On the east coast of the Shiretoko Peninsula, the busy fishing town Rausu (羅臼町) is well-worth visiting for marine life, onsen and seafood lovers. We recommend you to spend two days in the town and enjoy cruising, bathing or trekking.
Points of interests in Rausu
Getting There & Around
The way to Rausu on Shiretoko East Coast takes a long time, about 3.5 hours from Kushiro by Eastern Hokkaido’s longest local bus journey. Akan Bus operates regular buses to Kushiro (2-5 daily; 3.5hrs) pass through Shibetsu (1hr) and Nakashibetsu (1.5hrs).
All buses originate at Rausu (羅臼営業所) bus station in the west side of town center on Route 334. There is a ticket office (6.20am-7.55pm weekday, 6.40am-5.30pm Sat, Sun & holiday).
Rausu Hon-cho (羅臼本町) bus stop is located behind the Michi-no-eki Shiretoko Rausu in the town center.
From mid June to early October, buses run between Rausu and Utoro (4 daily; 50min), stopping at Rausu Onsen, Shiretoko-toge and the Shiretoko Nature Center.
Rausu Visitor Center
(羅臼ビジターセンター) Located near the trailhead of Rausu-dake, this center provides the trail conditions, panels and a video on the Rausu-side of Shiretoko. The visitor center is a 10-minute walk west of Rausu Onsen bus stop.
More info rausu-vc.jp
(熊の湯) Translating to Bear’s Hot Springs, this leafy onsen along the river has gender-segregated open-air pools with changing rooms. It is maintained by local volunteers every morning (from 5am to 7am). The entrance bridge on Route 334 is just a short walk from Rausu Yaei-jo campsite.
Rausu Onsen Yaei-jo
(羅臼温泉野営場) Surrounded by deep forest near Kuma-no-yu, this popular campsite is located at the trailhead of Rausu-dake. Check-in by 7pm.
(知床峠) The highest point between Utoro Onsen and Rausu on Route 334, you can see wonderful views of Rausu-dake and the ocean on a clear day. Shiretoko-toge is closed from early November to late April. A seasonal bus from Utoro and Rausu stops here (25min).