Shiretoko-go-ko Nature Trail
Shiretoko-go-ko Nature Trail information
Lonely Planet review
This little group of five lakes (go-ko) is well worth a visit, but unfortunately it's trapped in a bureaucratic quagmire! Fourteen kilometres north from 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! Between May 10 and July 31 you can only walk as part of an authorised tour party with a registered guide. See the website for exact requirements.