In 2005, Shiretoko was registered as a World Heritage Site, and is filled with tourist spots including wetlands such as the Shiretoko Five Lakes and many waterfalls. Also, there are various animals specific to Hokkaido such as Brown bear, Ezo deer, owl, White-tailed eagle, and Black woodpecker, so animal watching is popular. However, Rausudake, one of Japan's 100 greatest mountains, is highly recommended.
The peak of Rausudake is approximately 1,600 m. You start climbing from near sea level 0. At the entrance of the mountain trail, there is a large Katsura tree, whose heart-shaped leaves heal visitors' hearts. On the way through the woods a sharp uphill is a bit hard, but you will be moved when you have an open view. As you reach Gokurakudaira, a view spreads in front of your eyes.
There you can enjoy a fresh. cool breeze. As a measure against bears, a box keeping smell is set up, which allows visitors to store food.
After passing by Gokurakudaira, you climb a rocky area all the way to the end. If you are lucky, you bump into chipmunks. This uphill is also hard, but a view from the peak is awesome. The Sea of Okhotsk spreads on the Utoro side, and you can see Kunashirito on the Rausu side. Sometimes it's foggy, and you may get to meet Brocken monster.
As you climb down, you will find a hot spring hotel near the entrance of the mountain trail, and some open air baths are open free of charge. However, there is no partition, so there is no place where women can disrobe. But we recommend that they try at least a foot bath.
In addition, when you go back to Utoro, you can find a restaurant where you can eat not only seafood but also Brown bear and sea lion, animals only found in Shiretoko. Brown bear's raw meat is rather simple. Please savor the taste.
After the first visit, you want to go back to Shiretoko, which is a brown bear habitat. Bears are often spotted in the Shiretoko Five Lakes, and Rausudake also has various spots where bears frequent. You should not forget that you are a visitor to their habitat, and please enjoy yourself while taking measures such as bringing a bear bell, being in a group, not throwing away food, and gather bear information.
Address: Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido