Shiretoko National Park covers most of the Shiretoko Peninsula at the northeastern tip of the island of Hokkaidō, Japan. In all the park is 386.3 km².
The word “Shiretoko” is derived from an Ainu word “sir etok”, meaning “the place where the earth protrudes”.
One of the most remote regions in all of Japan, much of the peninsula is only accessible on foot or by boat. The park is best known as the home of Japan’s largest brown bear population and for offering views of Kunashiri Island. Ownership of Kunashiri Island is disputed by both Japan and Russia.
The park has a hot springs waterfall called Kamuiwakka Falls. Kamui wakka means “water of the gods” in Ainu. The forests of the park are temperate and sub-alpine mixed forests. The main tree species include Sakhalin fir, Erman’s birch and Mongolian oak. Beyond the forest limit there are impenetrable Siberian Dwarf Pine thickets.
UNESCO designated the area a World Heritage Site in 2005, recommending the property be developed jointly with Kuril Islands of Russia as a trans-boundary, “World Heritage Peace Park”.
Shiretoko National Park
Japan, Hokkaido Prefecture, Menashi District
Tel: +81 154-32-7500
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