• July 22nd, 2014
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[Utoro Onsen in Shari, Shiretoko] Beautiful Forked Falls

Oshinkoshin Falls

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 has been 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.

Oshinkoshin Falls
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Oshinkoshinkan Souvenir Shop
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Oshinkoshinkan Souvenir Shop
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Public Restroom
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Parking Lot
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

Movie of Oshinkoshin Falls

Movie of CM of Lipovitan D

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), Sandan Falls (三段の滝) and Onnebetsu River (遠音別川) are relatively near here.

Town Road Oshinkoshin Line
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
View from Bridge
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Uppermost Stream of Oshinkoshin Falls
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Sandan Falls
Utoro

Onnebetsu River

Onnebetsu River (遠音別川) is a river in Shari town located in the north side of Shiretoko Peninsula, and Onnebetsu River crosses the river along National Route 334, and is near Oshinkoshin Falls (オシンコシンの滝). The Onnebetsu means "A large river" in Ainu language, but its width is around 10 m, so it is not large. River's source is rain and snow on mountains between Mt. Unabetsudake (海別岳) and Mt. Onnebetsudake (遠音別岳). The river is well-known as a good place to see salmon and pink salmon running upstream, and a lots of anglers come to catch those. The salmon and the pink salmon running upstream season is about from August to September. It sometimes happens that a bear appears in the river, so beware of the bear. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Onnebetsu Parking Area (遠音別パーキングエリア) is sometimes full along the National Route, so a parking lot is provided at the Onnebetsu River Salmon and Trout-Run Viewing Facility (遠音別川サケ・マス遡上観覧施設) during the best season. Read More

Onnebetsu River
Onnenetsu River 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

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.

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Stairway
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Lower Observation Deck
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Upper Observation Deck
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
View from Upper Observation Deck
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

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.

Oshinkoshin Falls in Distance
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Summer Oshinkoshin Falls
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Summer Oshinkoshin Falls
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Autumn Oshinkoshin Falls
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Autumn Oshinkoshin Falls
Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

Atmosphere of Oshinkoshin Falls Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Oshinkoshin Falls

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.

Winter Oshinkoshin Falls
Drift Ice, Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Winter Oshinkoshin Falls
Drift Ice, Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Winter Oshinkoshin Falls
Drift Ice, Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Winter Oshinkoshin Falls
Drift Ice, Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Drift Ice around Oshinkoshin Falls
Drift Ice, Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Drift Ice around Oshinkoshin Falls
Drift Ice, Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Drift Ice around Oshinkoshin Falls
Drift Ice, Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Some Overseas Tourists Take a Photo
Drift Ice, Oshinkoshin Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

Atmosphere of Drift Ice Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Drift Ice

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
Telephone number +81-152-22-2125
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 894 727 227*27

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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