Ground Pathways

Witness flora & fauna as you traverse the primeval forest surrounding (5) pristine lakes reflecting the Shiretoko Mountain Range. Truly, "World Heritage".

Season & Walking Guidelines

Eco Preservation Awareness (Spring)

  • Long boots may be required in deep snow conditions.
  • Prior to admission to the Ground Pathways, all visitors must attend a short information lecture.
  • In order to preserve the marshlands and vegetation, a maximum of (50) visitors are admitted at a time with (10) minute intervals. Reservations can be received (10) days to (30) min. before the lecture.
  • Should bears appear, the Ground Pathways will be closed for safety reasons.
  • The Ground Pathway is only connected to the Elevated Wooden Path at the Lakeside Observatory through a uni-directional gate.
  • Short and long duration routes are available along the Ground Pathways.
  • Both are one-way.
  • There is no charge to use the Elevated Wooden Path.
  • There is no toilet / shop inside the ground pathways.

Procedure Lecture Reservation

  1. Complete the Form

    Individuals and groups must complete the form and be approved at the Shiretoko Goko Lakes Field House when visiting during the Eco Preservation Awareness Season. (Groups require the representative's name, address, and number of group members) The form can be completed at the Field House or download, complete and submit it during your visit.

  2. Admission

    Admission tickets can be purchased at the vending machine in the Shiretoko Goko Lakes Field House, and presented with your completed form.
    Fees: Adults, 250 Yen Children: (0-Elementary School Student) 100 Yen

  3. Lecture

    Duration: (10) min. After which admission to the Ground Pathways is allowed.


Lecture Reservation

  • If less than (10) participants

    Reservations not required. Please continue to the Shiretoko Goko Lakes Field House directly.

  • If more than (10) participants

    Please make reservations online. Reservations can be received (10) days to (30) min. before the lecture.

Bears Active Season

  • Registered Guides offer tours along the Ground Pathways (fees apply).
  • Tours leave at (10) minute intervals and have a maximum of (10) participants allowing for a more intimate experience.
  • Registered guides are well trained to avoid and handle encounters with bears. Guides are equipped with radiophones which update bear activity for safety.
  • The tours may be cancelled if bears appear.
  • The Ground Pathway is only connected to the Elevated Wooden Path at the Lakeside Observatory through a uni-directional gate.
  • Visitors are permitted to walk freely on the Elevated Wooden Path.
  • There is no toilet / shop inside the ground pathways.

Procedure Reservation and Inquiry

Registered Guides are Available.
- reservations required
- fees applicable

  1. Tour Fees
    Route Adults
    Junior High School or Above
    Children
    Elementary School Age
    Infants: Under
    ※ 3
    Long-Route
    ※ 1
    4,500 - 5,250 Yen 2,250 - 3,500 Yen 250 - 3,000 Yen
    Negotiable
    Short-Route
    ※ 2
    2,500 Yen 1,500 Yen 1,250 Yen
    Negotiable

    ※1 The time required for the long loop tour is 3 hours, the participation fee varies depending on the guide company.
    ※2 The time required for the short loop tour is 90 minutes, 4 daily tours (9:00, 11:00, 13:30, 16:00), reservation impossible, on the first come first served basis.
    ※3 Please inquire in advance about the participation of children who are pregnant, preschool children or babies.

  2. Reservations can be made online

    - Check online for tour availability.
    - If there is no availability try contacting a Registered Guide for a reservation.

    ※ Guide reservations are not available from this site. Please refer to the Reply Mail for tour guides.

  3. Payment

    Please "Click" Read More on the Registered Guide page for tour fees and cancellation policy.

Eco Preservation Awareness (Sunner)

  • Prior to admission to the Ground Pathways, all visitors must attend a short information lecture.
  • In order to preserve the marshlands and vegetation, a maximum of (50) visitors are admitted at a time with (10) minute intervals. Reservations can be received (10) days to (30) min. before the lecture.
  • Should bears appear, the Ground Pathways will be closed for safety reasons.
  • The Ground Pathway is only connected to the Elevated Wooden Path at the Lakeside Observatory through a uni-directional gate.
  • Short and long duration routes are available along the Ground Pathways.
  • Both are one-way.
  • There is no charge to use the Elevated Wooden Path.
  • There is no toilet / shop inside the ground pathways.

Procedure Lecture Reservation

  1. Complete the Form

    Individuals and groups must complete the form and be approved at the Shiretoko Goko Lakes Field House when visiting during the Eco Preservation Awareness Season. (Groups require the representative's name, address, and number of group members) The form can be completed at the Field House or download, complete and submit it during your visit.

  2. Admission

    Admission tickets can be purchased at the vending machine in the Shiretoko Goko Lakes Field House, and presented with your completed form.
    Fees: Adults, 250 Yen Children: (0-Elementary School Student) 100 Yen

  3. Lecture

    Duration: (10) min. After which admission to the Ground Pathways is allowed.


Lecture Reservation

  • If less than (10) participants

    Reservations not required. Please continue to the Shiretoko Goko Lakes Field House directly.

  • If more than (10) participants

    Please make reservations online. Reservations can be received (10) days to (30) min. before the lecture.

Free Activity Season

  • There is no charge to use the Ground Pathways.
  • We will close the Ground Pathways for safety reasons when bears appear.
  • The Ground Pathways is only connected to the Elevated Wooden Path at the Lakeside Observatory through a uni-directional gate.
  • Short and long duration routes are available along the Ground Pathways.
  • You can walk freely on the Elevated Wooden Path.
  • There is no toilet / shop inside the ground pathways.

Lecture reservation and attendance required

You can take a free lecture before you go on a stroll (please fill in application form). Lectures are held every 15 to 20 minutes.

Who are the registered guides?

Registered guides are well trained specialists knowledgable on how to avoid and handle encounters with bears. Guides are equipped with radiophones which update bear activity to ensure your safety. Guides are professionally accredited for the region.

The walking tours were inaugurated in 2011.
Supervised tours by registered guides are required during the bear active season. Our guides have garnered a good reputation and are now in demand all season long.

Preparations for Walking

Shiretoko Goko Lakes Visitor Rule Guidelines

  1. Do not feed the animals in the wild
  2. Do not litter
  3. Do not cook or eat
  4. No Smoking
  5. Keep to prescribed pathways and preserve the marshland and vegetation
  6. Do not bring any plants or animals

Do Not Feed The Animals

Do not feed brown bear and wildlife.
It is our promise to visit Shiretoko.