People per Guide
Jun, Jul, Aug
Type of Trip
Tour Dates: July 13rd – July 16th , 2017
Shiretoko National Park is another Japanese wonder which offers a fantastic hiking experience in a very natural and untouched environment of Hokkaido.
The park is located on a peninsula at the northeastern side of the island.
This is why I particularly enjoy this hike:
- The stunning views of the mountains but also of the Okhotsk Sea on one side and the Kunashiri island on the other side of the trail. Sunrise and sunset there are just incredible!
- The fauna (like bears and foxes) and flora we can encounter;
- Its wild atmosphere. We feel like at the end of the earth in the park!
We will trek for 4 days and stay overnight in a tent. You can find the complete program below.
I will organize groups up to 8 people. In case we are more than 5, an assistant will join us to help us carrying the tent and the food.
The best period to visit this place is from end of June till end of August.
This is the fixed group tour that will be take place July 13-16, 2017. As it is not a private tour, the participants will join other members of the tour. It is a great opportunity to meet new people who share the same interest and passion in nature as you. It will also be great to make local Japanese friends!
Please feel free to contact me to find out if there is space available.
I also organize other trips during this season, like this hiking tour in Daisetsuzan. Or, if you would prefer a private tour, then please refer to my other tour.
Required Technical Level:
Required Fitness Level:
Need to have good strength for 8-9 hours hike-up in a day.
Total walking hours will be Day2: 7 hours, Day3: 8-9 hours, Day4: 6-7 hours. It is a moderate trekking course, but the traverse route from Rausudake to Ioudake has a lot of ups and downs. No advanced technical skills are needed, but the participants need to have good fitness enough to walk whole day 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 could be as low as -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:
- Rausu Kinoshita Mountain Hut accommodation fee
- 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 in my car. My car will be transferred from the trailhead to Shimo-Yamaguchi.
- I 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.
- If you are flying to Memanbetsu Airport, please book your flight arriving at the airport before 7:00 p.m., and departure from same airport after 4:00 p.m.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- Half-board meals during trip
- Mountain guide's expenses
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.
From Sapporo to Shiretoko
We will meet at North Exit, Sapporo Station at 7:00 a.m. Or, pick up at your hotel at 6:30 a.m. or meet at Memanbetsu Airport at 1:00 p.m.
From Sapporo station, we will go forward to Kitami area and have lunch. After that, we will stop at Memanbetsu Airport. We will drive to Shiretoko and stay overnight at Kinoshita Mountain Hut. In that lodge, the guide will provide supper for the tour members.
From Shiretoko to Rausu-dake
The hike-up to the summit of Rausu-dake will take us about 4-5 hours. Then, we will set up our tents at Mitsumine camp site around 1 hour from the summit. (tent)
From Mistumine to Iouzan
This is the longest day of the tour. We will be walking about 8 hours passing through beautiful landscapes. At night, we will stay at Iouzan camp site. (tent)
From Iouzan to Shiretoko
We will hike to Shiretoko and drive back to Sapporo.
– Backpack (40-50 liters)
– Rain wear, warm fleece jacket or thin warm jacket
– Sleeping bag (3 seasons: -5° tp 15°)
– Camping mattress
– Cup and dish
– Bottle of water
It is also possible for you to borrow some of the bigger equipment from me, so let me know if you need any!
– Sleeping bag at JPY 1,000 per day
– Back pack at JPY 1,000 per day
– cup/bottle/head torch at JPY 500 each per day
There is also an online gear rental shop called Yamarent, where you can hire trekking shoes and clothes in addition to gears. Once you reserve your items, they will deliver the items to your accommodation in Japan or you can collect and fit the gears at 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.
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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