Shiretoko Waterfalls

Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido Prefecture, Japan

Rating: 2     Difficulty: 1
Kashuni Falls (I believe) - one of the Shiretoko Waterfalls

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INTRODUCTION

The Shiretoko Waterfalls page is a place where I'm clumping the many waterfalls (both named and unnamed) that Julie and I saw during our boat tour along the northern coast of Shiretoko-hanto from Utoro to the Shiretoko Cape. Some of the falls were seen even beyond Kamuiwakka-no-taki so that might provide some added motivation to do the longer 4-hour tour instead of the shorter 2-hour tour to just the rotemburo. But then again (as in our case) it might be a choice that's not entirely up to you as the tours generally have a minimum passenger requirement of 7 people. Otherwise, it's not worthwhile for the operators to burn the fuel for fewer passengers.

In case you get waterfalled out, we also got to see many wildlife from birds (including cormorants and even the Stellars Eagle) to the forest lords otherwise known as the Asiatic Brown Bear. We even spotted some elusive dolphins that typically only reveal their fins as they take a breath of fresh air before diving again.

If you do decide to go on the boat ride, realize that the Sea of Okhotsk experiences quite a frigid Siberian climate so you may want to dress in a few layers of something that'll keep you warm. Even as the tour gave us another pair of layers (one to cover our torso and the other to use like a blanket over our legs), it was still bitterly cold as our noses would run nonstop and our faces were quite numb (especially when the boat was moving and we got the wind chill on top of all that). You definitely don't want to be underprepared for this excursion. Trust us!

One final note: since we've already put up dedicated pages for Kamuiwakka-no-taki and Furepe-no-taki we won't put them on this page.




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PHOTO JOURNAL

Another one of the attractive and possibly named waterfalls on the boat tour.  This one might be called Iou FallsAnother one of the attractive and possibly named waterfalls on the boat tour. This one might be called Iou Falls
A really neat wildlife sighting during the boat tour was this Stellars EagleA really neat wildlife sighting during the boat tour was this Stellars Eagle
In addition to the wildlife of Shiretoko, the mountains rising up out of the Sea of Okhotsk were also very beautifulIn addition to the wildlife of Shiretoko, the mountains rising up out of the Sea of Okhotsk were also very beautiful
A few hours of driving south of Utoro towards the southeast corner of Hokkaido was Kushiro National Park, which were wetlands harboring rare cranes except we didn't see any on our tripA few hours of driving south of Utoro towards the southeast corner of Hokkaido was Kushiro National Park, which were wetlands harboring rare cranes except we didn't see any on our trip
Looking back towards Utoro as the boat took offLooking back towards Utoro as the boat took off

Looking right at the Yunohana FallsLooking right at the Yunohana Falls, which is next to the Man's Tears

A distant view of the Man's TearsA distant view of the Man's Tears

I think this is a cormorantI think this is a cormorant

Direct view of a falls that's somewhere in between Iou Falls and Kamuiwakka FallsDirect view of a falls that's somewhere in between Iou Falls and Kamuiwakka Falls

More distant view of the falls that I think might be Iou FallsMore distant view of the falls that I think might be Iou Falls

Another bird skimming the seaAnother bird skimming the sea

I think this might be Iou Falls instead towering over some small fishing hamletI think this might be Iou Falls instead towering over some small fishing hamlet

Looking back at some volcanic peak over the seaLooking back at some volcanic peak over the sea

Angled look at Kashuni FallsAngled look at Kashuni Falls

Contextual view of Kashuni FallsContextual view of Kashuni Falls

Looking back at another one of the waterfalls spilling to the Sea of Okhotsk from the Shiretoko-hantoLooking back at another one of the waterfalls splitting the Sea of Okhotsk from the Shiretoko-hanto

Distant look at some lighthouses near the Cape of ShiretokoDistant look at some lighthouses near the Cape of Shiretoko

Dolphins looking for fresh airDolphins looking for fresh air


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VIDEOS OF THE FALLS


Bottom up sweep of one of the waterfalls we saw on the west side of Shiretoko-hanto


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DRIVING DIRECTIONS

For directions and some more logistical details, see the Kamuiwakka-no-taki page.

As for the boat tour itself, prices are subject to change, but the boat tour from Utoro to Shiretoko Cape (I say 4 hours, but is probably more like 3 hours 45 minutes) goes for about 8000円 per person. Keep in mind there is a passenger minimum for the tour to not be cancelled. Check out this page to evaluate for yourself if it's worth your hard-earned money.

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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