• July 22nd, 2014
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[Oronko-iwa Rock in Shari, Shiretoko] Sunset and Godzilla-iwa Rock Can Be Seen at Old Legendary Fort

Oronko-iwa Rock

Oronko-iwa Rock (オロンコ岩) is a huge rock with 58 m in height in Shari town, Shiretoko Peninsula. Godzilla-iwa Rock (ゴジラ岩) and Sankaku-iwa Rock (三角岩) are around the tip of Cape Utoro (ウトロ崎), and Utoro Port (ウトロ港) is built around here. This area has some huge rocks, and Utoro Onsen Resort is nearby here, too. The Oronko-iwa Rock is well-known as a good place to see the sunset, and a wooden stairway is built from a trailhead to the top of the rock. A wooden path, the wooden stairway, a restroom and a parking lot are on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. In a winter, the wooden stairway is closed.

Oronko-iwa Rock
Oronko-iwa Rock, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Trailhead and Parking Lot
Oronko-iwa Rock, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Restroom
Oronko-iwa Rock, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

The Oronko means "A rock that sits down at there" in Ainu language. The rock has a legend of the Ainu people. Mischievous tribe called Oronko made this huge rock as a fort in the old days, and played a trick on Ainu people. So the Ainu people that angried at the Oronko people seemed to punishment them with a structure trap by using an imitation of a whale. It was just Trojan horse of Ainu version. When I looked the Oronko people up on the internet, they are real tribe that has lived in Japan and Sakhalin Island, Russian at present. Viewed in this way, this legend might be based on a true story. I am interested in this history.

Sankaku-iwa Rock
Oronko-iwa Rock, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Godzilla-iwa Rock
Oronko-iwa Rock, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

The distance is only 400 m away from the center of Utoro, and a restraunt, a cafe, a souvenir shop and a convenience store are built around here. Speaking of tasty restraunts in the Utoro, Utoro Gyokyo Fujinbu Shokudo (ウトロ漁協婦人部食堂), Banya (番屋), Namishibuki (波飛沫) and Araiso Ryori Kumanoya (荒磯料理 くまのや) are popular in particular. I ate seafood at the Utoro Gyokyo Fujinbu Shokudo, and it was tasy.

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

Utoro Gyokyo Fujinbu Shokudo

Utoro Gyokyo Fujinbu Shokudo (ウトロ漁協婦人部食堂) is a popular restraunt at Utoro port, Shari town. There is a building on the foot of Godzilla-iwa Rock (ゴジラ岩) near Oronko-iwa rock (オロンコ岩). The restraunt has an atomosphere such as a typical port restraunt and is not so large. There are only counter seats. Read More

Large Atka Mackerel
Grilled Atka Mackerel Combo -Utoro Gyokyo Fujinbu Shokudo 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

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    Shiretoko Crossing Road
    Shiretoko National Park

    Oronko-iwa Lookout

    The wooden stairway is built on the rockside, and the visitors can go up from the foot of the rock to the top of the rock. About 230 steps were pretty steep, so I was dripping with sweat. You may be tired because of a difference of elevation, so you should wear comfortable shoes. I finished going up the stairway for about 10 minutes. The top of the rock is flat, and a lookout looks like a primeval flower garden. Wild flowers such as Kamchatka Stonecrop and Yezo Day Lily are bloom on the rock. The wooden path are built to enjoy 360 degree view such as Shiretoko Mountain Range, the Utoro Onsen Resort, the Utoro Port and Cape Chashikotsu (チャシコツ崎). I think that you will be surprised at the good views if you go up the rock. In addition, here is a good tourist attraction to see the sunset across the sea, too, so some visitors come early in the evening. It takes about 30-60 minutes to enjoy yourself.

    Wooden Path Built on Rockside
    Oronko-iwa Rock, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Top of Rock
    Oronko-iwa Rock, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Top of Rock
    Oronko-iwa Rock, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Wooden Path
    Oronko-iwa Rock, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Setting Sun from Oronko-iwa Rock
    Orokolo Rock, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Cape Chashikotsu from Top
    Oronko-iwa Rock, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Oronko-iwa Rock in Winter
    Oronko-iwa Rock, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Top of Rock in Winter
    Oronko-iwa Rock, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Sea of Okhotsk Covered with Drift Ice
    Oronko-iwa Rock, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

    Atmosphere of Oronko-iwa Rock Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Oronko-iwa Rock

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (10 Cars)
    Business hours Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Winter season
    Telephone number +81-152-22-2125
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 894 854 430*10

      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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