The area surrounding Obihiro, Shiretoko and Kushiro(Eastern Hokkaido)
- Kamuiwakka Hot Falls(Shari)
A natural hot spring considered by the Ainu people as sacred that is one of Shiretoko's most popular hidden gem hot springs
Kamuiwakka Falls is located on the Kamuiwakka River that begins deep in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Shiretoko. A natural hot spring that bubbles to the surface halfway up Mt. Io flows into the river making the falls an actual hot spring. The word kamuiwakka means "water of the kamuy (deities)" in the Ainu language. The water has a high sulfur content that does not sustain life, so it received this name out of awe.
Kamuiwakka Falls is now a popular as one of Shiretoko's most popular hidden gem hot springs. Currently, the water temperature at Ichinotaki where you can actually bathe is around 30 degrees Celsius. The water is highly acidic, so people with skin problems should avoid the dip. The area is extremely slippery. Visitors should wear sandals that keep the heel in place or a pair of mountain climbing shoes or boots.
|Address||Iwaobetsu, On-nebetsumura, Sharicho||TEL||0152-22-2125
(Shiretoko Shari-cho Tourist Association)
Shuttle buses are operated during the summertime and "Silver Week" (dates vary).