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Let’s enjoy hiking in deep forest of Meakandake, Hokkaido! After hiking and learning about Japanese alpine plants, Onsen (hot spring) is waiting for us!
Meakandake (Mt. Meakan: 1,499m) is located south-west of Lake Akan. It is also called Machineshiri, which means ‘female mountain’ in Ainu language. Ainu is the indigenous peoples of northern part of Japan. While we make a slow ascent through the forests, a lot of beautiful alpine plants welcome us.
Then, at about 1,200m high, we reach the shoulder of Mt. Meakan. Later, the broad and slow gravel ground slope will appear from behind lava ridge. From the summit of Meakandake, we can enjoy a fabulous panorama looking down towards the lakes.
I love to feel being myself in the spectacular nature. Let’s go hiking together to enjoy the beautiful nature of Hokkaido.
Enjoy Onsen, too!
It is such a great time to dip in hot spring, especially after a wonderful hike. Near the trail head, there is an Onsen (hot spring) that has different type of hot water than Lake Akan Onsen. It is not a big Onsen, but if you would like to have a dip, then we can stop by after the hike.
Get a glimpse of what the trek there is like by reading this testimonial from a very pleased couple of hikers!
- Rain wear
- Comfortable clothes for hiking (long sleeve shirt & long pants recommended)
- Trekking shoes or Sneakers (comfortable shoes)
- Drink (about 500ml)
- Snack or Energy bar
- Insect repellent
- Others (for personal needs)
Price per person
- Guiding fee
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
- Day 1: Meakandake hike
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- Guide Fee
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About the Guide
I am a JMGA qualified mountain guide. I was born in Tokyo but moved to and now live in Kushiro, near Akan National Park, in Hokkaido as I was attracted to the nature. In the outdoors, I’ve always loved walking in the nature and adored the simplicity and freedom of camping - carrying your own “home” from a place of your choice to another...
My favourite moments in the mountains is when I can feel the presence of animals and plants even though I don’t see them through my eyes. I love it when I feel the lives and paths of ours overlap with those of animal and plants of the forest and our ancestors from the distant past.
My experience of a camping trip on a glacier in Alaska and working in the North Japan Alps to protect vegetations on the high mountain from theft, made me realise my affection for the mountains and prompted me to start my career in the mountains as a guide.
I can guide anywhere in Hokkaido (except for Shiretoko Goko) as I also hold a guiding qualification from Hokkaido for summer mountains, and thus will be able to not only guide you but also tell you stories on history of Hokkaido, Ainu cultures, animal and fish species specific to Hokkaido! My speciality and the favourite is guiding in Akan National Park, and I particularly recommend the virgin forest nearby the lake, where only National Park certified guided parties can enter.
I like to guide clients to make their experience memorable such that their experience in Hokkaido and Japan lives on even after the return to their normal lives - perhaps not necessarily in the form of memories but in the form of changed lifestyles or viewpoints towards life.
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