Key information: Shiretoko Peninsula
- The Shiretoko Peninsula in the far east of Hokkaido is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan's last great wildernesses. Open landscapes and abundant wildlife.
- It has a central spine of volcanoes, where you can make a fine 2 day traverse.
- Walkopedia rating83
- Natural interest17
- Human interest2
- Negative points0
- Total rating83
- Length: Variable
- Level of Difficulty: Variable
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The Shiretoko Peninsula in the far east of Hokkaido is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Japan's last great wildernesses. Open landscapes and abundant wildlife.
It has a central spine of volcanoes, where you can make a fine 2 day traverse.
There is much interaction of marine and terrestrial ecosystems, influenced by the formation of seasonal ice in the lowest latitude of the northern hemisphere. The area is globally important for birds, a number of salmonid species, marine animals and for various endemic species.
Hokkaido is deep-freeze cold in winter (and a major ski destination as a result), but mild from late Spring to early Autumn, making for pleasant walking conditions. But check the forecast before setting off: the weather is always unpredictable. Superb autumn colours.
This can be tough walking. Come prepared. Beware bears in some areas, check out the position.
A section in Lonely Planet's Trekking in Japan gives good practicalities. And a chapter in the charming Trekking in Japan: an Adventurer's Guide to the Mountain Trails by Paul Hunt.
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For more information and photos, including detailed practical information and some warnings, see our Hokkaido walk page.
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