• September 12th, 2017
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[Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula] Hiking Can Be Enjoyed in Old Phantom Lake

Lake Rausu

Lake Rausu (羅臼湖) is a freshwater lake at 740 m above sea level in the foot of Mt. Chinishiridake (知西別岳), and the perimeter is about 4 km, and the maximum depth is 2 m, and is the largest lake in the Shiretoko National Park. The lake used to be called a phantom lake because creeping pines growing thickly and a lot of bears had been kept people away. But trails are built at present, and are opened to hikers from June to October, so even beginner hikers can enjoy hiking. Except the Lake Rausu, there are 5 ponds (from Ichi-no-Numa Pond (一の沼) to Go-no-Numa Pond (五の沼)) and Menashi-Boyodai Lookout (目梨望遥台), and various sceneries such as a snow scenery in a spring, a fresh green in a summer and fall foliage in an autumn can be enjoyed. * Unfortunately, a trail to the Ichi-no-Numa Pond is not built, but hikers can see from the Ni-no-Numa Pond (二の沼) to the Go-no-Numa Pond along the trails. Admission free.
Trekking Map of Lake Rausu (羅臼湖のトレッキングマップ) in Japanese is here

Lake Rausu
Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula

Movie of Lake Rausu

The distance from an entrance to the Lake Rausu is 2.8km. It takes from an hour and a half to 2 hours each way. A Hygrophyte and an alpine plant can be enjoyed because trails are built on high moor. The trails are rough and some muddy paths, so that visitors had better wear rain boots or hiking boots. Water requirement, too. I brought a 500ml pet bottle with the water, but I felt that the water was not enough a little. Do not bring strong smell food and drink because those attract bears. In addition, a restroom is not built here, so the visitors should bring a portable toilet If needed. The rain boots, a bear spray and the portable toilet can be rented at Rausu Visitor Center (羅臼ビジターセンター). The distance is around 18 km away from the center of Rausu, and the distance is around 20 km away from the center of Utoro, and a restraunt, a cafe and a convenience store are not built around here. Shiretoko Pass (知床峠) is relatively near here.

Shiretoko Pass

Shiretoko Pass (知床峠) is a popular viewing point at 738 m above sea level between Rausu town and Shari town in Shiretoko Peninsula, and is located around the top of National Route 334 (the common name is Shiretoko Crossing Road (知床横断道路)) connecting Utoro with Rausu, the length of 27 km in total, with some sharp curves. Good views of Kunashiri Island (国後島) and Mt. Rausudake (羅臼岳) can be seen if the weather is fine. The place has sometimes foggy days, and you are lucky if the weather is fine. Observatory decks, a public restroom and a parking lot are built on the site. The parking lot is used for Lake Rausu hikers, too. * It takes 20-30 minutes from here to an entrance of the lake on foot. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. The road is closed to traffic from early November to late April. Read More

Mt. Rausudake
Shiretoko Pass in Rausu

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

    Lake Rausu Trip

    A parking lot (Parking is prohibited on a road) is not built near a trailhead, so ordinary hikers park their cars at Shiretoko Pass (知床峠), and take the bus for Rausu at Shiretokotoge (知床峠) bus stop, and get off the bus at Rausuko-Iruguchi (羅臼湖入口) bus stop. A bus fare was JPY 210. The hikers take a bus ticket when they get on the bus, and pay the money when they get off. In the case of walking, it takes around 20-30 minutes from the Shiretoko Pass to the Rausuko-Iruguchi, and the hikers had better beware of the bears. By the way, it took me around 40 minutes on foot on the way back. The rain boots were heavy, and I was tired with an upslope.
    Shari (斜里) Bus timetable is here

    Shiretoko Pass
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Hikers Wait for Bus
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Hikers Take Bus
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula

    The trailhead to the Lake Rausu is nearby the Rausuko-Iriguchi (bus for Utoro) bus stop. A hiking registration box is built, so the hikers should write their names, starting hiking time, and they should write finishing hiking time when they come back here.

    Entrance of Lake Rausu near Rausuko-Iriguchi Bus Stop
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Hikers Write Their Names on Hiking Registration
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Hiking Registration Box
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Trail
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Green and Blue World
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    A Lot of Muddy Trails
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Go Ahead
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula

    When I visited here in September 2017, the Ni-no-Numa Pond ran dry under the influence of low rainfall unfortunately . But maybe it was a rare scenery.

    Ni-no-Numa Pond
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Wooden Path beside Ni-no-Numa Pond
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Ni-no-Numa Evaporates Unfortunately
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula

    My most favorite pond is San-no-Numa (三の沼) Pond. Mt. Rausudake and the pond are just good size. Taking a rest is very comfortable while looking at the scenery.

    San-no-Numa Pond
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Hikers Look at San-no-Numa Pond
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Waterweed Called Sparganium Gramineum Georgi Can Be Seen on Surface of Pond
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    San-no-Numa Pond and Mt. Rausudake
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Fine Weather
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Mt. Rausudake
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Trail
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Wooden Path
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Marshland
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Hikers Walk on Wooden Path
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Stream Flows at Marshland
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Wooden Path
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula

    Yon-no-Numa Pond (四の沼) is beside a wooden path.

