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
You can ride this Limited Express with a Japan Rail Pass and a JR Hokkaido Pass.
0 km - ABASHIRI station1,5 km - 0h03 - KATSURADAI stationJust after Katsuradai, on the left of the train are great views of the Sea of Okhotsk.
12 KM - 0H17- KITAHAMA stationIt is just a short walk to Lake Tofutsu, which is popular for bird watching in winter. The station café is also worth a visit, to have a drink with a view of the sea.
This is the nearest station to the Shiretoko Peninsula and Shiretoko National Park (see below).
169 km - 3h13 - Kushiro stationClick here to learn more about the Senmo Line timetable.
From Kushiro, you can go back to Sapporo with the Super Ozora Limited Express.
Click here to learn more about this itinerary and Kushiro.
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.
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
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