Rausu Wild Life

Encounter wild animals dramatically in the ocean and the mountains!

Within World Natural Heritage Site Shiretoko, Rausu is enclosed by the Shiretoko Mountain Range and the Nemuro Strait. The Biggest appeal point of sightseeing in Rausu is encounters with wildlife. You can enjoy watching Whale, Killer Whale (Orca), and Dolphin and more in the summer, drift ice and birds and more in the winter with getting a cruise ship. You could possibly meet land wildlife, such as Brown Bear, Sika Deer, Ezo Red Fox, the wild birds and more, in the mountains and the forest, during hiking or trekking. Recommended place is Mt.Rausu, Lake Rausu, and the Kumagoe Waterfall. Sometimes those activities carry any dangers, so please use a professional guide in order to safely enjoy the nature of Shiretoko Rausu.

Orca
Best Season : April – mid June
May be seen from a cruise ship and land.
Orca
Best Season : April – mid June
May be seen from a cruise ship and land.
Mink Whale
Best Season : April – mid July
May be seen from a cruise ship and land.
Short-tailed Shearwater
Best Season : April – mid July
May be seen from a cruise ship.
Baird’s Beaked Whale
Best Season : mid July – mid October
May be seen from a cruise ship.
Brown Bear
Best Season : April – August
May be seen from a cruise ship.
Sperm Whale
Best Season : late June – mid September
May be seen from a cruise ship and KUJIRANOMIERUOKA Park.
Cham Salmon
Best Season : late August – mid September
May be seen from a bridge near the river.
Steller’s Sea Eagle
Best Season : mid January – mid March
Observable from a cruise ship and land.
Blakiston’s Fish-Owl
Best Season : All season
Observable at the facility SHIMAFUKURO OBSERVATORY.
White-tailed Sea-Eagle
Best Season : mid January – mid March
Observable from a cruise ship and land.
Steller’s Sea Lion
Best Season : mid November – mid February
May be seen from a cruise ship, land and during a diving.
Harbor Seal
Best Season : mid January – mid March
May be seen from a cruise ship and land.
Ribbon Seal
Best Season : mid January – mid March
May be seen from a cruise ship and land.