National Parks and Wildlife
Shiretoko National Park, a peninsula off eastern Hokkaido, is one of Japan’s most beautiful and unspoilt national parks. With few roads the northern tip can only be viewed from boats or via multi-day trekking tours. Home to a variety of wildlife, in winter, the peninsula’s coast becomes one of the northern hemisphere’s southernmost regions to see drift ice. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage site due to the irreplaceable value of the peninsula’s ecosystem and biodiversity.
Another larger National Park, Daisetsuzan, preserves a vast, densely forested, mountainous area of wilderness – a paradise for hikers, outdoor lovers, deer and brown bears.