How to go from Abashiri to Kushiro ?
The Senmo Line with a Japan Rail Pass
The journey along the Senmo Line from Abashiri to Kushiro in Hokkaido offers some stunning scenery !
Explore the Shiretoko National Park
The journey along the Senmo Line from Abashiri to Kushiro in Hokkaido offers some stunning scenery, along the coast to Shiretoko-Shari, then through Akan National Park. It is not for those in a hurry as only local trains run on this line.
This is the nearest station to the Shiretoko Peninsula and Shiretoko National Park (see below).
169 km - 3h13 - Kushiro station
Discover the Shiretoko National Park
What to see ?
Shiretoko National Park
The Park was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005. It is worlds away from modern Japan and is inhabited by bears, deers, eagles and the world’s largestowls. To reach the park from Shiretoko-Shari Station, take the bus to Utoro village, which is the center of visitor activity. From Utoro you can take a shuttle bus to visit the Nature Center and Shiretoko Five Lakes (3 times a day, ¥900). To visit the wildestparts of the park, apart from hiking, you can take a boat trip. Boats leave from Utoro Harbour and travel along the peninsular(3-hours, ¥3000-¥8000). From Rausu, boats head into the Nemuro Straits along Russia’s Kunashiri Island. Summer is the best time for whale watching. You can also take a dip at Kamuiwakka Onsen. Get tickets for bus access from the Nature Center.
Learn more about the Shiretoko National Park in the Japan Experience Guide.
Where to Stay ?
Iruka Hotel ビューポイント いるかホテル
Located near the coast, this hotel provides a beautiful view of the ocean, located near the coast.
5 Utoro Nishi, Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido, 099-4354
Tel : 01-5224-2888/ www.iruka-hotel.com
Shiretoko Noble Hotel 知床ノーブルホテル
This hotel is located in the National Park, easily accessible from the Ferry or the Bus Terminal. The hotel opened in 2010 and the rooms and facilities are fresh and comfortable.
3 Utoro Higashi, Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido, 099-4355
Tel : 01-5222-5211/ www.shiretoko-noblehotel.com
Where to eat ?
Kushimaru 知床 串丸
Quick and inexpensive yakitori very close to Shiretoko-Shaki Station. From the station walk straight up the main road and turn right onto route 92. Kushimaru will be on your left.
Open 6 p.m. to midnight, closed Sundays.
Tel : 01-5223-5710
Soba noodles and tempura. Take the first right off the traffic circle in front of the station, then the first left.
Open 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., closed Wednesdays.
Tel : 01-5226-7511