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Hiking in Hokkaido

Discover the natural beauty and diverse terrains of Japan’s second largest island!

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. Compare and book a certified guide for your trip on Explore-Share.com: 1500+ guides, 70+ countries and more than 8000 different programs to choose from. Take a pick from our selection of Hiking trips in Hokkaido. The mountains are calling!
 
 
 
 
 

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What people are saying about these trips

Wim Somers

4.00

September, 2019

4-day Daisetsuzan National Park hiking tour in Hokkaido, Japan

Yuki Nagaya replaced Takao and did a perfect job. Daisetsuzan is very nice, scenery is tremendous and the trail is challenging. Onsen was available in all mountain huts. Apart from bring a great guide; Yuki prepares delicious food.

Maria Grazia Messina

5.00

September, 2019

Hiking in Daisetsuzan Park, Hokkaido

Excellent professional guide and wonderful scenery

Weiie Lee

5.00

October, 2018

1 day hiking in Daisetsuzan on Hakuundake and Kurodake

We had an excellent time hiking up to the summit of Mt Kurodake. Jun gave us a good intro to the flora and fauna on the way up and regaled us with stories all the way up. He set a pace suitable for us and ensured our safety throughout. Jun comes highly recommended!

Gadi Shkolnik

5.00

September, 2018

Hiking in Daisetsuzan Park, Hokkaido

The trip was great. The views are extrodinary.

Joachim

5.00

August, 2018

Shiretoko Cape 4 day guided trek

I had a fabulous trip. Wataru Nara is a highly experienced guide and we were in good hands (a hiker from another group had to be rescued by helicopter while we were climbing down from the traverse – making us realize how dangerous these mountains can be). I could never have done the hike on my own. The scenery was breath taking, we saw deer, a fox and a bear. It was one of the best hikes I’ve ever done. The other hikers were also good company. Since there were four paying hikers, the final cost was very reasonable. I am very satisfied with this experience and look forward to my next hike.

Selim Balduyck

5.00

September, 2017

3-day hiking in Daisetsuzan from Asahidake to Tenninkyo

Great trip, beautiful and various landscapes. Makato treated us very well and by the way he is a great cook!

Kenton Beerman

5.00

August, 2017

Hiking in Daisetsuzan Park, Hokkaido

Jun did an incredible job guiding us through Daisetsuzan National Park. He was attentive, friendly and courteous. His knowledge of the local flora, fauna, and landscape was superb (that rock garden in particular left a deep impression on me). His cooking was superb. And, we felt like we experienced aspects of the Japanese outdoors and Japanese culture that are very hard to reach.

Kenton

5.00

August, 2017

Hiking in Daisetsuzan Park, Hokkaido

Jun did an incredible job guiding us through Daisetsuzan National Park. He was attentive, friendly and courteous. His knowledge of the local flora, fauna, and landscape was superb (that rock garden in particular left a deep impression on me). His cooking was superb. And, we felt like we experienced aspects of the Japanese outdoors and culture that are very hard to reach. Andy and I had a phenomenal time.

Philipp Vogt

4.00

June, 2017

Hiking in Daisetsuzan Park, Hokkaido

It was a great experience and with Jun we had a fabulous guide. We hope he will be a guide for much longer to join him again. Thanks a lot Jun, どもありがとうございます

Christine

5.00

October, 2016

Trekking and Climbing on Rebun and Rishiri islands

Our two guides have been really great and showed us the beauty of Rishiri and Rebun Island by sharing their knowledge and passion. We did learn a lot about the flora on Japan's most Northern islands! Rishiri-Zan was a great, pleasant summer hike and must be beautiful and fun for ski touring in Winter time. thanks again!

Joe

5.00

October, 2016

1 Day Meakandake Hiking in Hokkaido

As for Kikuo-san, we both really liked her.  She is very pleasant.  A bit quiet spoken in a good way.  She obviously knows the Akan region very well, as she lives inside the national park.  She has very responsible and well organised.  I would have her guide us again, when we go back to the area.

Lee

October, 2016

Hiking Shiretoko National Park, Hokkaido

Jun is a responsible and reliable guide. He is also knowledgeable on the local flora and fauna and managed to show us quite a few interesting alpine flowers, birds and animals. He is kind and helpful and converses well in English. I will not hesitate to recommend him to any anyone needing an English speaking guide in Japan.


 

There are many reasons for choosing Hiking in Japan

The island of Hokkaido boasts some incredibly stunning scenery. Mountains, forests and alpine meadows dominate the interior of the island while tree-covered and rugged cliffs lead down to the sea on the island's coast lines. Hiking is a great way to get out and see all of the natural beauty that awaits on this incredible island.

 

Good to know:

Country Code:

+81

Language:

Japanese

Currency:

Yen (JPY)

Best time to visit:

June to September

What’s the weather like?

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

How to get there:

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

More info about Hiking in Hokkaido:

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

 

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