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Nature in Middle of World Natural Heritage Can Be Enjoyed -Shiretoko Goko Lakes in Shari-

July 22nd, 2014

Shiretoko Goko Lakes (知床五湖) in Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島) are famous sightseeing spots that tourists can enjoy a scenery of 5 lakes surrounded by virgin forests, and are famous as an unexplored region. About 500,000 people visited here as a place that untouched nature can be enjoyed. It is closed in a winter. The tourists can look around the sightseeing spots from May to November. In the site, walking paths are roughly divided into 2 types of the walking paths, an elevated wooden path and a ground pathway, and there are 2 facilities, Shiretoko Goko Lakes Field House (知床五湖フィールドハウス) and Park Service Center (パークサービスセンター). The Park Service Center is a resting station, and sells souvenirs, and serves light meals, and a restroom is installed, too. In addition, there is a toll parking.

Walk guidance of the Shiretoko Goko Lakes

Shiretoko Goko Park Service Center
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Entrace to Elevated Wooden Path
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

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The elevated wooden path that anyone can enjoy the scenery of the Shiretoko freely was installed to avoid bears. Watching only 1 lake of the 5 lakes is a drawback of the elevated wooden path. As for the ground pathway, the tourists can take a walk through 2 courses in the starting point of the Shiretoko Goko Lakes Field House and can experience the Shiretoko virgin nature. Pretty animals such as Yezo Deers, Yezo Squirrels and Black Woodpeckers appear. However, beware of brown bears.

Entrace to Elevated Wooden Path
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Shiretoko Mountain Range
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Lake Ichiko and Lakeside Observation Deck
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Veitch's Bamboo
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Sea of Okhotsk and Veitch's Bamboo
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Mt. Shari-dake and Veitch's Bamboo
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Lake Ichiko and Shiretoko Mountain Range
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Lakeside Observation Deck
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Lakeside Observation Deck
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Lake Ichiko
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

Atmosphere of Shiretoko Ichiko Lake Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Shiretoko Ichiko Lake

As for the ground pathway, the tourists must pay lecture charges and guide charges beforehand. * The tourists can experience it free depending on seasons! It takes longest about 90 minutes, people having free time should experience the nature of the world heritage. By the way, the tourists take lectures at the Lake Shiretoko Goko Five Lakes Field House.

Atmosphere of Shiretoko Goko Lakes Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Shiretoko Goko Lakes

Admission fee Elevated wooden path: Free of charge. Ground pathway: Free - JPY 5100 * It changes depending on seasons
Parking lot Pay lot parking is provided (100 Cars) * Capacity for midsize vehicles: JPY 410.
Business hours 07:30-sunset
Regular closing day Winter season
Telephone number +81-154-24-3323
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 757 730 306*56

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Shiretoko Goko Lakes.

Hotel Chi-no-Hate(ホテル地の涯)      
Shiretoko Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel(知床岩尾別ユースホステル)  
Booking.com

A page of Shiretoko National Park is here

Shiretoko National Park

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