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Sep 21, 2006 - Shiretoko National Park and World Heritage Site

Today I woke up in a campground in Utoro, which is the gateway to Shiretoko National Park and World Heritage Site. From what I understand, a World Heritage Site is like a National Park, but is special enough to warrant designation from the United Nations as a unique habitat or ecosystem that exists nowhere else in the world. From what I've seen so far, it certainly deserves that distinction. Yesterday was spent in transit, with (another!) very long train ride through the Hokkaido countryside. It reminds me of Wisconsin, with a lot of...

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