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Autumn leaf spot

Autumn leaf spots near Memanbetsu Airport

Autumn leaf spots near Memanbetsu Airport

Shiretoko Peninsula

Enjoy Spectacular Views of Autumn Leaves at Four Spots in Shiretoko

Here we introduce you to some of the autumn foliage spots in Shiretoko. The entire peninsula of Shiretoko Peninsula is covered in autumn foliage, but there are four spots in particular that are spectacular and worth seeing.
The conditions for the breathtaking beauty of Hokkaido's autumn foliage are 1) blue autumn sky and 2) sunshine. Shiretoko's autumn foliage offers a wide range of colors: the red of maple and Japanese rowans, the yellow of birch and Erman's birch, the green of coniferous trees, the white trunks of Japanese dwarf pine trees, the blue sky and the shadows.
Please check out Shiretoko Peninsula walking MAP. First of all, You should take a walk to see autumnal foliage of the five lakes of the Shiretoko peninsula. Stop by at the field house (Map No. 4096) of the five lakes and walk along the elevated wooden walkway (a safe place with high footholds). The foliage scenery around the first lake and reflected on the surface of the water is world famous.
The next stop is the Shiretoko Horobetsu walk. There are three forest "bathing" trails starting at the Shiretoko Nature Center (4092).
Then there is a trekking course from the Lake Rausu entrance to Lake Rausu (4538). From the first lake to the fifth lake, you arrive at Lake Rausu, your destination. It is approximately a 6km round trip and takes 3 hours to complete.
Lastly, are the autumn leaves and scenery in the Rausu area. Starting at the Rausu Visitor Centre (4531), the route from Kumanoyu Onsen (4535) to Kumagoeno Waterfall is beautiful. When you come to Rausu, why not visit Shiokaze Park (4540) and look at the monument to the famous Japanese poem "Shiretoko Ryojou" while enjoying the view of "Kunashiri Island"?
Shiretoko's beautiful nature is also famous as a habitat for brown bears. They roam around during the time of year when their bodies are hoarding food before hibernation. It's a good idea to wear a bell to repel bears as a minimum safety precaution, and to walk around in a group while talking cheerfully. Never leave uneaten food on the ground.
Best time to view the autumn leaves:Late September-Mid October

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Spots to enjoy the autumn leaves in Shiretoko Peninsula

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Shiretoko Peninsula walking MAP

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Utoro walking MAP

Recommended day-trip hot springs in Shiretoko Peninsula

Yuhidai Hot Spring(Utoro)

429 Utorohigashi, Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido
●Phone Number :+81-152-23-3131
●Opening Hours : 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.(Last admission 7:30 p.m.)
●Oparated Period:June - OCtober
●Fee :Adult¥500, Elementary school student or younger ¥250(tax included)
【Official Website】

Kitakobushi Shiretoko Hotel & Resort(Utoro)

172 Utorohigashi, Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido
●Phone Number :+81-152-24-2021
●Opening Hours :14:00-20:00
●Closed Dates : Open all-year-round
●Fee :Adult ¥1,500(tax included), Elementary school student¥500(tax included), Infant free
●Rental: Bath towel and face towel ¥300
【Official Website】

Shiretoko Daiichi Hotel (Utoro)

306 Utorokagawa, Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido
●Phone Number :+81-152-24-2334
●Opening Hours :3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. *limited to 2 hours
●Closed Dates : Open all-year-round
●Fee :Adult(junior highschool student or older) ¥1,250(tax separate), Child from 5 years old to elementary school students¥800(tax separate) includes fee for pool use.
●Rental: Bath towel and face towel
【Official Website】

Kumanoyu (Rausu)

Yunosawacho, Rausu-cho, Menashi-gun, Hokkaido
●Phone Number :+81-153-87-2126(Rausu Town Hall Industrial Creation Division)
●Opening Hours :Open 24 hours (cleaning time 5:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.)
●Closed Dates :Tuesday
●Fee :Free
【Official Website】

Access from Memanbetsu Airport


From Memanbetsu Airport, take the Shiretoko Airport Liner for 2 hours and 11 minutes, get off at Utoro Bus Terminal.
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Utoro Onsen Bus Terminal - Shiretoko Pass - Rausu (about 50 minutes)
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35 minutes from Memanbetsu Airport to Abashiri Station by Airport Connection Bus, 50 minutes from Abashiri Station to Shiretoko Shari Station by train, 60 minutes from Shiretoko Shari Station by bus.
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From Memanbetsu Airport to Utoro via Route 334 in about 1 hour and 30 minutes, from Utoro to Shiretoko Goko in about 20 minutes, from Utoro to Shiretoko Mountain Pass in about 20 minutes, and from Utoro to Rausu in about 50 minutes via the Shiretoko Mountain Pass.