Nemuro-Shibetsu Travel | Things to Do

At the gateway of both the Shiretoko and Notsuke peninsulas, Nemuro Region’s Shibetsu (標津町) is best known for its fresh salmon. There are a few attractions worth visiting around the town center.


Location 110km northeast of Kushiro, 47km south of Rausu on the Shiretoko Peninsula

Population 5000

Highlights Shibetsu Salmon Aquarium, Po-gawa Historical Place Forest Park

Tourist Information Shibetsu Tourist Information Center (標津町観光案内所): Tel 0153-82-2265 / Shibetsu Umi-no-Koen Auto Camp-jo (しべつ海の公園オートキャンプ場) management office / S3E1 Shibetsu-cho / 9am-5pm, to 7pm Jul-Sep / Closed Nov-late Apr / www.visitshibetsu.com


Shibetsu Salmon Aquarium

標津サーモン科学館 / 1-1 N1W6 / 9.30am-5pm Feb-Nov / Closed Wed Feb-Mar & Oct-Nov / ¥650 / s-salmon.com

Shibetsu is a mecca for salmon fishing in Eastern Hokkaido, this riverside aquarium has 17 species of salmon in tanks. You can climb to the observation tower for views of surrounding wetlands and Kunashiri-to. The museum is about 1.5km west of the bus terminal and closed in the off-seasons. It is a short walk from the Salmon Park-iriguchi (サーモンパーク入口) stop on the Shibecha–Shibetsu bus route.


Po-gawa Historical Place Forest Park

ポー川史跡自然公園 / Po-gawa Shiseki Shizen Koen / 2784 Ichajin / 9am-5pm 29 Apr-23 Nov / Admission ¥330 / www.shibetsutown.jp/shisetsu/art_culture

About 3km north of Shibetsu on Route 244, Po-gawa is a 630-hectare nature reserve dates back to 10,000 years ago. An on-site visitor center showcases find from the archaeological digs, including tools and artefacts. There is also an outdoor collection of reconstructed old local buildings in the adjoining historical village.

From the visitor center, you can explore to the Ichajin-Karikariusu Ruins (伊茶仁カリカリウス遺跡) in the hillside forest by walk or a free rental bicycle, through the wetland of Shibetsu Shitsugen (標津湿原). More than 2500 pit dwelling sites, dating from BC 8000 to AD 1200, were found in this ruins. At least 1.5 hours for explore the park.
Buses for Rausu from Kushiro via Shibetsu can drop you off at the Po-gawa Shiseki-koen-mae (ポー川史跡公園前). Note that the historical village, walks for the wetland and ruins require a ¥320 admission ticket, which you can buy at the visitor center.


Old Nemuro-Shibetsu Station


Opposite Shibetsu bus terminal was the site of Old Nemuro-Shibetsu Station, you will find a turntable and a steam locomotive.
From here a 10km-long almost straight rail trail runs on the disused JR Line (旧標津線) between old Nemuro-Shibetsu and Kawakita stations, across the windproof forest. Old Kawakita Station (旧川北駅) is on the Shibecha–Shibetsu bus route.



Akan Bus operates buses to Shibetsu from the following:

  • Kushiro (2-5 daily / 2.5hrs) via Nakashibetsu (30min)

  • Odaito (1 weekday)

  • Shibecha Station (3-4 daily / 2hrs 10min) via Nakashibetsu (3-6 daily / 40min, Kawakita and the Salmon Park

  • Rausu (2-4 daily / 1hr)

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