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Admire the Ussuri Brown Bear in Shiretoko


Sail along Shiretoko Peninsula’s coast and gaze upon the local fauna!


At the northeast tip of Hokkaido sits the stunningly scenic Shiretoko Peninsula, officially recognized as a World Heritage Site in 2005. It’s also a national park, home to countless varieties of animal life including bears, deer, eagles, orcas, and whales! The peninsula is both mountainous and volcanically active, which makes for spectacular views and plenty of waterfalls. There are even rare hot water streams!



Cruise tours are an unintrusive way to explore the local wildlife, keeping you safe from bears and other potentially dangerous critters. If you’re considering a tour in the untamed Shiretoko National Park, the Rusha Course tour takes only two hours with two departures a day. Highlights you can look forward to are a high rate of bear sightings, seals, and waterfalls. If you’re lucky, you may even spot dolphins, orcas, or whales!
The tour starts in Utorohigashi, with train access stopping in Shari. The region is only accessible via car or bus, so make sure you plan accordingly. You can choose between English and Japanese options. The tour is seasonal, and is available from late April through the end of October.



Shiretoko Peninsula Cruising




approx. 120 min. or more




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