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[Utoro Onsen in Shari, Shiretoko] Beautiful Forked Falls

July 22nd, 2014

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 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.

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) 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.

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

Direct Bus

From Sapporo to Utoro
Eagle Liner Leaves for Sapporo at 23:15

From Utoro to Sapporo
Eagle Liner Leaves for Utoro at 09:20

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

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.

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.

広告

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 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)
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)
Booking.com

A page of Shiretoko National Park is here

Shiretoko National Park

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