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Shiretoko Pass
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[Shiretoko Pass in Shiretoko Peninsula] Good Viewing Point

Shiretoko Pass

Shiretoko Pass (知床峠) is a popular viewing point at 738 m above sea level between Rausu town and Shari town in Shiretoko Peninsula, and is located around the top of National Route 334 (the common name is Shiretoko Crossing Road (知床横断道路)) connecting Utoro with Rausu, the length of 27 km in total, with some sharp curves. Good views of Kunashiri Island (国後島) and Mt. Rausudake (羅臼岳) can be seen if the weather is fine. The place has sometimes foggy days, and you are lucky if the weather is fine. Observatory decks, a public restroom and a parking lot are built on the site. The parking lot is used for Lake Rausu hikers, too. * It takes 20-30 minutes from here to an entrance of the lake on foot. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. The road is closed to traffic from early November to late April.

Shiretoko Pass and Mt. Rausudake
Shiretoko Pass in Rausu

Movie of Shiretoko Crossing Road

Shiretokotoge Parking Lot
Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
Public Restroom beside Shiretokotoge Parking Lot
Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
Shiretokotoge Observation Deck
Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
Mt. Rausudake
Shiretoko Pass in Rausu

Movie of Shiretoko Pass

Lake Rausu

Lake Rausu (羅臼湖) is a freshwater lake at 740 m above sea level at the foot of Mt. Chinishiridake (知西別岳), and the perimeter is about 4 km, and the maximum depth is 2 m, and is the largest lake in the Shiretoko National Park. The lake used to be called a phantom lake because creeping pines growing thickly and a lot of bears had been kept people away. But trails are built at present, and are opened to hikers from June to October, so even beginner hikers can enjoy hiking. Except the Lake Rausu, there are 5 ponds (from Ichi-no-Numa Pond (一の沼) to Go-no-Numa Pond (五の沼)) and Menashi-Boyodai Lookout (目梨望遥台), and various sceneries such as a snow scenery in a spring, a fresh green in a summer and fall foliage in an autumn can be enjoyed. * Unfortunately, a trail to the Ichi-no-Numa Pond is not built, but hikers can see from the Ni-no-Numa Pond (二の沼) to the Go-no-Numa Pond along the trails. Admission free. Read More

Hikers Look at San-no-Numa Pond
Lake Rausu in Shiretoko Peninsula

In a spring, an opening ceremony for the Shiretoko Crossing Road "Shiretoko Snow Wall Walk (知床雪壁ウォーク)" is held, and visitors can enjoy walking along high snow walls with 3-4 m in height or can enjoy snowboarding and skiing. In a summer, fresh green or a sea of clouds can be enjoyed. In an autumn, fall foliage can be seen. Here is well-known for one of best scenic spots for autumn leaves in Hokkaido, too. The Shiretoko Crossing Road is popular as a drive route. In addition, a lot of hikers or bicycle riders cross a mountain pass. But Beware of bears along the road. If the bears appear on the road, Never get close to them, and never give them foods. If they do not come to afraid of humans, they may attack you or next person, and the bears may be shot to death as a result.

Shiretoko Snow Wall Walk
Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
Shiretoko Snow Wall Walk
Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
Snow Walls Are beside Shiretoko Crossing Road
Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
Removing Snow on Shiretoko Crossing Road
Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
Snowboarding
Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
Morning Sun and Sea of Clouds
Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
Autumn Shiretoko Crossing Road
Shiretoko Pass in Rausu

Movie of Appeared Bears on Shiretoko Crossing Road

The distance is around 20 km away from the center of Rausu, and the distance is around 18 km away from the center of Utoro, and a restraunt, a cafe and a convenience store are not built near here. By the way, a nonstop bus, Eagle Liner (イーグルライナー), runs between Sapporo and Utoro.

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    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 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.
    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

    Shiretokotoge Observation Deck

    The observation decks are on the other side of the road, and the Mt. Rausudake and the Pacific Ocean can be viewed. Even in the summer, it is chilly, so you should wear warm clothes. Here is popular for birdwatching or photos of wildbirds, and some visiotrs take a shot of the bird early in the morning. The wild birds such as Pine Grosbeak, White-tailed Eagle and Red-flanked Bluetail can be watched, and the Pine Grosbeak is popular in particular. In the evening, starry sky is beautiful.

    Shiretokotoge Observation Deck from Parking Lot
    Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
    Shiretokotoge Observation Deck Is Crowded with Tourists
    Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
    Kunashiri Island Can Be Seen
    Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
    National Route 334
    Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
    Good View!
    Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
    Look of Shiretokotoge Observation Deck
    Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
    View from Shiretokotoge Observation Deck
    Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
    View from Shiretokotoge Observation Deck
    Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
    Shiretokotoge Observation Deck and Mt. Rausudake
    Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
    Shiretokotoge Parking Lot
    Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
    Starry Sky from Shiretoko Pass
    Shiretoko Pass in Rausu
    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (120 Cars)
    Business hours 24 hours
    Regular closing day From early November to late April
    Business hours +81-153-87-2162
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 757 493 182*72

    List of Accommodations

    Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Shiretoko Pass. 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)
      KIKI Shiretoko Natural Resort(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)
      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)
      Guest House Lantan(ゲストハウス ランタン(航灯))
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Shiretoko National Camping Ground(国設知床野営場)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten

      Rausu Onsen

        Rausu Daiichi Hotel(らうす第一ホテル)
        Hotel Mine-no-Yu(ホテル峰の湯)
        Booking
        Rakuten
        Shiretoko National Park Rausu Onsen Campsite(知床国立公園羅臼温泉野営場)
        Booking
        Jalan
        Rakuten

        Iwaobetsu Onsen

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

          Rausu

            Rausu-no-Yado Marumi(羅臼の宿 まるみ)
            Booking
            Hotel Sakaeya(ホテル栄屋)
            Booking
            Rakuten
            Business Hotel Isaribi(ビジネスホテル漁火)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Pension Rausukl(ペンションラウスクル)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Chishimaya Ryokan(千島屋旅館)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Minshuku Honma(民宿本間)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Minshuku Nomura(民宿野むら)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Minshuku Yonemaru(民宿よね丸)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Minshuku Washi-no-Yado(民宿鷲の宿)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Minshuku Ippukudozo(民宿いっぷくどうぞ)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Minshuku Tabi-no-Tochu(民宿 旅の途中)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Shiretoko-no-Yado(知床の宿)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Minshuku Seikomaru(民宿 清幸丸)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Shiretoko Serai(知床サライ)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Rider House Hamakko Yamachan(ライダーハウス浜っ子山ちゃん)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Rider House Okigaruya(ライダーハウス お気軽屋)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Rider House Max(ライダーハウス マックス)
            Booking
            Jalan
            Rakuten
            Rausu Automobile Campsite(羅臼オートキャンプ場)
            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)
              Booking
              じゃらん
              Shari Onsen Yumotokan(斜里温泉 湯元館)
              Booking
              Okanmaru(往還丸)
              Booking
              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
              Clione Camp Guest House(クリオネキャンプ場ゲストハウス)
              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
              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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