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Shiretoko National Park

Getting there & around

Do yourself a favour and hire a car in Kushiro if at all possible, as public transport is scarce (and comparably expensive). From late April to October buses run four times daily from Utoro (¥900, 50 minutes) along the northern side of the peninsula, passing the nature centre, the youth hostel, Shiretoko Go-ko and Kamuiwakka-no-taki before terminating at Shiretoko-ōhashi. For the rest of the year, buses run only as far as the nature centre. From mid-June to mid-October there are also buses four times daily to Rausu via the dramatic Shiretoko-Toge pass (¥1310, 55 minutes). Overnight buses direct from Chitose or Sapporo to Utoro (¥ 8000, seven hours and 25 minutes) or other nearby cities.

The one-way journey to Shiretoko-ōhashi takes 50 minutes, including breaks for gawking at deer, foxes and possibly bears. A few buses a day continue on to Utoro.

Shiretoko National Park