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Hiking in the north forest of Lake Akan, Hokkaido

Hiking in the north forest of Lake Akan, Hokkaido | Japan

Join a certified mountain guide for a 1-day hiking in the north part of Lake Akan enjoying the beautiful forests of Hokkaido.

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1 Day

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep


I invite you to a hiking day in the north part of Lake Akan, traversing along the beautiful deep forests of this area in Hokkaido, Japan.

This lake, inside Akan National Park was born as a result of volcanic activity. It lies close to the beautiful peaks of Mount Oakan and Mount Meakan. Because of its incredible pure water, Lake Akan is the home of marimo, an unusual algae with the form of green balls.

In the north part of the lake there’s a large primeval forest. During this trip, we’ll go hiking along Akan River, which means ‘river that has plentiful foods’ in Ainu (Ainu is the indigenous people in Hokkaido). You’ll be able to feel the energy radiating from the ancient forest!

You can also find a lot of acorn during your hike and even see some wild animals. As this is a restricted area, you’ll need to be with a forest guide.

The total walking time will be around 6 hours.

Are you planning a trip to Japan? Please contact me if you want to spend a beautiful journey discovering the natural surroundings of Hokkaido. I’m a JMGA mountain guide and I’ll be glad to take you there!

Price includes

- Guiding fee


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Equipment list: -Rain wear -Comfortable clothes for walking (long sleeve shirt & long pants recommended) -Trekking shoes or Sneakers (comfortable shoes) -Drink Hat/Cap -Others (for personal needs)

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