Jun, Jul, Aug
This full day hiking adventure revolves around a single, simple idea, and that’s enjoying a beautiful hike in a beautiful place. That beautiful hike is to the top of the majestic Mount Rishiri (1,721m), while that beautiful place is the Rishiri Island.
Located off the coast of Hokkaido in northern Japan, this small island appears like a gorgeous painting from afar. And the main highlight of the whole island is the stunning volcano that looks so similar to the famed Mount Fuji (3,776m), that it is sometimes called Rishiri Fuji. This mighty peak rests like a king in the centre of the small island, and to reach its summit is to enjoy an unforgettable view that includes a panoramic perspective of the ocean from all sides.
This hike will take approximately 12 hours. As a result, participants should be in good enough physical shape for a hike of that length of time. Furthermore, because of the time, the trip will begin very early. The start times are 4:00 am in June and July, and 4:30 am in August.
Before we start the hike, we will spend some time warming up. After that, we will make our way up the mountain. We will stop at several stations along the way. And when we get to the summit of Mount Rishiri, you will be given time for pictures and admiration. And finally, when you’ve had enough of the great views, we will descend back to the trail’s entrance, where the guide will take you back to your hotel.
This hiking tour of Mount Rishiri is a great experience that you won’t forget. The alpine flowers are stunning, and there is even a hidden area that I can take you too that only local guides know about. So if you would like to join me, please send me a request.
I can also lead you an overnight hike to the summit of Mount Rishiri if you’re interested.
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.
This tour 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.
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.
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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