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[Furepe Falls in Shari, Shiretoko] Bears and Deers Often Appear on Furepe-no-Taki Walking Trail

July 22nd, 2014

Furepe Falls

Furepe Falls (フレペの滝) is a waterfall in Shari town, Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島), and the Furepe means "Red Water" in Ainu language. There are various opinions about the red water, but it is said that it was named after sunset light reflecting in the surface of the falls. The falls is near a junction for Rausu Pass (羅臼峠), Shiretoko Goko Lakes (知床五湖) and Utoro Onsen (ウトロ温泉). Rain and snow fallen to Shiretoko Mountain Range (知床連山) have turned into groundwater, and it has fallen from cracks of steep cliffs with about 100 m in height to the Sea of Okhotsk. The drop is about 60 m. It is the rare waterfall in Japan that underground water drops from cracks of rocks, and is one of famous falls together with Shirahige Falls (白ひげの滝) in Biei and Funbe Falls (フンベの滝) in Hiroo in Hokkaido. A observation deck, walking trails, Shiretoko Nature Center (知床自然センター), Wildlife Protection Center (鳥獣保護区管理センター), Shiretoko 100 Square-Meter Trust House (しれとこ100平方メートル運動ハウス), Path for Growing Forest (森づくりの道) and a parking lot are built on the site. A restroom and a restaurant are at the Shiretoko Nature Center, and informations about bears are announced. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.
Furepe Falls Guide Map in Japanese

Furepe Falls
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Shiretoko Nature Center
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

The falls is also called "Tears of Young Girl (乙女の涙)", and it is called that name because the small dorrping falls looks sad. Speaking of the tears of the young girl, another name of Cape Namida (涙岬) in Hamanaka is the tears of the young girl, too. That was named after a sad legend without a waterfall, so true tears can be seen only in the Shiretoko Peninsula. By the way, in strong contrast to the tears of the young girl, Tears of Man (男の涙) looked very powerful and a cape called Elephant's Nose (象の鼻) are near the Furepe Falls, and guided tours are held. The tours are popular, so those are held all the year round. The bears often appear around here, and hiking without a guide is dangerous.

Movie of Furepe Falls

The distance is around 5 km away from the center of Utoro, and a restraunt, a cafe and a convenience store are not built around here. By the way, a nonstop bus, Eagle Liner (イーグルライナー), runs between Sapporo and Utoro.

Direct Bus

From Sapporo to Utoro
Eagle Liner Leaves for Sapporo at 23:15

From Utoro to Sapporo
Eagle Liner Leaves for Utoro at 09:20

Cape Puyuni

Cape Puyuni (プユニ岬) is a cape jutting out into the Sea of Okhotsk in Shari town, Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島), and the Puyuni means "A place with a holl" in Ainu language. Because a road to the tip of the cape is not built, visitors can not reach to there. But Puyuni-misaki Lookout (プユニ岬展望台) is about 700 m away from the tip of the cape. There is not definite lookout, and a place around Miharashi Bridge (見晴橋) along Shiretoko National Route (National Route 334) is called "the Puyuni-misaki Lookout" at about 95 m above sea level. Utoro Port and the Sea of the Okhotsk can be viewed from here, and Oronko-iwa Rock (オロンコ岩) and Godzilla-iwa Rock (ゴジラ岩) are fitted to a picture, too. This place is well known as a good place to see the sunset, and a lot of visitors come. A winter scenery that drift ice spread over the whole sea looks grand, too. A parking lot is not built, and there is much traffic, and it has a blind curve, a parking on a road shoulder may be dangerous. There is a bridge that is not used any more, the visitors can park their cars. Admission free. Article is here

Cape Puyuni from Puyuni-misaki Lookout
Cape Puyuni, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

Utoro Onsen

Utoro Onsen (ウトロ温泉) is a hot-spring place in Utoro, Shari town located in the middle of Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島) and is called another name Shiretoko Onsen (知床温泉), and there are about 16 hot spring facilities. Utoro is one of the 3 major superb views in Hokkaido together with Shakotan and Benbe Rebun (Rebunge, Toyoura), and has been well-known as a scenic area since a long time ago. Hot springs were succeeded in drilling in 1971, and the Utoro Onsen has been developed as a tourist hub for Shiretoko Goko Lakes and Kamuiwakka Hot Falls, etc. in the north side of the Shiretoko Peninsula, and is a popular hot-spring resort for enjoying the sun set over the Sea of Okhotsk and mountains of Rausu. Article is here

Utoro Onsen Resort from Oronkoiwa Rock
Utoro Onsen in Shari

Iwaobetsu Onsen

Iwaobetsu Onsen (岩尾別温泉) is a hot spring place at about 215 m above sea level in Shari town located in the north side of Shiretoko peninsula (知床半島), and is famous as one of secret hot springs in Shiretoko National Park, and is near Kamuiwakka Hot Falls (カムイワッカ湯の滝) and Shiretoko Goko Lakes (知床五湖), and have famous natural open-air baths, Sandan-no-Yu (三段の湯) and Takimi-no-Yu (滝の湯). Only Hotel Chinohate (ホテル地の涯) and Kihoshita Hut (木下小屋) are built at the end of Hokkaido Road 93, and are used as hiker bases for Mt. Rausudake (羅臼岳). Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. They close a business in a winter season because the Hokkaido Road 93 is closed to traffic. Article is here

