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29-8 Honmachi Shari HOkkaido
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Shiretoko | Other sightseeing spots | Best sightseeing spots for rainy days

Shari Town Shuen-shuteibo

There is a small stone circle build in late Jomon Era. It is located near Okushibetsu River. It is the only stone circle excavated in east Hokkaido.

Pogawa Historical Place Forest Park

Located in Shibetsu Town at the foot of Shiretoko World Heritage site, Pogawa Historical Place Forest Park is an educational sightseeing spot. The park was opened in 1979 to celebrate the Shibetsu Town’s 100th anniversary. The national monument, Ichani-Karikariusu has remains of pit houses from the Jomon Era. Shibetsu wetland, designated as a national treasure in 1978, covers 221-hectare land. Wooden trails on the wetland allow the visitors to explore the protected land. From May to August, the wetland is covered with flowers and entertains park visitors. Museum of History and Culture displays various exhibitions to introduce the historical place, Shibetsu wetland, and history of Shibetsu town. Historical village with a farmhouse, banya (fishing house), and school from the early days of Hokkaido shows the life of Hokkaido’s pioneers. Admission: Adult 310 yen, University and high school student 100 yen, Junior high school student or younger children Free

Cosmos Road

Red, white and pink cosmos flowers cover the roadside for 2 km. The colorful cosmos flowers contrast beautifully with Mt. Shari.

Uramashu Observatory Deck


Fog-covered mystic lake, Mashu Lake, is famous for its high water clarity. Uramashu observatory deck is located at a border between Nakashibetsu and Kussharo. The observatory deck is called Ura-(behind) mashu as it is located at the opposite side of the lake from the first and second observatory decks in Kussharo.
Due to the lower elevation of the Uramashu observatory deck compared to the observatory decks in Kussharo, the view form the Uramashu is less interfered by fog.
From the 585-m observatory deck, you can watch a volcano Kamuinupuri (Mt. Mashu) sitting on the southeast of the lake. Kamunupuri means “mountain of the gods” in Ainu language.
Mashu Lake is a crater lake formed in the caldera of Mt. Mashu. Steep crater wall around the lake is the remnant of the past eruption.
A small Kamuishu Island on the middle of Mashu Lake is just the tip of a massive lava dome that has a base circumference of 1 km and a height of 230 m.

Kaminoko Pond

Groundwater from Mashu Lake forms the clear-blue Kaminoko Pond. The pond is called Kaminoko (child of the gods) as the lake is formed by underflow water from Mashu Lake (Kamuito = lake of the gods). 12,000 tons of underflow water flows from the bottom of the lake every day. The pond is small with a circumference of 220 m and a depth of 5 m. Pond water is so clear that you can see the bottom of the pond.
As the water temperature is low throughout the year at an average of 8 degree Celsius, fallen trees remain un-decomposed at the bottom of the pond. Red-spotted Dolly varden swimming through the fallen trees is a mysterious yet beautiful sight.

Sakura Falls

Yamabe (seema) are called Sakura-masu (cherry salmon) after maturing in ocean. Every year, over 3,000 Sakura-masu return to their natal river for spawning. From early June to early August, Sakura-masu’s dynamic jumps are seen at Sakura Falls.
The waterfall is a scenery spot. Fishing at the waterfall is prohibited. (Fishing of Sakura-masu is banned all seasons)

Uchu Observatory Deck

The observatory deck was named Uchu (the universe) observatory deck, as beautiful starry sky over the observatory deck give a close feeling to the universe.
The observatory deck was built with wooden power poles and waste materials. There is Kiyosato Auto Camp Ground nearby. A salmon hatchery near the entrance offers a hatchery tour.
* Closed during winter.


Seigakuso on Mt. Shari serves as a mountain lodge for trekkers. It also serves as a base of many outdoor activities. Seigakuso has a beautiful view of the Sea of Okhotsk.