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Shiretoko Peninsula, Hokkaido

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Shiretoko Peninsula is located on the easternmost portion of the Japanese island of Hokkaidō, protruding into the Sea of Okhotsk. It is separated from Kunashiri Island of Russia by the Nemuro Strait. The name Shiretoko is derived from the Ainu word sir etok, meaning "the end of the Earth" or "the place where the Earth protrudes". The towns of Rausu and Shari are found on the peninsula.The Shiretoko Peninsula was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, in recognition of the peninsula being the southernmost point where sea ice usually forms in the Northern Hemisphere.GeographyFrom Shiretoko Cape at the tip of the peninsula, a series of volcanoes run down the peninsula, including Mount Shiretoko, Mount Unabetsu, and Mount Iō. It is part of the Chishima volcanic zone. The highest peak is Mount Rausu. The peninsula is 70km long and 25km wide at its base. It covers some 123000haThe peninsula is bounded on the northwest side by the Sea of Okhotsk and the southeast side by the Pacific Ocean. To the east, Kunashiri Island runs parallel to the peninsula. The Kunashiri can be seen from Shiretoko Peninsula. Kunashiri has been occupied by Russia since September 1, 1945, and disputed by Japan.
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  • September 28, 2017
    Father with cerebral infarction after looking at Japan National possessed by something, I was walking. When asked how good Japan where came to Shiretoko, Shiretoko and Kurobe. Knowing weather to utoro twice visiting the past, this was the third time lucky. It is a majestic wilderness. In need of explanation.
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  • September 17, 2017
    During our scenic cruise on the Shiretoko Peninsula, we did not have much luck and fog prevented that disfrutaramos of the marvellous mountains escarcapas which constitute a paradise of cliffs and waterfalls, as well as a refuge for marine birds. We chose to make a scenic drive from the sea because the only way to do it is from a boat for to explore this area of the peninsula. It was a pity that we made a horrible time, but despite this mishap, I think that it is a very good place and that it is worth visiting. Greetings to all travelers.
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  • August 20, 2017
    We went here with our family of six. It was a lovely peninsula. We saw bears, Fox, dear, dolphins, seals. We were able to be in the natural Hot Springs waterfall. They're lovely hikes around the lakes...  more »
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  • September 19, 2017
    Amazing views of the peninsula
  • August 5, 2017
    We went out in the summer, was the best. Eyes and heart for doing laundry. Great was the word.
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  • March 7, 2017
    Both air and food delicious. Good I should have taken photos of the deer come out every so often.
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  • September 27, 2017
    Visit 3 of perfect weather, nice end cruise ship for the first time. Could witness a lot of bears and the landscape was like gerchick Park. World Heritage site indeed!
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  • December 10, 2016
    I think from listening to the Guide to Shiretoko peninsula tour boat and enters the peninsula deepens understanding. Silver afternoon flights available and you can enjoy sunsets of the Shiretoko peninsula.
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