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1 day hiking in Daisetsuzan on Asahidake and Kurodake


A JMGA mountain guide takes you on a hiking day on Kurodake and Asahidake in Daisetsuzan National Park, enjoying the views of a volcanic crater and beautiful alpine plants.



1 Day

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep




  • Reach the highest mountain on the island of Hokkaido.
  • Contemplate dazzling views of the mountains.
  • Discover wide variety of alpine plants during the trek.


If you want to enjoy Daisetsuzan area but you only have 1 day, this program is for you!

Lying in the center of Hokkaido, Daisetsuzan has the largest primitive natural environment in Japan.

I’ll take you to Kurodake (1,984 m) and Asahidake (the highest mountain on the island of Hokkaido, at 2,291 m). It will be a great hiking experience, enjoying the beautiful landscapes of this area.

The most exciting point of this hiking is its geographic view point. Kurodake and Asahidake are both active volcanoes, so a volcanic crater will welcome you at the peak of each of them. Also, a wide variety of alpine plants will please you during the trekking.

This one of the most popular and my favorite hiking tour in Daisetsuzan. Please contact me if you want to join me!

Looking for a longer option? Check out this 3-day program that I lead in the area.

Price includes

- Guiding fee

- Mountain guide expenses

Price details

Lift fees are not included in the price.


Day 1: Kurodake and Asahidake Hike

We will start our tour from Kurodake Ropeway. We will hike up to the top of Kurodake (1,984 m), then move to Asahidake (2,291 m). Asahidake is the highest mountain in Hokkaido. After hiking, you will enjoy Asahikawa Onsen (hot spring). Also, this route may be done in reverse upon your request.



More info

Required technical level: Altitude difference: approximately 1,000 m

Required fitness level: Need to have good strength for 8 hours of hike in a day.

Equipment you will need to bring


Watter bottle

Other gear: Trekking shoes, fleece sweater, rain jacket, rain trouser, snacks, lunch.

About the guide

I wish you a very warm welcome from Hokkaido, the north island of Japan. The dream spot for any fan of powder skiing!
I'm Jun, I'm a JMGA (Japan Mountain Guides Association) mountain and ski guide. I'm also a ski and telemark instructor. I graduated from the Hokkaido University. I have been skiing all around Hokkaido and I know every corner of this incredible island. I'm also an expert in avalanche safety management.
I'm guiding my friends and clients in all the most beautiful places of Hokkaido: Shiretoko (UNESCO World Nature Heritage), Daisetsuzan National Park, Rishiri, Niseko, Yotei volcano, Asahikawa... hiking, skiing and mountaineering.
Have a look to the different tours I propose to have more info on what you can experience here and get in touch with me. I will be very happy to help you organising your trip and guide you in our beautiful mountains. I'm also the director of the Hokkaido Mountain Guides Association (HMGA) which includes around 84 guides.


Japanese | English




Sapporo - Hokkaido

What people are saying about Jun Ishiguro

Alan Thomas


January, 2022

Jun is an outstanding guide, a true expert in his field. He was attentive to our needs and desires and very ably provided us with a fantastic experience skiing in the Asahikawa area backcountry. I will book other trips with him and highly recommend him to others!

Emil Rakadjiev


February, 2021

We had a fantastic and unforgettable trip to the top of Mt. Yotei with Jun-san. He was very friendly, helpful and also flexible. Hope to do another trip with him soon!

Ruby Du


September, 2019

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Maria Grazia Messina


September, 2019

Excellent professional guide and wonderful scenery

Ting Yong Tan


August, 2019

The weather was perfect and I trekked according to my plan. Guide Jun is patient and knowledgeable.

Barry Mckillop


March, 2019

Amazing experience. Took 5hrs to summit. Cloudy and little wind made it easier. Skies opened up 100M from the top. We summited and then we skied fresh powder into the crater. Well worth it.

Weiie Lee


October, 2018

We had an excellent time hiking up to the summit of Mt Kurodake. Jun gave us a good intro to the flora and fauna on the way up and regaled us with stories all the way up. He set a pace suitable for us and ensured our safety throughout. Jun comes highly recommended!

Gadi Shkolnik


September, 2018

The trip was great. The views are extrodinary.

Stefan Janisch


March, 2018

Wow what a Tour! Jun guided us perfectly, we made it to the top of yotei. An Incredible experience!



March, 2018

Jun Is An excellent and cheerful guide who will help you find the skiing you want what ever your level



February, 2018

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Jenna Shlachter


February, 2018

Jun was an excellent guide! He took us to some fantastic tree skiing on Yotei and we got to do a few laps since the weather did not allow us to summit. We had a really great trip and would highly recommend Jun as a guide.

Kenton Beerman


August, 2017

Jun did an incredible job guiding us through Daisetsuzan National Park. He was attentive, friendly and courteous. His knowledge of the local flora, fauna, and landscape was superb (that rock garden in particular left a deep impression on me). His cooking was superb. And, we felt like we experienced aspects of the Japanese outdoors and Japanese culture that are very hard to reach.



August, 2017

Jun did an incredible job guiding us through Daisetsuzan National Park. He was attentive, friendly and courteous. His knowledge of the local flora, fauna, and landscape was superb (that rock garden in particular left a deep impression on me). His cooking was superb. And, we felt like we experienced aspects of the Japanese outdoors and culture that are very hard to reach. Andy and I had a phenomenal time.

Philipp Vogt


June, 2017

It was a great experience and with Jun we had a fabulous guide. We hope he will be a guide for much longer to join him again. Thanks a lot Jun, どもありがとうございます


October, 2016

Jun is a responsible and reliable guide. He is also knowledgeable on the local flora and fauna and managed to show us quite a few interesting alpine flowers, birds and animals. He is kind and helpful and converses well in English. I will not hesitate to recommend him to any anyone needing an English speaking guide in Japan.



November, 2015

Thanks to www.explore-share.com, we added a hiking to Mount Fuji to our trip in Japan. We found Jun, our guide through explore-share and had a great time going to the top of Mount Fuji and then hiking in Hakone. This was a clear highlight of our all trip and we would not have done it if explore-share had not facilitated finding a guide like they did.



February, 2015

Really enjoyed the experience of skiing in Hokkaido. Loved the Onsens after the skiing and for me the highlight of the trip was staying in the Riokan for 4 nights and being able to ski in and out of our delightful lodging. Jun was truly adorable and extremely competent. Always good natured and ready to help and make our stay enjoyable. Unfortunately my japanese is limited but Jun made a great effort to communicate in English and made himself understood. A great trip and a big thank you to Jun who organised everything smoothly with no stress.

Franco & Susie


February, 2015

A discovery of a new country, a very nice guide, very different food - with all the trimmings! The transfers in mini bus are longer than we are used to. As an older couple, some of the days are a bit too long. But the choice of 3 different ski areas, many onsens (hot bathes) after each ski day, and the willingness of Jun to accommodate our wishes helped us to fully enjoy this experience. One person had the flu, and that hampered our style a bit, otherwise, a fun experience! An incredible light deep snow. Very friendly people. A worthwhile adventure. Take 5 days in Tokyo and Kyoto before, like we did, to overcome jet-lag. Makes it so much nicer!



December, 2014

It was an amazing experience to see the Mt Fuji from different sides and to imagine how the great painter Hokusai got his inspiration! The walking days were never too long and well adjusted to the capacity of the group. The accomodation was very comfortable and the food well adapted to the trekking. Our guide Jun is very professional and make you feeling safe. He was always making sure that everybody is fine and enjoy the journey. I am looking for to go again with Jun in Hokkaido next February for a touring ski tour!



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