Kamuiwakka Hot Falls

Kamuiwakka Hot Falls © Iry

What is Kamuiwakka Hot Falls

Hot spring water from Mt. Iou on Shiretoko Peninsula (Designated as a World Heritage Site in 2005) flows into Kamuwakka River and thus, the river is filled with hot spring water.  The basin of the waterfall has become a natural open-air bath and is crowded with visitors at certain times of year.  There are several basins but the water is hotter farther upstream.  Currently, the portion above ‘’Ichi-no-taki’’ is prohibited due to possible rockslides.

In addition to bathing in the waterfall basin, visitors can also enjoy gorge climbing in the river.  However, the riverbed is very slippery and you must bring proper footwear to prevent slipping.  Also, to prevent further injury during a fall, visitors cannot hold anything in their hands during this activity.  There is a construction rope along Kamuiwakka River, however, it was not placed there for the purposes of the gorge climb and it is extremely dangerous to use it for that purpose.  Even if you see this construction rope, do not use it for gorge climbing.


By public transportation:  The closest train station is Shiretokoshari Station of the JR Senmo-honsen Line.  From the station, take the Shari Bus toward Utoro Onsen Hot Spring and get off at the ‘’Utoro Onsen Bus Terminal’’.  From the bus stop, it is a 50-minute taxi ride.  In the summer, there is a shuttle bus, which can also be used.

By car:  Kamuiwakka Hot Falls can be reached by Hokkaido Route 93.  There is a free parking lot on site.

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Description: Kamuiwakka Hot Falls

Sights Kamuiwakka Hot Falls (カムイワッカ湯の滝)
Address Shiretoko National Park, Shari-cho, Shari-gun, Hokkaido
Phone / Fax Phone: 0152-22-2125 / Fax: 0152-23-6226
Duration 2Hour(s)
Recommended Season Summer (June - August) Autumn (September - November)
Recommended target Family Couples Groups Child (ages 7-17) Adult (ages 20+)

Map: Kamuiwakka Hot Falls