go to content go to search box go to global site navigation
Shiretoko National Park/Japan

Introducing Shiretoko National Park

Shiretoko-hantō, the peninsula that makes up Shiretoko National Park, was known in Ainu as 'the end of the world.' As remote as it gets, this magnificent stretch of land has limited vehicle access. Unless you're a keen hiker, you'll be limited to viewing the park from a cruise boat or seeing minimal parts of it from a bus. The rewards of a visit, however, are obvious. Shiretoko, a Unesco World Heritage Site, is Japan's last true wilderness.

The park has two access points, at Utoro (ウトロ) on its northwestern side, and at Rausu (羅臼) on its southeastern side. Chances are that if you're using public transport, you'll be bussing from Shari to Utoro.