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Shiretoko Five Lakes: A journey into the heart of Hokkaido's pristine wilderness

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By Abhijit Sen

Shiretoko Five Lakes (Shiretoko Goko) is a set of five stunning lakes in the heart of Shiretoko National Park, a designated World Heritage Site of Hokkaido. During summer, the area offers visitors a serene escape into unspoiled nature, with picturesque views of the surrounding mountains and an opportunity to witness the region’s unique wildlife. The eruption of a volcanic mountain created five small lakes, which are sustained by underground springs. The resulting landscape is a stunning masterpiece of nature.

A Nature Lover’s Paradise

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Enjoy a beautiful day in nature. Image: PIXTA/ denkei

To ensure the preservation of the delicate ecosystem, an 800-meter-long elevated wooden boardwalk provides a safe and environmentally friendly pathway for visitors. Here, visitors can take in the scenery, including the Sea of Okhotsk. The wooden path is wheelchair accessible and open from late April to late November. For those looking to delve deeper into the splendor of the five lakes, three kilometers of well-maintained nature trails wind through the ancient forests and offer a closer look at each lake. Access to nature trails is regulated from May to July due to bear activity.

Guided Tours and Visitor Information

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