At Shiretoko, the north-eastern part of Hokkaido, brown bears roam free on the mountains overlooking the Sea of Okhostk and Stellars Sea Eagle fly above the deep blue ocean full of whales and dolphins. The Shiretoko peninsula is the home of Shiretoko National Park, a UNESCO world heritage centre to protect the diverse and unique wildlife. It was one of the first settlements for the Ainu people in Hokkaido and now my favourite getaway when I want to be surrounded by mountains and sea. There is a lot more to Shiretoko than wildlife watching, so read along to know what awaits in this remote sanctuary.
Fishing was always on my wish list during my stay in Australia. It came finally true in Hokkaido. While planning for this trip, I thought what could be better than having a giant salmon as your first catch. I planned a weekend Salmon fishing expedition to Shiretoko along with few newbie Japanese anglers. I was super excited but also petrified by the thought of holding a waggling fish in my hands.Read along to know how it turned out. (more…)