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Welcome to Rausu, Shiretoko

Shiretoko Peninsula -- a World Heritage site in Hokkaido.
Its unique ecosystem can be best experienced in the town of Rausu, located along the Nemuro Strait.
Get on board the Aruran III, a nature cruise ship that lets you see orcas and sperm whales in summer, and Steller's sea eagles and white-tailed eagles playing on drift ice during winter.

Cruise Information

Summer Cruise

Cruise operation: End of April – mid October
Travel time: Approximately 2.5 hours (Reservation required)
Departure time: 8:30 a.m. (Please come to the Aruran III waiting room at Rausu Port by 8:15 a.m. We will head out once all the passengers have arrived.)
Cost: 8,000 yen/adult; 4,000 yen/child in elementary school
(There is a discount for a group with 10 or more people. Please contact us for details.)
Please note: The cruise ship may not operate during high tides and bad weather conditions such as dense fog.
(There are, however, cases where the weather is clear out on the ocean and it is possible to run the whale-watching tour. Please contact us in advance.)
Please call us at 0153-87-4477 by 7:30 a.m. on the day of the boarding date to check/confirm whether or not the ship will operate.

Winter Cruise

Cruise operation: End of January – end of March
Travel time: Approximately 2.5 hours (Reservation required)
Departure time: Early morning route departs approximately 30-60 minutes before sunrise; regular route departs at 8:30 a.m.
Cost: 9,000 yen/adult; 4,500 yen/child in elementary school
(There is a discount for a group with 10 or more people. Please contact us for details.)
Please note: The cruise ship may not operate in extreme weather conditions such as blizzard.
Please contact us for details when making a reservation.

For information regarding cruise reservation and operation:
TEL: 0153-87-4477
FAX: 0153-85-7977

Frequently Asked Questions

Here, you will find answers to questions that are frequently asked by our customers, such as:
"Is there a 100% guarantee that we will see sperm whales?"
"Is there a bathroom on the ship?"
"What should we wear when boarding the Aruran III?"

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