• July 22nd, 2014
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[Shiretoko Goko Lakes in Shari, Shiretoko] Both of Guided Tour and Walk without Guide Can Be Enjoyed in Home of Brown Bears

Shiretoko Goko Lakes

Shiretoko Goko Lakes (知床五湖) is a collective name of 5 lakes in Shari town, Shiretoko Peninsula. The 5 lakes, Lake Ichiko (一湖), Lake Niko (二湖), Lake Sanko (三湖), Lake Yonko (四湖) and Lake Goko (五湖) are in marsh at about 240 m above sea level, and are popular as a tourist attraction in hidden region. About 320,000 tourists visit here. Walks, observation decks, hiretoko Goko Lakes Field House (知床五湖フィールドハウス), Park Service Center (パークサービスセンター) and a parking lot are built on the site. Souvenirs and light meals are sold at the Park Service Center, too, and Lingonberry flavor soft serve ice cream has a good reputation. In addition, a restroom is at the building, too. The walks are available from late April to early November. In a winter, a snowshoe tour is held. Admission free. The parking lot is charged for JPY 500.
Guide Map of Shiretoko Goko Lakes

Ichiko and Shiretoko Mountain Range Are Viewed from Observation Deck in Summer
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

Movie of Shiretoko Goko Lakes

Shiretoko Goko Lakes from Sky
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Shiretoko Goko Park Service Center
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Entrace to Elevated Wooden Path
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Observation Deck and Ichiko
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Snowshoe Tour
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
Snowshoe Tour
Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

The distance is around 10 km away from the center of Utoro, and a restraunt, a cafe and a convenience store are not built around here. Kamuiwakka Hot Falls (カムイワッカ湯の滝) and Iwaobetsu Onsen (岩尾別温泉) are relatively near here.

Kamuiwakka Hot Falls

Kamuiwakka Hot Falls (カムイワッカ湯の滝) is a small collective waterfall with warm springs in Shari town, Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島), and is famous for enjoying bathing in basins like natural open-air baths, few rare falls in Japan. The Kamuiwakka means "God's Water" in Ainu language. Kamuiwakka River (カムイワッカ川), about 3 km lengh in total, flows from the bottom of Mt. Iou to the Sea of Okhotsk, and hot springs runs downward to the river. Kamuiwakka Falld (カムイワッカの滝) that can be seen only from the sea side is in the downstream, and a powerful dropping is popular, too. A road for the Kamuiwakka Hot Falls is opened to traffic from June to October. At the peak tourist season, ordinary owned cars have entrance regulation, and a shuttle bus runs from August 1 to August 25. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. The road is close to traffic from November to May. In addition, the road is close to traffic at 4 pm after 31 July. Beware of bears, too. Read More

Ichi-no-Taki
Kamuiwakka Hot Falls, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

Iwaobetsu Onsen

Iwaobetsu Onsen (岩尾別温泉) is a hot spring place at about 215 m above sea level in Shari town located in the north side of Shiretoko peninsula (知床半島), and is famous as one of secret hot springs in Shiretoko National Park, and is near Kamuiwakka Hot Falls (カムイワッカ湯の滝) and Shiretoko Goko Lakes (知床五湖), and have famous natural open-air baths, Sandan-no-Yu (三段の湯) and Takimi-no-Yu (滝の湯). Only Hotel Chinohate (ホテル地の涯) and Kihoshita Hut (木下小屋) are built at the end of Hokkaido Road 93, and are used as hiker bases for Mt. Rausudake (羅臼岳). Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. They close a business in a winter season because the Hokkaido Road 93 is closed to traffic. Read More

Sandan-no-Yu from Top
Iwaobetsu Onsen Sandan-no-Yu 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

    Shiretoko Goko Lakes Tour

    About 2 walks, Elevated Wooden Path (高架木道) and Ground Pathways (地上遊歩道) are built in the marsh. As for the Elevated Wooden Path, Only the Lake Ichiko can be seen. The Ground Pathways are divided into 2 courses, Short Loop Course and Long Loop Course, and the Lake Ichiko and the Lake Niko can be seen along the Short Loop Course, and all the lakes can be seen along the Long Loop Course.

