Wildlife boat cruises

Wildlife boat cruises

Take a boat cruise around the shoreline of the Shiretoko Peninsula and experience the diverse wildlife and marine life of this remote wilderness

The wildlife of Shiretoko Peninsula is best seen from the water. In summer look for whales, while winter brings magnificent drift ice from the Sea of Okhotsk.

The port town of Rausu on the Shiretoko Peninsula is a great base for wildlife cruises in the Sea of Okhotsk. Summer is a great time for whale watching as the deep waters close to shore attract minke whales, giant beaked whales and Dall's porpoises. Enormous flocks of petrels also come to Rausu in summer, all the way from Australia.

In winter the landscape changes dramatically as giant flows of ice float south from the Russian Far East. This is the southernmost region of the northern hemisphere to see ryuhyo drifting sea ice. This harsh environment suits Steller's sea eagles and white-tailored eagles which number around 2,000 in February. After the birds migrate, rare spotted seals can be seen on the drift ice. The best way to view the wildlife up close is to take a drift ice boat cruise which InsideJapan can book as part of any winter Hokkaido itinerary.

Wildlife boat cruises

located in Rausu

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    Winter Bird Watching

    Steller's Sea Eagles, Red-Crowned Cranes and Blakiston's Fish Owls are just some of the many rare species to be spotted in Hokkaido during Japan's winter season. Our flexible independent travel itinerary includes two full days with birding guides and the very best lodging locations.

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    Enjoy some fantastic bird-watching on Japan's snow-swept northern island of Hokkaido

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    Hammerhead sharks

    Fancy swimming amid a school of hammerhead sharks?

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  • Red-crowned cranes

    Red-crowned cranes

    Observe the amazing spectacle that is the annual red-crowned crane mating dance.

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