Shiretoko Peninsula World Heritage Site

Peninsula in Hokkaido, Japan

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Shiretoko Peninsula
Shiretoko Peninsula Hokkaido Japan SRTM.jpg
A satellite image of Shiretoko Peninsula
Highest point
PeakMount Rausu, Shari and Rausu
Elevation1,661 m (5,449 ft)
Coordinates44°4′33″N 145°7′21″E / 44.07583°N 145.12250°E / 44.07583; 145.12250
Dimensions
Length70 km (43 mi) SW-NE
Width25 km (16 mi) NW-SE
Area1,230 km2 (470 sq mi)
Naming
EtymologyAinu sir etok, "the end of the Earth" or "the place where the Earth protrudes"
Native nameShiretoko-hantō (知床半島)
Geography
Location ShiretokoPeninJp.jpg
Northeastern corner of the archipelago
CountryJapan
StateHokkaidō
RegionsAbashiri Subprefecture and Nemuro Subprefecture
DistrictsMenashi District, Shari District and Shibetsu District
Range coordinates44°5.8′N 145°9.2′E / 44.0967°N 145.1533°E / 44.0967; 145.1533Coordinates: 44°5.8′N 145°9.2′E / 44.0967°N 145.1533°E / 44.0967; 145.1533
Geology
OrogenyIsland arc
Type of rockVolcanic
Climbing
Official nameShiretoko
CriteriaNatural: (ix), (x)
Reference1193
Inscription2005 (29th session)
Area71,100 ha (176,000 acres)

Shiretoko Peninsula (知床半島, Shiretoko-hantō) is located on the easternmost portion of the Japanese island of Hokkaidō, protruding into the Sea of Okhotsk. It is separated from Kunashir Island of Russia by the Nemuro Strait. The name Shiretoko is derived from the Ainu word sir etok, meaning "the end of the Earth"[1] or "the place where the Earth protrudes". The towns of Rausu and Shari are found on the peninsula.

The Shiretoko Peninsula was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2005, in recognition of the peninsula being the southernmost point where sea ice usually forms in the Northern Hemisphere.[2]

  1. ^ Hunt, Paul (1988). "33. Shiretoko". Hiking in Japan: An Adventurer's Guide to the Mountain Trails (First ed.). Tokyo and New York: Kodansha International Ltd. pp. 200–205. ISBN 0-87011-893-5.
  2. ^ "Shiretoko Peninsula". NASA Earth Observatory. Retrieved 2008-07-09.

Nearby Places

  • Shiretoko National Park
  • Menashi District, Hokkaido

    District in Hokkaido, Japan

  • Rausu, Hokkaido

    Town in Hokkaido, Japan

  • Shiretoko Peninsula
  • Mount Rausu
  • Mount Onnebetsu
  • Mount Chienbetsu
  • Mount Minami
  • Mount Okkabake
  • Mount Sashirui

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