[Utoro Onsen in Shari, Shiretoko] Beautiful Forked Falls
July 22nd, 2014
Oshinkoshin Falls (オシンコシンの滝) is a famous waterfall in the root of Cape Oshinkoshin (オシンコシン崎) in Shari town, Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島), and the Oshinkoshin means "A place that Sakhalin fir grows thickly in the downstream" in Ainu language. Because dropping Charassenai River (チャラッセナイ川) is divided into 2 ways, it is called Beautiful Forked Falls (双美の滝), too. Dropping water hits rocks and bubbles, and it is interesting in looking white. The falls is chosen as one of "100 Selections of Japanese Waterfalls", and Japanese movie "Person Living in End of The Earth (地の涯に生きるもの)" used here as a motif. In addition, here was a shooting place for Japanese CM "Lipovitan D (リポビタンD)", too. A tourist attraction is along Shiretoko Natinonal Route (知床国道 * National Route 334), Tourists are easy to drop in here. Oshinkoshinkan souvenir shop (オシンコシン舘), an observation deck, a public restroom and a parking lot is built on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge.
A view from Town Road Oshinkoshin Line (町道オシンコシン道路) above the Oshinkoshin Falls has a good reputation, and it is a little-known good place. But the road is closed in a winter. As for the falls, the falls covered with fresh green can be enjoyed in a summer, the falls surronded by autumn leaves can be enjoyed in an autumn, and the icefall and drift ice can be enjoyed in the winter. A drop of the Oshinkoshin Falls has some opinons, and I searched those on the internet, and 3 opinons, 30 m, 50 m and 80 m are mainstreams. so I checked it on the online observed altitude service, and the correct drop is about 30 m. The distance is around 7 km away from the center of Utoro, and a convenience store is not built near here. Oshinkoshin Lookout (オシンコシン展望台) and Sandan Falls (三段の滝) are relatively near here. By the way, a nonstop bus, Eagle Liner (イーグルライナー), runs between Sapporo and Utoro.
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. Article is here
Oshinkoshin Falls in Summer, Autumn and Winter
It takes about 3 minute from the parking lot to the observation deck on foot. The whole falls can be seen from the lower observation deck, and the powerful falls can be enjoyed from the upper observation deck. Be careful to keep dry from splashes of the falls. In addition, Beware of bears early in the morning or in the evening, too.
Oshinkoshin Falls in Summer or Autumn
In the summer, a conbination of white bubbles and fresh green is very beautiful, so here might be crowded with a lot of the tourists because of popular tourist attraction. But a few tourists come gere early in the evening, and the setting sun across the Sea of Okhotsk can be seen, too. In the autumn, the Oshinkoshin Falls is surrounded by the autumn leaves, and different charm can be enjoyed.
Atmosphere of Oshinkoshin Falls Can Be Watched on Youtube
Oshinkoshin Falls in Winter
In the winter, most part of the falls is covered with ice, so the ice fall can be enjoyed. In addition, a lot of dirft ice come along the coast in front of the falls. I was impressed at white world covered with the drift ice. Very nice view! Tourists from Europe got absorbed in taking a photo when I visited here.
Atmosphere of Drift Ice Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (35 Cars)|
|Business hours||24 hours * Oshinkoshinkan 08:00-18:00|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round * Oshinkoshinkan From early November to late April|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||894 727 227*27|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Oshinkoshin Falls. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|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)|
|Hotel kifu Club Shireotko(ホテル季風クラブ 知床)|
|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)||
|Shiretoko HOSTEL Hanare(知床ホステル ハナレ)|
A page of Shiretoko National Park is here
Shiretoko National Park