• July 22nd, 2014
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[Furepe Falls in Shari, Shiretoko] Bears and Deers Often Appear on Furepe-no-Taki Walking Trail

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

Shiretoko Nature Center
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Shiretoko Nature Center
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Wildlife Protection Center
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Shiretoko 100 Square-Meter Trust House
Furepe Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Parking Lot
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. Cape Puyuni (プユニ岬), Utoro Onsen (ウトロ温泉) and Iwaobetsu Onsen (岩尾別温泉) are relatively near here.

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. Read More

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 part 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. Read More

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. Read More

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

By the way, a highway bus, Eagle Liner (イーグルライナー), runs between Sapporo and the Utoro.

    List of Means of Transportation

    Refer to following a company for the highway bus service between the Utoro and the Sapporo. Refer to following the means of the transportation. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    (Chuo Bus)中央バス From Sapporo to Utoro
    (Chuo Bus)中央バス From Utoro to Sapporo
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are at Memanbetsu Airport and Nakashibetsu Airport.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are at the Memanbetsu Airport and the Nakashibetsu Airport.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are at the Memanbetsu Airport and the Nakashibetsu Airport.
    Jalan
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are at the Memanbetsu Airport and the Nakashibetsu Airport.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are at the Memanbetsu Airport and the Nakashibetsu Airport.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their offices are at the Memanbetsu Airport and the Nakashibetsu Airport.
    Harada Automobile Technical Company(原田自動車工業) Their office is near Shari Station
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Shiretoko Tourist(知床ツーリスト) Their office is near Kiyosato Station
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    With You Inc.(株式会社ウィズ・ユー) Their offices are near the Shari Station or at the Utoro
    Jalan
    Rakuten

    Shiretoko National Park

    Shiretoko National Park (知床国立公園) at the northeastern edge of Japan main land is a national park between Shari town and Rausu town in the the northeastern part of Hokkaido. Most northern part of Shiretoko Peninsula has been desinged as the national park since 1964, and has also been designed World Natural Heritage Site, one of only 4 world natural heritage sites in Japan, since 2005. In the national park, there are Shiretoko Mountain Range (知床連山) such as Mt. Rausudake (羅臼岳), Mt. Chinishibetsudake (知西別岳), Mt. Iou (硫黄山) and Mt. Shiretokodake (知床岳), and here is a tourist attraction on behalf of Hokkaido containing some hot spring places such as Aidomari Onsen (相泊温泉), Seseki Onsen (瀬石温泉), Rausu Onsen (羅臼温泉) and Iwaobetsu Onsen (岩尾別温泉). The Shiretoko National Park is roughly divided into 2 areas, Shari Area and Rausu Area. The area is about 39,000 ha in total. A deep forest that wild animals such as Brown Bears, Yezo Deers and Blakiston's Hish-owls inhabit, Steep cliffs with about 100 m in height that separet the sea from mountains, the sea that marine life such as Salmons and Whales swim in, and those closely related to each other create great nature views. Because the Shiretoko means "The end of the earth" in Ainu language, I can understand the reason that it is said to be an unexplored region. Read More

    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.

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    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

      Some activity companies serve some types of activities in the north side of the Shiretoko Peninsula. Refer to following websites for the activity companies. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      Sea Cruise

      Movie of Sea Cruise


      Shiretoko Sightseeing Ship Aurora(知床観光船おーろら)
      ASOVIEW
      Shiretoko Sightseeing Cruiser(知床遊覧船)
      Shiretoko Sightseeing Cruiser Dolphin(知床クルーザー観光船ドルフィン)
      ASOVIEW
      Godzilla-iwa Tourism(ゴジラ岩観光)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Shiretoko Cruising Fox(知床世界遺産クルーズFOX)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Sea Kayak Tour

      Movie of Sea Kayak


      Shiretoko Outdoor Guide Center(知床アウトドアガイドセンター)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Guided Tour

      Movie of Guided Tour


      Shiretoko Guide Pikki(知床のガイド屋 ピッキ)
      Ueneusaru Midori(ウエネウサルみどり)
      Okhotsk Jinendo(オホーツク自然堂)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Shiretoko Optional Tours(知床オプショナルツアーズ)
      ASOVIEW
      First Ascent Shiretoko(ファーストアセント知床)
      ASOVIEW
      Shirekoto Michi Annai(知床未知案内)
      ASOVIEW
      Shiretoko Forest Guide Yurari(知床の森のガイド ゆらり)
      ASOVIEW
      Hokkaido Private Adventure: English speaker guide(北海道プライベートアドベンチャー)
      ASOVIEW

