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Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido

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#34 of 253 in Nature in Hokkaido
Shiretoko National Park is located in Hokkaido. Plan your visit to Shiretoko National Park and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Hokkaido trip planner .
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  • The park is very well organized: in the tourist centre, there are plenty of activities and hikes in the surrounding area. The main one remains that of the 5 lakes, where the bears lurk... But fortunately we are told how to avoid them :-)
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  • A walk on a wooden walkway with electrified protection in the middle of the green. Too bad that the tour organized in the middle of the woods with guide is skipped as per notice posted at the entrance for the massive presence of bears, safety first of all. Parking at the entrance is charged at a cost of 500 yen.
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  • 素晴らしかったね。 Loved this wild, protected park on a peninsula. 'Five Lakes' is beautiful to walk around and there is plenty of wildlife to see, but my favorite experience was relaxing in a warm river called Kamuiwakka カムイワッカ. Great memories !
  • One of the most remote regions in Japan, much of the peninsula is only accessible on foot or by boat. Shiretoko is best known as the home of Japan's largest brown bear population and for offering views of Kunashiri Island, ownership of which Japan and Russia dispute. The park has a hot springs waterfallcalled Kamuiwakka Falls (カムイワッカの滝Kamuiwakka-no-taki). Kamui wakka means "water of the gods" in Ainu. The forests of the park are temperate and subalpinemixed forests; the main tree species include Sakhalin fir (Abies sachalinensis), Erman's birch (Betula ermanii) and Mongolian oak (Quercus mongolica). Beyond the forest limit there are impenetrable Siberian dwarf pine (Pinus pumila) thickets. In 2005, UNESCO designated the area a World Heritage Site, advising to develop the property jointly with the Kuril Islands of Russia as a transboundary "World Heritage Peace Park".
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