Essentials in Shiretoko National Park
Shiretoko Nature Cruise (0153/87–4002. www.e-shiretoko.com.)
Shiretoko Naturalist's Association (Utoro Higashi 284, Shari, Shiretoko National Park, 099-4355. 0152/22–5522.)
Shiretoko National Park Nature Center. Crowds swarm to this nature center for film screenings, souvenir shopping, and dining, but you might be more interested in the latest information about animal sightings. The mile-long trail behind the center offers a peaceful trek to the Furepe Waterfall that's even better because the day-trippers hardly venture here. Bears have been spotted on this trail in the early morning. The Nature Center is about 2 miles from Utoro. 531 Iwaobetsu, Utoro, Shari, 099-4356. 0152/24–2114. www.shiretoko.or.jp/en. Daily Apr. 20–Oct. 20, 8–5:40; Oct. 21–Apr. 19, 9–4.
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