Shiretoko, Rausu and Nakashibetsu Area
See the magnificent old growth forests in the Natural World Heritage Site of Shiretoko.
Shiretoko is one of the few natural wonders of Japan. It was designated the Shiretoko National Park in 1964, and in 2005 was registered as a Natural World Heritage Site. Three mountains, Mt. Io, Mt. Shiretoko, and the highest peak, Mt. Rausu, divide Shiretoko into two parts, Utoro and Rausu.
The beautiful Furepe Falls and the 100-meter Oshinkoshin Falls cascading over steep cliffs are sights only visible by boat.
The topography of Shiretoko makes access difficult, but results in the preservation of old growth forests and pristine ecosystems. A dynamic food chain is woven across sea, river, and land in Shiretoko, creating an ecosystem where its inhabitants rely upon one another for survival. This rich ecosystem is why endangered species such as Blakiston’s fish owl, viola kitamiana, and other rare fauna and flora continue to exist. The area is also home to dense populations of mammals, such as Yezo brown bears, Yezo sika deer, sea lions, and seals.
The Shiretoko Nature Center offers visitor information regarding the surrounding landscape.