      Night Guided Tour

      Movie of Night Guided Tour


      Shiretoko Guide Pikki(知床のガイド屋 ピッキ)
      Jalan
      Shiretoko Nature Office(知床ネイチャーオフィス)
      Shiretoko Sanko-sha(知床山考舎)
      Jalan
      Shiretoko Naturalist Association(知床ナチュラリスト協会)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Shirekoto Michi Annai(知床未知案内)
      ASOVIEW

      Drift Ice Walk Tour

      Movie of Drift Ice Walk


      Shiretoko Nature Office(知床ネイチャーオフィス)
      Jalan
      Godzilla-iwa Tourism(ゴジラ岩観光)
      Jalan
      Shiretoko Naturalist Association(知床ナチュラリスト協会)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Mt. Rausudake Guided Hiking Tour

      Movie of Mt. Rausudake Hiking


      Shiretoko Club(知床倶楽部)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Shiretoko Sanko-sha(知床山考舎)
      Jalan
      Shiretoko ARPA(知床アルパ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Shalom Guide Office(シャローム・ガイドオフィス)

      Kamuiwakka Hot Falls Guided Tour

      Shiretoko Guide Rise(知床の案内人 ライズ)
      First Ascent Shiretoko(ファーストアセント知床)
      Shiretoko Alpa(知床アルパ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Furepe Falls Guided Tour

      Movie of Guided Tour


      Shiretoko Nature Guide Hoshi-no-Jikan(知床ネイチャーガイド星の時間)
      Shiretoko Guide Rise(知床の案内人 ライズ)
      Jalan
      Shirekoto Michi Annai(知床未知案内)
      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
      Shiretoko Sanko-sha(知床山考舎)
      Jalan

      Furepe Falls Snowshoe Tour

      Movie of Snowshoe Tour


      Ueneusaru Midori(ウエネウサルみどり)
      Shiretoko Nature Office(知床ネイチャーオフィス)
      Jalan
      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

      Shiretoko Goko Lakes Guided Tour

      Movie of Guided Tour


      Shiretoko Guide Rise(知床の案内人 ライズ)
      First Ascent Shiretoko(ファーストアセント知床)
      Shiretoko Alpa(知床アルパ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Okhotsk Jinendo(オホーツク自然堂)
      Jalan
      Shiretoko Naturalist Association(知床ナチュラリスト協会)
      Jalan
      Shiretoko Nature Guide Hoshi-no-Jikan(知床ネイチャーガイド星の時間)
      Shirekoto Michi Annai(知床未知案内)
      ASOVIEW
      Shiretoko Tourist(知床ツーリスト)
      Shiretoko Optional Tours(知床オプショナルツアーズ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      Shiretoko Guide Pikki(知床のガイド屋 ピッキ)
      Jalan
      Shiretoko Nature Office(知床ネイチャーオフィス)
      Ueneusaru Midori(ウエネウサルみどり)
      Shiretoko Sanko-sha(知床山考舎)
      Jalan

      Shiretoko Goko Lakes Snowshoe Tour

      Movie of Snowshoe Tour


      Shiretoko Naturalist Association(知床ナチュラリスト協会)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      First Ascent Shiretoko(ファーストアセント知床)
      Jalan

      List of Accommodations

      Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Shari. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

      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(KIKI知床ナチュラルリゾート)
        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)
        Shiretoko National Camping Ground(国設知床野営場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten

        Iwaobetsu Onsen

          Hotel Chi-no-Hate(ホテル地の涯)
          Booking
          Kinoshita Hut(木下小屋)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten

          Shari

            Route-Inn Grantia Shiretoko Shariekimae(ルートイングランティア知床斜里駅前)
            Shari-Daiichi Hotel(斜里第一ホテル)
            Booking
            Shari Central Hotel(斜里セントラルホテル)
            じゃらん
            Shari Onsen Yumotokan(斜里温泉 湯元館)
            Booking
            Okanmaru(往還丸)
            Booking
            Clione Camp Guest House(クリオネキャンプ場ゲストハウス)
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Shiretoko Villa Hotel Freeze(知床ヴィラ ホテル フリーズ)
            Booking
            Shari Green Onsen(斜里 グリーン温泉)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Ryokan Sakura(旅館さくら)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Minshuku Kaze-no-Ko(民宿 風の子)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Midorikobo Shari Soyokaze Campsite(みどり工房しゃり そよ風キャンプ場)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Booking.com

            A page of Shiretoko National Park is here

            Shiretoko National Park

            By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.

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