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    Yon-no-NUma Pond
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Yon-no-NUma Pond
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Something Like Floating Island on Yon-no-NUma Pond
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Mt. Chinishibetsudake
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Perhaps It Is Mt. Tenchozan
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Mt. Chinishibetsudake and Go-no-Numa Pond
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula

    Go-no-Numa Pond (五の沼) is the largest pond in the 5 ponds.

    Go-no-Numa Pond
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Go-no-Numa Pond
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Calm Atmosphere
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Gentiana Triflora var. Japonica
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Observation Deck around Lake Rausu Comes into Sight
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Perhaps It Is Mt. Tenchozan
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula

    A observation deck with entering capacity of about 10 people is built around the Lake Rausu, and the Lake Rausu and Mt. Chinishibetsudake (知西別岳) can be viewed there. A nature guide happened to be there said "Deers and bears sometimes swim the lake, and those landing on a small island can be seen if you are lucky". The nature guide was well-informed, so I think that you might as well join a guided tour. By the way, to eat food is prohibited on the trails because of attracting the bears, but the hikers can have a lunch here. Here is the end of the trails, so the hikers turn back to the trailhead.

    Observation Deck and Lake Rausu
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Observation Deck
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Lake Rausu
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Lake Rausu
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Lake Rausu
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Small Island
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula

    The separation of the trail to Menashi-Boyodai Lookout (目梨望遥台) is near the Ni-no-Numa Pond. I went up on the creeping pines on my way, and it was just lke the adventure playground. It took about 15 minutes each way. 360-degree view can be enjoyed here. It is marvelous! I have no way out if I run into the bear. But the scenery was very comfortable.

    Trail to Menashi-Boyodai Lookout
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Menashi-Boyodai Lookout
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Shiretoko Crossing Road and Kunashiri Island
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Kunashiri Island
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Mt. Rausudake
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula
    Creeping Pines Are Trail
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula

    There is no particular dangerous spot, so even beginner hikers can enjoy themselves. But a few hikers come because of less convenient for transportation and the bears. I think that few people is one of attractions. In addition, the hikers happened to be there told me "There is a high possibility the hikers run into the bears in the early morning". Therefore, maybe the bus timetable is a time zone for avoiding the bears.

    Kunashiri Island
    Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula

    Atmosphere of Lake Rausu Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Lake Rausu

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot No parking facilities * Visitors can park their cars at Shiretoko pass parking lot. But it takes about 20-50 minutes on foot.
    Business hours Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day From early October to late April
    Telephone number +81-153-87-2828
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 757 403 397*17

      List of Activities

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

      Nature Cruise or Drift Ice Cruise

      Movie of Nature Cruise


      Shiretoko Rausu Lincle(知床らうすリンクル)
      ASOVIEW
      Hamanasu(観光船はまなす)
      Maruha Hourai Suisan Godzilla-iwa Tourism(丸は宝来水産ゴジラ岩観光)
      ASOVIEW
      Shiretoko Nature Cruise(知床ネイチャークルーズ)
      Jalan

      Lake Rausu Guided Tour

      Movie of Lake Rausu Guided Tour


      Shiretoko Guide Pikki(知床のガイド屋 ピッキ)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan
      First Ascent Shiretoko(ファーストアセント知床)
      Jalan
      Shiretoko Nature Office(知床ネイチャーオフィス)
      Shiretoko Naturalist Association(知床ナチュラリスト協会)
      Jalan
      Shalom Guide Office(シャローム・ガイドオフィス)
      Jalan

      Kumagoe Falls Guided Tour

      Shiretoko Rausu Lincle(知床らうすリンクル)
      ASOVIEW
      Jalan

      Mt. Rausudake Guided Hiking

      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)

      List of Accommodations

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

      Rausu Onsen

        Rausu Daiichi Hotel(らうす第一ホテル)
        Hotel Mine-no-Yu(ホテル峰の湯)
        Booking
        Rakuten
        Shiretoko National Park Rausu Onsen Campsite(知床国立公園羅臼温泉野営場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten

        Rausu

          Rausu-no-Yado Marumi(羅臼の宿 まるみ)
          Booking
          Hotel Sakaeya(ホテル栄屋)
          Booking
          Rakuten
          Business Hotel Isaribi(ビジネスホテル漁火)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Pension Rausukl(ペンションラウスクル)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Takashimaya Ryokan(高島屋旅館)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Chishimaya Ryokan(千島屋旅館)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Minshuku Honma(民宿本間)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Minshuku Nomura(民宿野むら)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Minshuku Yonemaru(民宿よね丸)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Minshuku Kannari(民宿かんなり)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Minshuku Washi-no-Yado(民宿鷲の宿)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Minshuku Ippukudozo(民宿いっぷくどうぞ)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Rider House Okigaruya(ライダーハウス お気軽屋)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Rider House Max(ライダーハウス マックス)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Rausu Automobile Campsite(羅臼オートキャンプ場)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten

          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
                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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