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Whales, Dolphins, Killer Whales, and Bird-Watching Off the Coast of Shiretoko and Rausu in Hokkaido
Did you know you could see a variety of whales and dolphins, and even more seabirds, in the sea of Rausu? There are Sperm Whales, Baird's Beaked Whales, and Minke Whales; that's a lot, all off the coast of Hokkaido! You can see the Doll's Porpoise dolphins migrating in the area, hordes of Short-Tailed Shearwater birds, and even killer whales! There is no other place in Japan you can meet more killer whales, than right here in Rausu, Hokkaido! Rausu is also a rare place in Japan you can see Sperm Whales; you can even observe them with your own eyes and binoculars from land; they migrate very close to shore. With the natural heritage site Shiretoko close by, and the Kunashir Island to the east of Rausu, we invite you to view a beautiful panorama of the land filled with sea birds and sea creatures in their natural habitat. A majestic view you don't get a chance to see every day!
Killer Whales are very curious, so they love to swim close to your ship to see who's visiting!
There's a high chance you can see the Sperm Whale in the ocean waters from August to September.
Tens of thousands of birds migrating all the way from Tasmania to Hokkaido is quite a powerful sight!
Area
Shiretoko, Rausu
Available time period
2019-04-27 - 2019-10-14
Required time
2 hours 30 mins (on board)
Set sailing time:
① 9:00am
② 1:00pm

*Different time table in 3 May - 5 May , 20 Jul - 25 Aug.
① 8:30am
② 11:30am
③ 2:00pm
Program fee
Adults (ages 12 and up):8,000 yen
Children (ages 3-11):4,000 yen
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Feel the splash of whales and dolphins as they swim beside your boat, and see the powerful presence of seabirds in their natural habitats. This is the true nature of Hokkaido's Rausu area!

Did you know you could see a variety of whales and dolphins, and even more seabirds, in the sea of Rausu?
There are Sperm Whales, Baird's Beaked Whales, and Minke Whales; that's a lot, all off the coast of Hokkaido!
You can see the Doll's Porpoise dolphins migrating in the area, hordes of Short-Tailed Shearwater birds, and even killer whales! There is no other place in Japan you can meet more killer whales, than right here in Rausu, Hokkaido!

Rausu is also a rare place in Japan you can see Sperm Whales; you can even observe them with your own eyes and binoculars from land; they migrate very close to shore.

With the natural heritage site Shiretoko close by, and the Kunashir Island to the east of Rausu, we invite you to view a beautiful panorama of the land filled with sea birds and sea creatures in their natural habitat. A majestic view you don't get a chance to see every day!

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Available time period

2019-04-27 - 2019-10-14

Required time
2 hours 30 mins (on board)
Set sailing time:
① 9:00am
② 1:00pm

*Different time table in 3 May - 5 May , 20 Jul - 25 Aug.
① 8:30am
② 11:30am
③ 2:00pm
Program fee
Adults (ages 12 and up):8,000 yen
Children (ages 3-11):4,000 yen
Included in this fee
Boarding Fee, Guide Fee, Accident Insurance Fee
Payment method
Please pay by cash (yen only) on-site.
Language
Japanese,English

Guides' recommendations,
highlights in this area
★Whale Watching Hill Park
A viewing deck with a great view of the ocean 80m above ground on a cliff. Read about whales and dolphins here.

★Rausu Visitor Center
Learn about Shiretoko's nature and animals, with the largest Killer Whale skeleton in Japan! http://rausu-vc.jp

★Restaurant recommendations in Rausu/Shiretoko:
- Isami Sushi (4-1 Fujimichō, Rausu-chō)
- Shokuji Kajika (369 Honchō, Rausu-chō)
- Shiretoko Shokudo (Inside Shiretoko-Rausu Road Stop)
Requirements for participation
Meeting location
Required Items
Requirements for participation
・Possible to make a booking by 1 person, but this tour requires a minimum of 5 participants.
・Ages 3 and under are free.



Meeting location
Shiretoko Nature Cruise
Meeting location Detail
*Please come to "Shiretoko Nature Cruise" 30min before sailing time.
Check in at "Shiretoko Nature Cruise," then board from Rausu harbor. It takes 5 mins to walk from "Shiretoko Nature Cruise" to Rausu harbor, so please be sure to check in 30min in advance.
Address of meeting location
27-1, Honcho, Rausu,Rausu-cho, Menashi-gun, Hokkaido

By Car:
From Nemuro Nakashibetsu Airport, about 90 mins
From Memanbetsu Airport, about 3 hrs
From Kushiro Airport, about 3 hrs 30 mins

*Shiretoko Cross Road (Route 334) between Rausu and Shari-cho Utoro will be closed during winter.


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Attention:
* The cruiser ship is susceptible to waves, causing swaying and lack of balance; please take care of your movements while on board.
* We cannot take any responsibility for cameras or personal items damaged due to ship movement, spray of the waves, or being lost in the ocean. Please consider this before bringing items on to the boat.
* Due to weather conditions, the course content may be changed or cancelled.
* The departure time and required time of the program may vary due to the condition of the sea.
Operator Information
Operator Information
Captain
HASEGAWA, Masato

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We provide “hands-on visitor experiences” introducing local fishing and local daily life in our tours. We are looking forward to meeting you!

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Anyone can see nature's true character here in Shiretoko and Rausu. A place we highly recommend you experience in person!

Company information

Company:Shiretoko Nature Cruise
Address:27-1 Hon-choRausu-cho, Menashi-gun Hokkaido

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