1+ day hiking in Daisetsuzan, Hokkaido

Join JMGA certified guide Wataru for a wonderful hiking adventure in Daisetsuzan in Hokkaido, Japan that can last for one or several days if you wish.




Trip Duration

1+ day

People per Guide

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jul, Aug

Type of Trip



  • Enjoy a wonderful hiking adventure in the Daisetsuzan National Park in Japan.

  • Hike in the park for one, or several days if you wish.

  • Open to people of all levels.


Also known as Taisetsuzan, Daisetsuzan is the largest national park in Japan. And, for one or several days if you wish, I would like to guide you on a hiking adventure through this tremendous park.

Located on the island of Hokkaido, surrounded by gorgeous mountains, there is a great deal of amazing things to see within the Daisetsuzan National Park. In fact, you will get to see the highest peak in all of Hokkaido during this trip: Asahidake (2,290m).

During the summer months, the park is absolutely gorgeous. Full of lush flowers and vibrant fauna along with a mesmerizing background of peaks, you will be in a constant state of awe. Furthermore, there is plenty of wildlife as well, including bears, foxes and much more.

The trails we will be taking are not very difficult to navigate. They are not steep and there are no technical aspects to speak of. As a result, this trip is open to hikers of every level. However, because we will be hiking for approximately 7 hours per day, if you decide to stretch out your hike to several days, it is important that participants are in good physical condition.

Would you like to observe and trek through one of the most beautiful natural areas in Japan? If so, you will love this hiking trip in the Daisetsuzan National Park. To join me on this trip, please send a request.

Would you like to enjoy some back country skiing in Sapporo? Then come and join me on this wonderful trip.

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Price per person, per day

Group of 1
30000 JPY

Group of 2
15000 JPY

Group of 3
10000 JPY

Group of 4
7500 JPY


Price includes

  • Guiding fee
 Transportation from and to Sapporo cost an extra of 10,000 JPY.

Other details

Skill level required

All Levels

Fitness level required


Meeting point



About the Guide


I am a Japan Mountain Guides Association (JMGA) mountain and ski guide, born and raised in Sapporo. I have been an avid traveller all my life, starting as a hitchhiker as a primary school child and travelled around 40 different countries in the world since then, including South America (Aconcagua and Andes), USA (Denali), Greenland etc. I have been involved with the JMGA for about 18 years now, guiding in the mountains both in the summer and in the winter on skis. I am a board member of Hokkaido Mountain Guides Association (HMGA). I also have an experience as a field guide in Antarctica between 2011 and 2013 as a part of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition. Since my return from Antarctica, I have been running my own guesthouse and a bar, SappoLodge, which is located at the heart of Sapporo, Hokkaido. It has approximately 30 beds and is always filled with travelers from all over the world. I am happy to be able to guide these diverse and curious visitors in the nature around Hokkaido.

My main field of guiding is in the backcountry all around Hokkaido in the winter. My choice of toy in riding the pow is a snowboard but depending on the type of guests I’m happy riding on my skis too. In the summer, I enjoy guiding in the mountains (climbing and grand traverses), sea-kayaking and canoeing in the river or lake. I full heartedly recommend these fun activities to explore the nature of Hokkaido too!

Get in touch with me if you’d like to enjoy the nature of Hokkaido with me!



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What People are Saying about Wataru Nara


I had a great time with Wataru, very nice and experienced guide. He brought us not so far away in a quiet and beautiful area of Shirebitsu with tons of magical snow. If I could, I would go back tomorrow! Thanks again to your platform.
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Should have extended each day by at least 1 run
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Philippe Fatzer
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.
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Myself and my husband and brother had a fabulous day! We got great snow! Wataru showed us some great places to get the powder stashes! Unfortunately my skill level could not make the utmost of this awesome day but I enjoyed it so much anyway. If I can make it back to Hokkaido I will try my hardest to book with Wataru again.
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Holly Sullivan

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