Hiking is the best way to discover the secrets of the Daisetsuzan National Park, in the island of Hokkaido, with JMGA certified mountain guide.
Daisetsuzan, also called Taisetsuzan, is the largest national park in Japan. It is located in the center of Hokkaido in a mountain range. In fact, it includes Asahidake, the highest peak (2,290 m) of the island.
This park is just a beauty. It's full of flowers between the end of June and the end of July. Besides, we enjoy the superb mountains. And we get to see wild animals (bears, foxes…) and preserved flora.
I love this place very much even though the mountains are not very high (I'm a mountain guide). But the environment surrounding us is so wild and preserved that it makes your time there very special and unforgettable. You feel the living nature so much after staying for more than one day in these places!
The trail is not difficult and not very steep. It is suitable for all levels. The average walking time per day is 7 hours, including time to eat, to stop to admire the landscapes…
The program I'm organizing there lasts for 4 days. We will be camping every night in a tent. This makes the experience much more better. The mountain huts are very often full.
Please note that I can only take you on this hike during the months of July and August. Snow makes June and September unsuitable for this hike.
I will be very happy to guide you there and share with you my knowledge about the Daisetsuzan National Park.
If you are thinking of visiting Hokkaido in the winter, I can also take you off piste and ski touring!
Need to have good strength for 8-9 hours hike-up in a day.
Total walking hours will be Day1: 4-5 hours, Day2: 8-9 hours, Day3: 8-9 hours, Day4: 5 hours. It is rather moderate trekking course. Not advance technical skill needed, but the participants need to have good fitness enough to walk whole day with carrying their bags (approximately 7kg-10kg).
Guide Ratio is 1:4.
The tour is available for up to 8 people.
*If the participants are over 5, I will ask support guide to join us.
In Hokkaido, the temperature might be under 10℃ even at lower mountains. When the weather condition is bad, it down to -10℃ even in the summer time. Usually, in the early summer, the temperature is around 20℃～23℃ in July. Morning and evening is getting cooler at the camp site. Please bring your warm clothes.
Rope-way gondola fee at Asahidake (one-way JPY1,400)
Lunch and Snack
Meals after descending the mountain
Onsen (hot spring) fee
If you have items that you do not want to carry during hike, you can leave them at the guide's car. The guide's car will transfer from the trailhead to Shimo-Yamaguchi.
The guide will provide you light meals for your breakfast and supper. And, you will have drinking water every day.
The participants will share the tent for 4-people.
Please book your flight arriving at Asahikawa Airport before 9:00 a.m., and departure from Shin-Chitose Airport after 7:00 p.m.
- Guiding fee
- Mountain guide expenses
We will meet at North Exit, Sapporo Station at 7:00 a.m. Or, pick up at your hotel or meet at Asahikawa Airport at 9:30 a.m.
From Sapporo station / Asahikawa Airport, we will go forward to Asahidake Rope-way Station. We can stop at the shop to buy some food or snacks. We will go to Sugatami Station (the 5th station) of Asahidake Rope-way and start our hiking. We will take a gondola and then walk for 2 1/2 hours in order to reach the top. We will camp on the other side of the mountain after going down for about an hour. Stay overnight at Ura-Asahi camp site (tent)
This is also a beautiful day with a lot of amazing views on the Daisetsuzan mountain range. At night, we either sleep in the tent or in the mountain hut. Stay overnight at Chu-betsu camp site (mountain hut or tent)
Tomuraushi is a very famous mountain in Hokkaido. We will stay at night on the Minaminuma camp. (tent)
We will go hiking from Minaminuma to Higashi-taisetsu-sou around noon.
After taking Onsen and having lunch, we will go to Shin-Chitose Airport at 6:00 p.m. / Sapporo Station at 7:30 p.m.
I will provide the tents. Equipment: hiking shoes, backpack (40-50 liters), rain wear, warm fleece jacket or thin warm jacket, sleeping bag (3 seasons: -5° to 15°), camping mattress, cup and dish, bottle of water, headlight I can also lend you the following items so let me know if you need: sleeping bag (JPY 1,000 per day), backpack (JPY 1,000 per day), cup/bottle/head torch (JPY 500 each per day). You can also hire some equipment from Yamarent - http://www.yamarent.com/en/ for hiking shoes and clothing items as well as other gears. Once you reserve your items, you can receive the items by postal delivery to your accommodation in Japan or collect and fit the gears in their shops located near Shinjuku station or Kawaguchiko station. You’ll be eligible for a discount of 10% with the Explore&Share promotion code, ES3776, if you rent more than JPY 5,000.
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JMGA Mountain Guide
I was born in Kitami city in east Hokkaido. I grew up loving outdoor sports, skiing, and mountain climbing. I now lives in Sapporo and I have been a guide for the last 15 years.
I have accumulated vast experience in mountaineering in both Japan and abroad. I have served on the Canadian Ski Patrol and I have a wealth of experience skiing, rock climbing, and mountain climbing all over the world including Europe, North America, and Nepal.
I pride myself on my skill and experience rock climbing during the summer and backcountry skiing in the winter months. I have climbed Mt. McKinley in the U.S., Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Ama-Dablam, in Nepal, The Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Chamonix, in Europe and Insubong in Korea.
Please contact me if you want to experience Japan walking, climbing or skiing! I will be very happy to guide you here.
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Yasuko is a very experienced guide. We spent two days with her and thoroughly enjoyed our time. She suggested tours based on our experience level and the weather conditions (one day was extremely stormy, yet she still found a place where we could ski). Both days, we were making fresh tracks :) Highly recommend!
We were happy with Yasuko as a guide . Her English is ok but she did not have many options on a bad weather day . She is an excellent and we would not hesitate to have her guide us again . Thank you Yasuko 😊
Yakuso was a great guide with lots of experience around the area. we thoroughly enoyed touring with her. She also helped us get equipment when we couldn't find any. Highly recommend!
Yasuko was great, very experienced, calm and patient with snowboarders. The weather wasn’t on our side but Yasuko found some areas and cut fresh tracks for us all day. Thanks again.
i did cancel my oversease trip due to coronavirus concerns and it being a bad season in japan. will come back in january next year to try.
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