Follow Yasuko, a JMGA mountain guide, on a 4-day hiking trip to Daisetsuzan. Beautiful mountains and wild life at the largest national park in Japan!
Daisetsuzan (also known as Taisetsuzan) lies in the centre of the island of Hokkaido, in a mountain range that carries the same name.
Among other peaks and volcanoes, you can find the highest mountain in the island: Asahidake (2290 m).
This large unspoiled region is a paradise for hikers and outdoor lovers. Between the end of June and the end of July, it's covered with flowers. Furthermore, there are always great chances of seeing wild animals, like bears and foxes.
The environment is so well preserved that it only takes one day for you to feel totally connected with nature! That's one of the reasons why I love this place so much. Every visit is special and unforgettable.
We'll be hiking for 4 days and camping in tents during night. Mountain huts are usually crowded and I believe camping makes the experience much more valuable! 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 program.
The trail is suitable for all levels and not very steep. Average hiking time per day is 7 hours, including meals and relaxing while admiring the landscapes. You can check the complete itinerary below this description.
Please contact me if you would like to join me on this hiking trip in Daisetsuzan National Park. I'll be glad to show you some of my favorite spots!
You can also consider joining an existing group travelling to Daisetsuzan on a fixed date.
- Guiding fee
- Transport during the trip
- 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.
-If there’s a group of 5 people or more, I will need to arrange an assistant so please ask for 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.
-Required Fitness Level: Need to have good strength for 8-9 hours hike-up in a day. Total walking hours will be Day 1: 4-5 hours, Day 2: 8-9 hours, Day 3: 8-9 hours, Day 4: 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).
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 my car. I will provide you light meals for your breakfast and supper. And, you will have drinking water every day. Please book your flight arriving at Asahikawa Airport before 9:00 a.m., and departure from Shin-Chitose Airport after 7:00 p.m.
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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