One of the 100 most famous mountains in Japan and one of the 100 most famous mountains for flowers, Rausu-dake (1,661 meters above sea level) is the highest peak in the Shiretoko Volcanoes that tower over the Shiretoko Peninsula.
It is also called Shiretoko Fuji (The name comes from its resemblance to Mt. Fuji).
The name comes from the Ainu word “lausi” (the place where the bones of animals are).
It is a mountain that is popular with climbers from all over the country, despite the fact that it is a very difficult mountain to climb, with a lot of snow remaining even in July and snow starting to fall as early as September.
The mountain is also home to brown bears, so be sure to gather information from the Shiretoko Rausu Visitor Center before you go climbing.
Plan 1. It is recommended to take JAL or ANA to Memanbetsu Airport (MMB) and then rent a car to go to Mt. Rausu. Headed for Iwaobetsu-Onsen. Approximately 2 hours.
Memanbetsu Airport HP : http://mmb-airport.co.jp.e.ug.hp.transer.com/webtra/
Plan 2. Nakatsubetsu Airport (SHB) → Times CAR RENTAL (Nakatsubetsu Airport), Approximately 2 hours.
Nakashibetu Airport HP : http://www.nakashibetsu-airport.jp.e.ahh.hp.transer.com/webtra/
Take a bus from JR Shiretoko Shari Station or Memanbetsu Airport to Utoro Onsen Bus Terminal ( Use Shari Bus ).
From there, you can usually take a cab. Approximately 20 minutes, 4500 yen.
Mt. Rausu was quite hard. And the encounter with the brown bear…
I made it to safety, but it was a tense moment, and my heart rate didn’t drop for a while.
・Total distance: 13.08km
・Elevation at highest point: 1661m
・Lowest point elevation: 217m
・Cumulative elevation: 1411m
Bear spray can be rented at
- Shiretoko Nature Center (8:00 – 17:30)
- Rausu Visitor Center (9:00-17:00)*Closed Mondays, but open July-September
- Rusa Field House (9:00-17:00) *Closed on Tuesdays
- Kinoshita Hut
Can be rented at The fee is 1,000 yen / 24 hours. ( reference )
If you’re flying, you can’t bring your own, so you’ve only got two choices: rent one or buy one locally, which is practically a rental!
*You need to be at least 18 years old and bring your driver’s license or other photo ID with you.
Hotel in Shiretoko!
This time, we wanted to do Mt. Rausu and Shiretoko sightseeing, so we used Iruka Hotel as our base!
The view of Mt. Rausu, which we were planning to climb, was a nice sight from our room.