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[Shiretoko Pass in Shiretoko Peninsula] Good Viewing Point

September 20th, 2017

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

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.

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

Lake Rausu

Lake Rausu (羅臼湖) is a freshwater lake at 740 m above sea level in 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. Article is here

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

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

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.

広告

Shari

Hotel Chi-no-Hate(ホテル地の涯)
Booking
Shiretoko Iwaobetsu Youth Hostel(知床岩尾別ユースホステル)
Kinoshita Hut(木下小屋) Only Tel: +81-152-24-2824
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)

Rausu

Rausu Daiichi Hotel(らうす第一ホテル)
Hotel Mine-no-Yu(ホテル峰の湯)
Booking
Rakuten
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
Takashimaya Ryokan(高島屋旅館)
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 Kannari(民宿かんなり)
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
Rider House Okigaruya(ライダーハウス お気軽屋)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com
Booking.com

A page of Shiretoko National Park is here

Shiretoko National Park

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