Toshiya, a JMGA mountain guide living in Rishiri, takes you on a 1-day hiking trip to this remote island in the north-west of Hokkaido to admire alpine flowers in bloom.
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Open to everyone
Rishiri, a small volcanic island located almost 20 km off Hokkaido’s north-west coast, has a unique variety of alpine flowers. Do you want to visit this flower heaven?
This 1-day hiking tour is an amazing opportunity for flower lovers traveling to Japan.
In April, when snow starts melting, the season of flowers begins and it lasts until September. From the coast and up to Mount Rishiri —located at the heart of the island—, you’ll be able to admire a hundreds of flowers.
Rebun Island, Rishiri’s neighbor island, is another great spot to observe them.
Every week there’s a flower variation, so you depending when you get there you’ll see a different place.
Because of this, the tour route will also change every day. I will decide the best places to take you based on the seasonal flowers.
You can join this tour in the morning or in the afternoon. We’ll be hiking for two hours, and the whole trip will take between 3-4 hours.
Let’s explore together the beautiful flower scenery of this Japanese island. Send a request to book this hiking trip!
If you’d like to combine this trip with another adventure in Rishiri island, take a look at this overnight climbing trip in Mount Rishiri.
- Guiding fee
This tour can be guided by me or one of my partners.
You can fly from Sapporo's Okazu Airport to Rishiri Airport or from Haneda Airport to Wakkanai Airport, where you can come to Rishiri Island by ferry from Wakkanai. If you come by ferry we'll be able to pick you up at the ferry terminal for free.
I was born on the island of Rishiri in 1969. I still live here today! Since my childhood, I have spent most of my time in the sea, going fishing, and in the mountain going skiing. I’m a ski guide (level 2) from the Japanese Mountain Guide Association. I’m the only one on the island. I have reached the summit of Rishiri more than 500 times… It’s my great pleasure to guide here and let people from all around the world discover this beautiful island all year round. Please feel free to get in touch with me if you are looking for a local expert to guide you in Rishiri. Besides mountain guiding, I'm managing a family hostel here so I can help you with the accommodation as well.
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We had a great trip, no powder but fabulous Spring ski, thanks to Toshiya who is super friendly and excellent at picking the right route according to the weather especially in windy conditions. Thanks a lot
Outstanding service in pension and guiding.
Had a great time on Rishiri with Toshi. He really knows how to make the best out of all weather conditions. Had some of the best skiing of my life, plus the food was great!
If it were possibke to award 100 Stars I would !
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Toshi is world class from pick-up to drop-off. Very friendly, very professional and he knows Rishiri inside out. His guest house is outstanding and the food they serve like nowhere else. Will be back very soon!
Toshi and his crew gave us a truly remarkable experience! From the food to the accommodations to the epic skiing: this trip was out of this world!
Toshi and his staff are great! Very knowledgeable of the local terrain. Definitely recommend bringing a group of people with similar abilities and objectives. If you end up in a mixed group they do their best, but they have to slow the pace to the least experienced people in the group. The accommodations at the pension were very comfortable and the staff was excellent as well. Food was fantastic, including several unique and authentic Japanese dishes.
We had a great trip to Rishiri! The snow gods were not on our side but Rishiri is a mountain of many slopes and aspects and thanks to a great guiding team we always managed to find good snow! Toshi ran a great operation with 3 other guides which meant we were split into two groups with a max of 9 per group and two guides. This allowed the group to be split even further on the day... Special thanks to Shohei and Kosukei - very professional guides!! Arigatou-gozaimashita!!
I recommend this trip for any backcountry skier who likes to ski Japan powder. Toshi has a great set up with snow mobiles for initial access and a large variety of steeper terrain for skinning up and skiing down. Can suit a range of wind directions and conditions. The accommodation is new and comfortable and the Japanese dinners and breakfasts are great if you like seafood. There is also an onsen there. Unfortunately we were there at a time when there was no new snow however this was compensated for with the magnificent views we had if Rishiri mountain and surrounding islands.
I can not rate Toshiya because he was not our guide. Our experience was marred by a void of communication prior to the trip. We never recieved email or other communication prior to our trip, despite frequent requests. Simple questions like, "Do we need crampons?" were unanswered. The day before our arrival, we called Toshiya (whos phone number was being withheld). He was unaware of what day we were visiting, he did not know how many days or how many people in our group.
English very limited. But otherwise the experience, the accommodation, the snow, the place and the guide were truly amazing!
Toshi and his team are fantastic - great guiding and accom, and Rishiri has some amazing terrain for backcountry ski/snowboarding.
One of the best trips I have ever done. One of the most beautiful places I have visited in Japan and the rest of the world. Toshi is an exceptional guide, is an expert on the islands skiing and has a fantastic set up including accomodation. His pension is perfect for daily excursions into the backcountry. I cannot recommend this trip enough except that I don't want eveyone else to know about this very special place.
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