Shiretoko is another heritage site I have been to. I lived in Hokkaido from 2008 to 2010 but at that time I even didn’t think about going there. I visited Shiretoko peninsula 2015 June. Originally I was going with my ex but, well, I needed to go by myself. Sad. But that was an amasing trip, not centimental at all. Who knows!!
When I touched down at Memanbetsu airport, I thought it was very close from Tokyo. It could be a weekend home.
Then hired a car and started the journey in Shiretoko peninsula.
The North island, Hokkaid. Driving in the endless field and smell of nature makes me feel refreshed. I can never experience this in Tokyo.
The first destination was Shiretoko-go-ko(meaning five lakes).
Shiretoko-go-ko is pristine nature with five lakes.
By walking on pedestrian deck, you can view premeval forests spread around. The tranquil lakes mirror blue sky and a range of mountains with snow.
Shiretoko is a habitat of brown bears and other wild animals. On the way to Shiretoko-go-ko, I saw brown bears at road side. I realised I steped into the nature we have to respect.
Depending on the season, it is allowed to walk in the forests with a guide. You might come accross to bears so need to be carefull. I of cource did not walk in the forests after I saw bears just 30 minutes ago walking just off the drive way. However, It might be quite low chance to see them close, because i saw a group of photographers who seemed so exited to see bears walking miles away on the hill and taking photos of them which you barely can see.
From 20 minutes drive from Shiretoko-go-ko, there is “Kamui-wakka Yu no taki”. This is a spring water fall. When I went there there were only a few people so did not clime up the fall but some tourists enjoy climing up as activity. It is said the whole fall is hot spring but water at the bottom of the fall is not that hot.
There is also the sign of “beware of bears”. I just took some photos and left. The drive way to the fall is very rough gravel road so first time, you might got the wrong way.
It is very thrilling to walk around in the forest.
Bears might come out from a bush!!!