Experience the tranquility of winter and the power of nature as you explore Shiretoko Goko Lakes. Traverse the pristine, frozen, landscape as you discover un-touched territory framed by majestic mountains and a breathtaking view of the Sea of Okhotsk Ice Floe. Feel the World Heritage spirit and witness the peaceful harmony of wildlife and nature in this harsh winter habitat.
Paid professional guides are available during specific periods but book early.Unfortunately, the elevated wooden paths are not accessible during this season.
|January 23-March 22, 2020 (Web reservations will start on December 1)|
|Morning & Afternoon Only. Walking tour is approximately 3 hours.|
|Depending on Guide Company hired, fees start from ¥6,500
Maximum tour capacity 10 persons, Maximum tour visits per day 150 persons.
Walk on and explore the *frozen swamps and lakes that cannot be accessed during the summer season. (* Weather permitting i.e. not accessible if not frozen) Witness the majestic Shiretoko Mountains, Animal Wildlife and the Sea of Okhotsk Ice Floes.
Locally known as “Virgin Tears” (Otome no Namida). The waterfall is caused by a subterranean river within the cliff. By using specially designed snowshoes you can get close to this unique sight.
While wearing a special “Dry-Suit” to keep you warm, venture onto the Sea of Okhotsk. Float along with the Cracked & Crackling Ice, a uniquely “Shiretoko” experience.
Witness the Natural Monuments that are “Stella’s Sea Eagles and White Tailed Eagles, proudly and confidently comfortable in their natural habitat. Shiretoko Goko Lakes is a very popular destination for local and international bird enthusiasts and photographers.
The idea for conducting tours “Mid Winter” was first proposed at the Shiretoko World Heritage Region/Eco-Tourism study group meeting in 2012.
Previously, the Shiretoko Goko Lakes area was not available for “Mid Winter” tours therefore prior to our decision we debated the following points-of-concern prior to approval:
Many other points of contention were scrutinized and resolved leading to the approval and opening in 2014