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Shiretoko Events

Shiretoko Snow Wall Walk

Let's all walk together among the remaining snow in the World Natural Heritage! Impressive experiences that you can enjoy only at this time and location are waiting for you!!

The Shiretoko Peninsula is filled with unapproachable cliffs and untouched nature. The rich natural environment and valuable ecosystems were designated a World Natural Heritage in 2005.

The setting for the Snow Wall Walk is along the highway that crosses the center of the Shiretoko Peninsula and gives you breathtaking panoramic views.

  • Open periodApril each year (planned)
  • AreaUtoro
  • Telephone0152-22-2125
  • NotesThis website posts notices when participants are being solicited.
First day of the Mt. Rausu climbing season

At an elevation of 1,660 meters, Mt. Rausu is the highest peak in the Shiretoko mountain range.

You can see the Yasakichi-mizu natural spring that never dries, gorges where snow remains, the primeval forests of Shiretoko from the summit, and views of the Sea of Okhotsk and Kunashiri Island.

The mountain opens to climbers on the first Sunday of July each year. At 6:00 AM, prayers for safety are offered at the entrance to the trail at Iwao-betsu.

Shiretoko-Shari Neputa Festival

This is Shiretoko's biggest festival that emerged from cultural exchanges with Shari's friendship city of Hirosaki in Aomori Prefecture.
At the end of July, about 15 illuminated Neputa floats both large and small wind through the streets of Shari along a 2.5-km route. Some of the floats are 8 meters high.

In 1807, about 200 years ago, feeling the need to defend northern territories, the Edo Bakufu government ordered the Tsugaru Domain (present-day Aomori Prefecture) to send officials to Shari to guard the area.
About 100 Tsugaru officials arrived at Shari in July and August, and when the cold began to set in from mid-November, some of the officials began to suffer from malnutrition. By the end of winter, as many as 72 officials had died.

In 1973, a monument was erected in memory of the Tsugaru martyrs, and each year since then, townspeople have been holding a memorial service. This then led to the conclusion of a Friendship City Agreement between Shari and Hirosaki in 1983.
To commemorate the agreement, the people of Shari held a Hirosaki Neputa festival in July of that year featuring two Neputa floats, and this was the beginning of Shari's annual tradition of Neputa festivals that have grown now to around 15 floats of various sizes.

The Neputa Festival is held for two days, and during the day on Friday and Saturday, the Shiretoko Summer Festival is held in Shari's main street in the center of town.

  • Held4th Friday and Saturday of July each year
  • AreaShari Map
  • Telephone0152-22-2125
  • NotesThe liveliest spot along the route is around Shari's Michi-no-Eki (not far from the station).
Shiretoko Industry Festival

Treat your autumn appetite with the pleasures of Shari's in-season farm and seafood products.

On sale are not only Shari's products but also apples from Shari's friendship city Hirosaki in Aomori Prefecture (famous for apples), and you can also enjoy sumptuous prepared foods such as salmon hotpot (akiaji-nabe), a variety of teppan-yaki known as chanchan-yaki (popular in Hokkaido), and denpun-dango (tasty balls of potato starch).
Attractions such as stage performances and bare-hand fish-catching (tsukamidori) events are there as well, so please do come!

  • Held4th Sunday of September each year
  • AreaShari Map
  • Telephone0152-22-2125