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4-Day Hiking Tour in Daisetsuzan, Hokkaido

Hiking is the best way to discover the secrets of the Daisetsuzan National Park, in the island of Hokkaido, with JMGA certified mountain guide.

Mountain RangeDaisetsuzan
Duration4 days
Offer periodJul, Aug
Type of tripNot specified

Description

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!

Required Technical Level:

Intermediate

Required Fitness Level:

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:

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.

Climate:

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.

Excluded from Price:
  • Rope-way gondola fee at Asahidake (one-way JPY1,400)
  • Lunch and Snack
  • Meals after descending the mountain
  • Onsen (hot spring) fee
Note:
  • 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.

Meeting point

At Shin-chitose Airport (Sapporo)

Accommodation

Camping.

Disclaimer

- In case of bad weather / conditions (including road conditions), the trip itinerary may be altered and/or date change can be discussed. - Riding on the guide's car is considered as ride sharing and thus will only covered under normal car insurance. The guide's responsibility and liability is only applicable from the departure from the start of the approach path until our return to the same point. - Please make sure all participants are individual insured appropriately with international travel insurance. - For any injuries in the mountains, the guide will not be liable and will need to be paid by your own means. - Please reserve well in advance. Booking request under 1 month is usually not possible.

More info

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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Itinerary

Day 1: Asahidake

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)

Day 2: From Asahidake to Chu-betsu

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)

Day 3: From Chu-betsu to Tomuraushi

Tomuraushi is a very famous mountain in Hokkaido. We will stay at night on the Minaminuma camp. (tent)

Day 4: From Minaminuma to Higashi-taisetsu-sou

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.


About the guide

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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Prices per person

Group of 1

JPY 223712 each

Group of 2

JPY 118557 each

Group of 3

JPY 84537 each

Group of 4

JPY 77320 each

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Price includes

• Guiding fee

• Mountain guide's expenses (lifts, meals, accommodation, etc)

• Meals: Breakfast, Dinner


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