Mount Rishiri, Japan, Guided Hiking

Come and join JMGA certified guide Toshiya on a wonderful 1 day hike to the top of Mount Rishiri on the beautiful Japanese island that bears the same name.




Trip Duration

1 day

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug

Type of Trip

Not specified



    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.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    47520 JPY

    Group of 2
    23760 JPY

    Group of 3
    17820 JPY

    Group of 4
    14256 JPY

    Group of 5
    11880 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 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.


    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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