Shiretoko Wildlife Tours
The Shiretoko Peninsula, at the northeastern tip of Hokkaido, is one of the richest integrated ecosystems in the world. It provides an important example of the interaction of marine and terrestrial ecosystems as well as extraordinary ecosystem productivity, largely influenced by the formation of seasonal sea ice at the lowest latitude in the northern hemisphere. The peninsula is a habitat for many marine and terrestrial species including threatened seabirds and migratory birds, a number of salmonid species, and for marine mammals such as the Steller’s sea lion.
Explore this fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site and its rich biodiversity on private wildlife and nature tours. Trek vast wetlands with a specialist guide, explore virgin forests and towering clifftops, watch salmon migrate upstream, or experience the area after dark on a nocturnal safari. Winter brings subzero temperatures and seasonal sea ice. The cold makes for exciting experiences in snow-blanketed settings. Snowshoe through the Shiretoko National Park, tour frozen waterfalls, watch white-tailed and Steller's sea eagles, or follow a guide out onto the sea ice for thrilling views of the coast.