Mount Rishiri, Hokkaido, One day Guided Traverse

Join JMGA certified guide Toshiya for a full day traverse of the beautiful Mount Rishiri off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan, utilising 2 different routes.




Trip Duration

1 day

People per Guide

4 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Not specified



    Mount Rishiri (1,721m) is a beautiful volcano to behold, and when you see it rising high from the centre of the island bearing its name, it is not difficult to see why.

    This Japanese wonder is one of the country’s 100 most famous peaks. The island where it proudly stands is located off the coast of Hokkaido. And while it may appear to be an isolated location, it is actually quite accessible from the mainland.

    There are different routes a person can take both ascending and descending this wonderful peak. And due to the varied routes we will take, this trip to the summit of Mount Rishiri will be more challenging than the more conventional round trip Oshidomari route. As a result, participants on this trip should be physically fit, and have some previous hiking experience. However, because this trip is more challenging, the rewards are even greater!

    You will get to enjoy some spectacular views during the nearly 12 hour hike. And on the summit, you will get to admire the faces of Candle rock and the the Senpoushi ridge. However, it will be during the descend along the much lesser used Kutsugata route where you will really get to see some glorious scenery. This route is very quiet, has an abundance of lovely alpine flowers, and offers a number of variations. Thus making it a wonderful way to end this amazing adventure.

    Mount Rishiri is a magnificent peak that offers a memorable experience for anybody who wants to hike to its summit. And on this trip, I want to present you with a more challenging way to the top. So if you would like to join me, please send me a request.

    I can also lead you to the summit of Mount Rishiri along the more traditional route on this one day hike.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    59400 JPY

    Group of 2
    29700 JPY

    Group of 3
    21384 JPY

    Group of 4
    16632 JPY

    Group of 5
    21384 JPY

    Group of 6
    17820 JPY

    Group of 7
    15274 JPY

    Group of 8
    13365 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee
    • Transport during the trip

    Other details

    Skill level required


    Fitness level required


    Meeting point

    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.


    There are several hotels where you can stay in the Oshidomari area of the island.

    More info

    This traverse can be changed or cancelled due to weather conditions or other unforeseen events. The tour guide may change from Toshiya Watanabe to another equally qualified JMGA certified guide. Also, when there are more than 4 participants in a group, an additional guide will be present.

    Participants should bring with them the following items: hiking clothing and shoes, Rain wear, portable toilet, drinking water, gloves or army cotton gloves, hat or cap, sunscreen, towel, change of clothes, backpack (25 to 40L), head light for emergency use after dark, personal first aid kit, trash bag, snacks.


    About the Guide


    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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    What People are Saying about Toshiya Watanabe


    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!
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    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.
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    Chris Pierce
    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!!
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    Paul Johnston
    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.
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    Bruce Barnett

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