Boasting one UNESCO World Heritage site, six national parks and more than a dozen other natural areas and protected spaces, there is a lot to see in Hokkaido. Hiking gets your out into the island’s incredible wilderness.
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Situated just to the north of Honshu, Hokkaido is Japan’s second largest island and chock-full of incredible hiking opportunities. Outside of the aforementioned locations, there are plenty of other great parks and natural areas to explore on foot.
Other popular hiking spots include Shikotsu-Tōya National Park and Akan Mashu National Park. The former is home to Mount Yotei, which is the eighth tallest mountain on the island and among the most popular to climb. Shikotsu-Tōya is also home to Noboribetsu hot springs, which make for a great evening activity after a long day of hiking.
Meanwhile Akan Mashu National Park, one of the two oldest national parks on the island, is home to volcanic craters and forests. Hiking around the edge of Lake Mashu is quite popular as is climbing Mount Meakan and enjoying the views from the top.
During the summer, average daily temperatures on Hokkaido range from 15 ºC to 20 ºC. Summer is also the wettest time of year, with an average of 125 millimeters of rain falling each month.
Most trips to Hokkaido will begin with a flight into the New Chitose Airport (CTS), the largest one on the island. CTS can be easily reached by connection from Tokyo. From here, buses connect the city of Sapporo to many of the most popular hiking spots.
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