2018年08月06日

'Shiretoko Peninsula', sticking out to south from the eastern tip of 'Hokkaido', is a narrow peninsula 70 kilometers long.

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The name of 'Shiretoko' derives from an 'Ainu' Hokkaido native term 'Shiretuku' meaning 'The place where mountains extend to the sea'. A range of mountains, the tallest peak is 'Rausudake' volcano 1,661 meters high, runs through like a spine. This peninsula, accordingly, scarcely has any flats on the coast. The average width is no more than 15 kilometers though, the high and sharp chain of mountains covering the entire area causes a big difference of the weather between the east coast and west. The difference of temperature, hour of sunshine, amount of snow and the like. The whole area of this peninsula is densely inhabited by brown bears and 'Yezo' deer. As shown in the pictures, a series of steep cliffs keep all people away, and the waterfalls, small and big, are found here and there.

Licensed tour guide/travel consultant,
Masahisa Takaki.

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