Shiretoko National Park
|Shiretoko National Park|
View from the sea
|Established||June 1, 1964|
|Official name: Shiretoko|
|Designated:||2005 (29th session)|
History[change | change source]
Shiretoko National Park was established in 1964.
In 2005, UNESCO named the area a World Heritage Site. UNESCO also suggested that Japan should work with Russia to make an international "World Heritage Peace Park" including the Kuril Islands. Both Japan and Russia claim these islands as part of their countries.
Geography[change | change source]
Shiretoko is hard to get to. Visitors must go to most places on foot or by boat. There is a hot springs waterfall called Kamuiwakka Falls (カムイワッカの滝 Kamuiwakka-no-taki ). Kamui wakka means "water of the gods" in Ainu.