    Shiretoko Goko Lakes from Sky
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

    Elevated Wooden Path

    The Elevated Wooden Path, about 800 m in total length, with electric fences is completely handicapped accessible wooden path built to avoid bears at 2-3 m in height, and has 3 observation decks, Renzan Observation Deck (連山展望台), Okotsuku Observation Deck (オコツク展望台) and Kohan Observation Deck (湖畔展望台), so everyone can be easy to view a scenery of the Shiretoko freely. It is said that views from the Elevated Wooden Path are most beautiful in the Shiretoko Goko Lakes, and the Shiretoko Mountain Range, the Lake Ichiko, the Sea of Okhotsk and a striped bamboo hill can be viewed. It is disappointing that only the Lake Ichiko can be seen in the 5 lakes, but you might see wild animals if you are lucky. It takes about 30-60 minutes each way on foot.

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    Entrace to Elevated Wooden Path
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Shiretoko Mountain Range
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Shiretoko Mountain Range
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Lake Ichiko and Kohan Observation Deck
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Striped Bamboo
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Sea of Okhotsk and Striped Bamboo
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Mt. Sharidake and Striped Bamboo
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Lake Ichiko and Shiretoko Mountain Range
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Kohan Observation Deck
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Kohan Observation Deck
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Lake Ichiko
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Observation Deck
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Ichiko and Shiretoko Mountain Range
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes and Shiretoko Mountain Range in Autumn
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Lake Ichiko and Shiretoko Mountain Range Are Viewed from Observation Deck in Autumn
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes in Autumn
    Shiretoko Goko Lakes, Utoro, Shiretoko National Park

    Atmosphere of Lake Ichiko Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Lake Ichiko

    Ground Pathways

    The Ground Pathways are one way trails to experience the nature of the Shiretoko such as marsh plants and primal forest. The Small Loop Course, 1.6 km length in total, and the Long Loop Course, 3 km in total length, are set in the marsh land. The Lake Ichiko and the Lake Niko can be seen along the Short Loop Course, and it takes about 90 minutes to go round the trail on foot. All the lakes can be seen along the Long Loop Course, and it takes about 3 hours to go round the trail on foot. Pretty animals such as Yezo Deers, Yezo Squirrels and Black Woodpeckers may appear. However, beware of brown bears.

    Lake Niko (Source: Wikipedia)
    斜里の知床五湖
    Lake Sanko (Source: Wikipedia)
    斜里の知床五湖

    Hikers for The Ground Pathways must abide by rules. From opening day to May 9 and from August 1 to October 20, the hikers have to take lectures at the Lake Shiretoko Goko Five Lakes Field House, and pay the lecture fee, and submit an application. So they can go round the trail freely. From May 10 to July 31, the brown bear are very active, so the hikers are forced to be guided by a tour guide. They have to take lectures at the Lake Shiretoko Goko Five Lakes Field House, and pay the lecture fee and the guide fee. From late October to closing day, the hikers can go round the trail freely without the lecture and the tour guide.

    Lake Yonko (Source: Wikipedia)
    斜里の知床五湖
    Lake Goko (Source: Wikipedia)
    斜里の知床五湖

    Atmosphere of Shiretoko Goko Lakes Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Shiretoko Goko Lakes

    Admission fee Elevated wooden path: Free of charge. Ground pathway: Free - JPY 5100 * It changes depending on seasons
    Parking lot Pay lot parking is provided (100 Cars) * Capacity for midsize vehicles: JPY 410.
    Business hours 07:30-sunset
    Regular closing day Winter season
    Telephone number +81-154-24-3323
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 757 730 306*56

      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.

      Iwaobetsu Onsen

        Hotel Chi-no-Hate(ホテル地の涯)
        Booking
        Kinoshita Hut(木下小屋)
        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

          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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