Okhotsk & Shiretoko e-Brochures

Okhotsk & Shiretoko e-Brochures

Overview As its name suggests, the idyllic Okhotsk Region (オホーツク地方) lies along the Sea of Okhotsk. The almost flat shoreline…

Shiretoko Rausu

Shiretoko Rausu

On the east coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula, the busy fishing town Rausu (羅臼町) is well-worth visiting for marine life,…

Mint and Valley Town Takinoue

Mint and Valley Town Takinoue

Halfway between Kamikawa (north side of Daisetsuzan National Park) and Monbetsu along the clear stream of Shokotsu-gawa (渚滑川), the picturesque…

Monbetsu Gakiya Zone

Monbetsu Gakiya Zone

About 3km south of the city center, this waterfront district (ガリヤゾーン) has an ice breaker pier, a beach (mid Jul-mid…

Wander Around Central Monbetsu

Wander Around Central Monbetsu

Monbetsu (紋別市) is the third-largest city in Okhotsk Region and most travelers come here to take an ice breaker cruise…

Hokkaido’s Largest Lake Saroma-ko

Hokkaido’s Largest Lake Saroma-ko

Limitless and spread out, Saroma-ko (サロマ湖) is Hokkaido’s largest lake (152-sq-km) as well as Japan’s largest lagoon connected with the…

Western Shiretoko Highlights

Western Shiretoko Highlights

Picturesque lakes, waterfalls, rugged cliffs and onsen, Shiretoko West Coast (知床西海岸) is accessible by public transport from Shari throughout the…

Shiretoko Utoro Onsen

Shiretoko Utoro Onsen

Utoro Onsen (ウトロ温泉) is a small but lively port town about an hour by bus from Shari and an excellent…

Kitami: Hokkaido’s ‘Widest’ City

Kitami: Hokkaido’s ‘Widest’ City

Hokkaido’s widest city (1427-sq-km) of Kitami (北見) makes a convenient stopover point for the beautiful lakes of Chimikeppu-ko, Saroma-ko and…

Cultural Museums in Abashiri

Cultural Museums in Abashiri

On the southwestern of Abashiri, Tento-zan (天都山: 207m) has panoramic views over the city, ocean, lakes and the Shiretoko Mountains.…