoff awaits at the end, where waterfalls cascade into a free natural hot spring pool large enough for half a dozen people.
Also of Interest:
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Lowland Mountains
Volcanoes
Hiking and Trekking
Climbing

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