Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-National Park
is a quasi-national park in Hokkaidō
, formerly known as Ezo, Yezo, Yeso, or Yesso, is Japan's second largest island; it is also the largest and northernmost of Japan's 47 prefectural-level subdivisions. The Tsugaru Strait separates Hokkaido from Honshu, although the two islands are connected by the underwater railway Seikan Tunnel...

, Japan
Japan is an island nation in East Asia. Located in the Pacific Ocean, it lies to the east of the Sea of Japan, China, North Korea, South Korea and Russia, stretching from the Sea of Okhotsk in the north to the East China Sea and Taiwan in the south...

. On the coast of the Sea of Japan
Sea of Japan
The Sea of Japan is a marginal sea of the western Pacific Ocean, between the Asian mainland, the Japanese archipelago and Sakhalin. It is bordered by Japan, North Korea, Russia and South Korea. Like the Mediterranean Sea, it has almost no tides due to its nearly complete enclosure from the Pacific...

, there is a Marine Protected Area
Marine Protected Area
Marine Protected Areas, like any protected area, are regions in which human activity has been placed under some restrictions in the interest of conserving the natural environment, it's surrounding waters and the occupant ecosystems, and any cultural or historical resources that may require...

 covering the west and north coast of Shakotan peninsula
Shakotan Peninsula
The in Shiribeshi, on the west coast of Hokkaidō, Japan, is a mountainous peninsula which projects some 30 kilometres into the Sea of Japan.Its coastline, known for the many natural stone pillars which project from the sea, forms part of the Niseko-Shakotan-Otaru Kaigan Quasi-National...

 from Kamoenai
Kamoenai, Hokkaido
is a village located in Furuu District, Shiribeshi, Hokkaidō, Japan.As of 2007, the village has an estimated population of 1,095. The total area is 147.71 km².-External links:*...

 to Otaru
Otaru, Hokkaido
is a city and port in Shiribeshi, Hokkaido, Japan, northwest of Sapporo. The city faces the Ishikari Bay, and has long served as the main port of the bay. With its many historical buildings, Otaru is a popular tourist destination...

. The park also protects the area around the Mount Raiden
Mount Raiden Volcanic Group
Mount Raiden Volcanic Group is a volcanic group of active stratovolcanoes and lava domes situated in Hokkaidō, Japan. The volcanoes were active 1.4 million to 800,000 years ago.-List of peaks:...

 and Niseko Volcanic Group
Niseko Volcanic Group
Niseko Volcanic Group is a volcanic group of active stratovolcanoes and lava domes situated in Hokkaidō, Japan. The volcanoes are younger than 400,000 years. The last eruption was 6,000 to 7,000 years ago. Today Iwaonupuri shows fumarolic activity....


According to the World Database on Protected Areas, this park protects the following species:
  • Prunus sargentii
    Prunus sargentii
    Prunus sargentii, commonly known as Sargent's cherry, North Japanese hill cherry, or in Japan, is a species of cherry native to Japan, Korea, and Sakhalin .The tree was named for Charles Sprague Sargent.-Description:...

    , a species of cherry tree
  • Carcinactis ichikawai, a species of sea anemone
    Sea anemone
    Sea anemones are a group of water-dwelling, predatory animals of the order Actiniaria; they are named after the anemone, a terrestrial flower. Sea anemones are classified in the phylum Cnidaria, class Anthozoa, subclass Zoantharia. Anthozoa often have large polyps that allow for digestion of larger...

  • Carcharodon carcharias, a species of shark
  • Aptocyclus ventricosus, a species of Lumpsucker
    Lumpsuckers or lumpfish are mostly small scorpaeniform marine fish of the family Cyclopteridae. They are found in the cold waters of the Arctic, North Atlantic, and North Pacific oceans...

  • Haliclyctus tenuis, species of true jellyfish
    Scyphozoa is a class within the phylum Cnidaria, sometimes referred to as the "true jellyfish".The class name Scyphozoa comes from the Greek word skyphos , denoting a kind of drinking cup and alluding to the cup shape of the organism....

  • Finella sp, a species of mollusk
    The Neotaenioglossa is an extant name. It was originally named by Haller in 1882. Ponder and Warén and Marquet assigned it to the superorder Caenogastropoda. ITIS considers the order Neotaenioglossa a synonym of Cerithioidea Férussac, 1819 ....

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