Rishiri Island, Japan, Guided Hiking Tour

Toshiya, an JMGA certified guide, wants to take you on a 1 day hike so you can explore the amazing Rishiri Island off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

1 day

People per Guide

7 people

Trip Level

Easy

Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    The beautiful  Rishiri island, located off the coast of Hokkaido, Japan is a marvellous place visit. It is a small island, yet despite its small size it is absolutely full of gorgeous scenery. Thus making it the perfect place to enjoy a day long hiking tour.

    While it could be easy to rent a car and see the entirety of the island in a few short hours, on this hiking tour, you will have the chance to thoroughly immerse yourself in it. You will have the opportunity to not only see, but to also learn and enjoy the lush, vibrant Rishiri island.

    The trip will begin at approximately 8:30 am. We will meet at the Maruzen Inn. After the group is gathered, every participant will have to fill out the appropriate registration forms. After that, we will begin the wonderful hiking tour.

    The first highlight of this hike is the Rishiri island’s virgin forest. Within the forest, I will take you to a special location that has an abundance of gorgeous alpine flowers. Midway through the trip, we will stop for a delicious and healthy lunch. Afterwards, we will continue exploring the island, passing by and enjoying 2 wonderful and famous springs. You will also have the chance to observe the island’s wildlife, and enjoy some truly memorable views of the island’s landscape, including Mount Rishiri, before the hike ends at approximately 5:00 pm.

    The pace of the trip is easy and comfortable. Hence making it perfect for hiking beginners. So if you want to leisurely enjoy the Rishiri island in a way that you can really take in the beauty it possesses, then this day long hike is for you. Just send me a request, and I’ll be happy to guide you.

    I can also guide you to the summit of Mount Rishiri on this day long hiking trip as well.

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    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    38000 JPY

    Group of 2
    20000 JPY

    Group of 3
    14000 JPY

    Group of 4
    14000 JPY

    Group of 5
    14000 JPY

    Group of 6
    14000 JPY

    Group of 7
    14000 JPY

     

    Price includes

     
    • Guiding fee
     

    Other details

     
    Skill level required

    Beginner

    Fitness level required

    Occasional

    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.

    Accommodation

    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, an empty water bottle that can be filled and refilled with fresh water, hat or cap, sunscreen, snacks, camera, pen and notepad in case you wish to take notes during the journey.

     

    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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