Furepe Waterfall (Furepe-no-taki [フレペの滝])

Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan

Rating: 1.5     Difficulty: 1
Furepe Falls

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INTRODUCTION

The Furepe Waterfall (Furepe-no-taki [フレペの滝]) was kind of a percolating spring waterfall that seeped out of the sea-battered cliffs and right into the Sea of Okhotsk. Due to the delicate nature of the falls, the Japanese translation of "furepe" was said to be something like "maiden's tears", this one kind of blended in with other waterfalls that we saw on the boat tour of Shiretoko's coastline that we took out of Utoro.

Like with the Kamuiwakka-no-taki, I've included a separate page for this falls instead of clumping it with the other Shiretoko Waterfalls because it was possible to experience this falls from land as well as by boat. However, unlike with Kamuiwakka-no-taki, it was our fault for completely overlooking the trail that we could've done to get to the top of Furepe-no-taki by land. I guess this oversight was a result of how much there was to see and do in the Shiretoko-hanto.

So as you might have guessed, the only way we experienced the falls was by boat. At least the benefit of doing this was that we could get cleaner frontal views of the Furepe Waterfall. The challenge was getting a decent photo (i.e. not blurry or awkwardly composed) with the bobbing of the boat. This especially made things difficult on Julie's slow point-and-shoot camera, but even timing it on my much faster DSLR was still non-trivial.

In case you're wondering, had we visited the top of Furepe-no-taki by land, we would've taken a short 20-minute walking path that began from right behind the Shiretoko Nature Center. The main benefit of visiting the falls in this manner was that we would've had nice coastal views agsinst the context of the Sea of Okhotsk. Maybe one of these days, we'll come back here and try to do it this day.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

In Shiretoko (which Furepe Falls belongs to), wildlife and waterfalls seem to go together as this photo of deer grazing in an open meadow backed by attractive mountains would attestIn Shiretoko (which Furepe Falls belongs to), wildlife and waterfalls seem to go together as this photo of deer grazing in an open meadow backed by attractive mountains would attest
South of Furepe Falls about less than an hour drive south of Shari off Hwy 391 and a local access road was the beautiful crater lake called Lake Masho or MashokoSouth of Furepe Falls about less than an hour drive south of Shari off Hwy 391 and a local access road was the beautiful crater lake called Lake Masho or Mashoko
Roughly 2 hours southwest of Utoro (or about 45 minutes south of Abashiri/Shari) was Lake Wakoto and the Wakoto-hanto, which featured this natural onsen bordering the lakeRoughly 2 hours southwest of Utoro (or about 45 minutes south of Abashiri/Shari) was Lake Wakoto and the Wakoto-hanto, which featured this natural onsen bordering the lake
Another hour drive to the southwest of Lake Wakoto was Lake Akan or Akanko, which featured these Marimo BallsAnother hour drive to the southwest of Lake Wakoto was Lake Akan or Akanko, which featured these Marimo Balls
More distant view of the Furepe WaterfallMore distant view of the falls

As we were around the Furepe Waterfall, we saw other seeping waterfalls making their way down the cliff faceAs we were around the Furepe Waterfall, we saw other seeping waterfalls making their way down the cliff face

Another one of the seeping waterfalls near the Furepe Waterfall.  I believe this one was called the Man's TearsAnother one of the seeping waterfalls near the Furepe Waterfall. I believe this one was called the Man's Tears

This seeping waterfall looked almost as forceful (if not more) than the Furepe-no-taki.  I believe it was called Yunohana FallsThis seeping waterfall looked almost as forceful (if not more) than the Furepe-no-taki. I believe it was called Yunohana Falls.

More contextual look at a fairly high volume seeping cliff waterfall prior to Furepe-no-takiMore contextual look at a fairly high volume seeping cliff waterfall prior to Furepe-no-taki

Looking back at a few more thin seeping waterfalls near the Furepe-no-takiLooking back at a few more thin seeping waterfalls near the Furepe-no-taki

After having visited the Shiretoko Five Lakes, we completely overlooked the nature trail to the top of Furepe-no-takiAfter having visited the Shiretoko Five Lakes, we completely overlooked the nature trail to the top of Furepe-no-taki. So I guess we could've blamed that place for our incomplete writeup of the falls.


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

For the boat excursion, see the Kamuiwakka Waterfall page for details.

For the Nature Walk, the Shiretoko Nature Center was about 5km north from Utoro near the intersection of the road going to the Shiretoko Go-ko (Five Lakes) and the road heading to the east side of Shiretoko-hanto.

For geographical context, it took us a pretty brutally long and slow 5 hours of driving to get from Asahikawa to Utoro by way of Abashiri and Shari. Asahikawa was 137km (2 hours by car or 2 hours by train) northeast of Sapporo. Sapporo was about 9.5 hours by train or 90 minutes by flight from Tokyo. It was also possible to fly to Sapporo from Osaka (under 2 hours) or Kobe (2 hours; this was how we did it on our trip).




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ITINERARIES

For more information about our itineraries involving this waterfall, check out the following links.




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MAP OF THE FALLS



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TRIP REPORTS

For more information about our experiences with this waterfall, check out the following travel stories.




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TRIP PLANNING RESOURCES




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NEARBY WATERFALLS




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