A peninsula protruding from the northeastern part of Hokkaido into the Sea of Okhotsk. Untouched nature remains in the Shiretoko Peninsula, which was registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The area contains steep mountains about 1,500 meters tall, virgin forests, and a caldera lake. It is located at the lowest latitude in the world where seasonal ice forms and well known as a habitat of many wild animal species, such as brown bears, deer (Yezo sika), and white-tailed eagles, that are attracted by the plentiful nutrients carried by drift ice that covers this area of ocean in winter. I took a walk around the virgin forest with a nature guide and found footprints bigger than my palm! The guide said the footprints were new. I couldn’t help looking around. Don’t scare me!