Sandan-no-Yu from Top
Iwaobetsu Onsen Sandan-no-Yu in Shari

Shiretoko National Park

Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島) is one of the only 4 World Natural Heritage Sites in Japan. Bears, deers and blakiston's fish-owls have lived in a deep forest. The sea is separeted from mountains by cliffs. Salmons and whales have lived in the sea. Those are connected with each other, and a great scenery is created. Because Shiretoko means "End of the Earth" in Ainu language, I can understand a reason that it is said to be an unexplored region. Article is here

Shiretoko Crossing Road
Shiretoko National Park

Furepe-no-Taki Walking Trail

Furepe-no-Taki Walking Trail (フレペの滝遊歩道) of around 1 km in total length is built from the Shiretoko Nature Center to the Furepe Falls. Because the bears often appear around here, it is recommended to clap their hands while walking. Beware of the bears. Wildbirds such as Great Spotted Woodpecker, Latham's Snipe and Oriental Cuckoo can be watched in a forest. When visitors come out of the woods, they reach to grassland. That has large openness, so Shiretoko Mountain Range can be seen from there, and Yezo Deers may appear. Furepe-no-Taki Observation Deck (フレペの滝展望台) like a gazebo is built to look at the falls in the end of the walking trail. Views are very good, and it is a tourist attraction that Utorozaki Lighthouse (ウトロ崎灯台) and the Sea of the Okhotsk (オホーツク海) look very beautiful. It takes about 30-60 minutes to go a round trip on foot. The walking trail is closed if the bears appear.

Walking Trail. Hikers Should Clap Thier Hands to Avoid Bears
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Grassland in Middle of Walking Trail
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Shiretoko Mountain Range
斜里のフレペの滝
Furepe-no-Taki Walking Trail
斜里のフレペの滝
Observation Deck
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Furepe Falls
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Yezo Deers Are above Waterfall!
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
2 Yezo Deers
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Mt. Rausudake Covered with Clouds
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Area under Cliff
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Furepe Falls
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Cruise Ship Plough Sea of Okhotsk
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Utorozaki Lighthouse
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Furepe Falls and Yezo Deers
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Walking Trail in Autumn
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Cape Utoro in Winter
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

Atmosphere of Furepe Falls Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Furepe Falls

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (120 Cars)
Business hours 09:00-16:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-152-22-2125
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 757 603 607*07

List of Activities in the Furepe Falls

Some activity companies serve Guided Tour and Snowshoe Tour. Refer to following websites for the activity companies. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Guided Tour

Movie of Guided Tour

広告

Shiretoko Nature Guide Hoshi-no-Jikan(知床ネイチャーガイド星の時間)
Sotoasobi
Shiretoko Guide Rise(知床の案内人 ライズ)
Jalan
Sotoasobi
Shirekoto Michi Annai(知床未知案内)
Sotoasobi
Shiretoko Naturalist Association(知床ナチュラリスト協会)
Jalan
Shiretoko Optional Tours(知床オプショナルツアーズ)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Shiretoko Nature Office(知床ネイチャーオフィス)
ASOVIEW
Sotoasobi
Shiretoko Sanko-sha(知床山考舎)
Jalan
Sotoasobi

Snowshoe Tour

Movie of Snowshoe Tour

Ueneusaru Midori(ウエネウサルみどり)
ASOVIEW
Sotoasobi
Shiretoko Nature Office(知床ネイチャーオフィス)
Jalan
Sotoasobi
First Ascent Shiretoko(ファーストアセント知床)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Shiretoko Naturalist Association(知床ナチュラリスト協会)
ASOVIEW
Jalan

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Furepe Falls. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Iwaobetsu Onsen

Hotel Chi-no-Hate(ホテル地の涯)
Booking
Shiretoko Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel(知床岩尾別ユースホステル)
Kinoshita Hut(木下小屋) Only Tel: +81-152-24-2824

Utoro Onsen

Shiretoko Grand Hotel kitakobushi(知床グランドホテル 北こぶし)
Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel(知床第一ホテル)
Shiretoko Prince Kazenamiki(知床プリンスホテル 風なみ季)
Kokumin Shukusha Katurada(国民宿舎 桂田)
Bons Home(ボンズホーム)
Rakuten
Hotel Shiretoko(ホテル知床)
Hotel kifu Club Shireotko(ホテル季風クラブ 知床)
Shiretoko Village(しれとこ村)
Yuhi-no-Ataru-Ie(夕陽のあたる家)
Shiretoko Pereke(しれとこペレケ)
Booking
Minshyuku Ishiyama(知床の宿 民宿いしやま)
Shiretoko Noble Hotel(知床ノーブルホテル)
Minsyuku Shiretokoso(民宿 知床荘) Only Tel:+81-152-24-2058
Onsen Minshuku Tanpopo(温泉民宿 たんぽぽ)
Booking
Iruka Hotel(いるかホテル)
Jalan
Oyado Kiraku(お宿来羅玖)
Booking
Jalan
Shiretoko HOSTEL Hanare(知床ホステル ハナレ)
Booking.com
Booking.com

A page of Shiretoko National Park is here

Shiretoko National Park

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