Shiretoko, Hokkaido, Japan, 17-20 Oct 2012
Once you’ve landed in Memanbetsu airport (north east of Hokkaido), take a bus to Abashiri (stops along the way include a prison and an elementary school, pretty much back to back) then the one-car train to Shari and another bus to Utoro. Once in Utoro, choose to stay in the kitch-looking Iruka inn for the seafood dinners, the view over the Sea of Okhotsk, its onsen, and most importantly for Miyuko & Yamamoto, the inn’s fab owners.
Shiretoko Goko Lakes + brown bear sighting + foxy + Oshinkoshin Waterfall from the top + Miyuko & Yamamoto @ Iruka inn + seafood and ramen + the sea of old socks + Shiretoko Pass and its view of Mount Rausu and disputed
Russian Japanese Kunashiri Island + watching the sunset from the top of Oronkoiwa Rock (the rock that is sitting there) + the boat trip we never took.