Shiretoko-go-ko Nature Trail
Shiretoko-go-ko Nature Trail information
This little group of five lakes (go-ko) is well worth a visit, but unfortunately it's trapped in a bureaucratic quagmire. Eighteen kilometres north of Utoro, a short walk of 800m on an elevated boardwalk (40 minutes return) from the entrance to the rather unromantically named Lake 1 (Ichi-ko ) is free and requires no applications.
If you want to go on to Lakes 2 to 5, however, you need to submit applications, pay the right fee and attend a lecture first. See the website for the exact requirements.