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Rishiri 1-day trek to Mount Pon and Hime-numa

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Enjoy a 1-day trek in the virgin forests of Rishiri island, visiting Mount Pon and Hime-numa sacred lake together with Toshiya, a JMGA mountain guide.

1 Day

Jun - Sep



Rishiri is one of the northernmost islands of Japan. On this trip, I’ll take you on a trekking tour to enjoy its natural beauty!

We will walk to the summit of Mount Pon (444 m) —a small peak right behind Mount Rishiri— and visit the sacred lake of Hime-numa, a wonderful place surrounded by virgin forests.

This is a great trip for nature lovers. You’ll have the chance of feeling the power of life in Rishiri island: fresh water, alpine seasonal flowers —which are very popular in this area— and wild birds will be part of the journey.

Our starting point will be Maruzen Inn, Reramosir. After a short stop at Hokuroku Camp we’ll start walking towards the top of Mount Pon. After walking about 10-min, we will have a break at Kanrosen (Nector or tasty water fountain) and fill up our water bottles.

At the top of Mount Pon, an impressive 360 degree panoramic view will be awaiting us (only if there’s a good weather). After having a break and taking many photos, we will restart our tour to Hime-numa. After exploring the deep forests, we’ll have a ride to go back to Oshidomari. If you leave on this area, I can take you to your hotel.

For this trip, you’ll need to be fit to walk for 3 hours. The total trip will take between 4-5 hours.

Ready for a nice trekking tour in the remote island of Rishiri? Send a request to book this trip!

If you are looking for other trips in this Japanese island, you can consider this 1-day trekking in Yamu-Nai stream.

Price includes

- Guiding fee


More info

This tour can be guided by me or one of my partners.
What to bring:

  • Clothes and Shoes for easy mountain climbing
  • Backpack
  • Trekking shoes
  • Rain wear (both tops and bottoms)
  • Hat/Cap
  • Empty Water bottle for filling up fresh water at the spring in the mountain
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
  • Pen and note (option for alpine flower observation)

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.

About the guide

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Ski 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


We had an amazing experience on Rishiri, perfect snow, good weather and a guide who knows the island like his pocket. The very steep slopes and the overwhelming nature satisfied every wish we had.  We have been looking for a guided tour avoiding the normal tracks on Hokkaido and then saw the pictures of the floating mountain. And definitively the adventure included.  We went to the southern part of the island, as Toshi-san knew that there would be the best snow conditions. The first 5km we have been toed in by a snow mobile and then climbed up a several times, riding different gullies each time. Toshi-san is an amazing person, always happy, friendly and very welcoming. As said before, he knows every bit of the island and guided accordingly bringing us to breathtaking places. We all would and will totally recommend him to friends visiting Japan. The reality was much better than expectations! We had some concerns regarding the weather conditions and difficulty but got lucky with the weather and never felt that Toshi chose a route too difficult. Rishiri is a floating mountain! Steep like in the Swiss alps, but just one single mountain, which makes the it much more imposant. On the sunny day, we could see the Sibirian mainland. What are your top 3 memories during the trip ?  Riding very steep slopes in perfect snow, Toshi-san with his warm and welcoming attitude, and the travel to get there and back


Our two guides have been really great and showed us the beauty of Rishiri and Rebun Island by sharing their knowledge and passion. We did learn a lot about the flora on Japan's most Northern islands! Rishiri-Zan was a great, pleasant summer hike and must be beautiful and fun for ski touring in Winter time. thanks again!



We had a great trip, no powder but fabulous Spring ski, thanks to Toshiya who is super friendly and excellent at picking the right route according to the weather especially in windy conditions. Thanks a lot



Outstanding service in pension and guiding.



Had a great time on Rishiri with Toshi. He really knows how to make the best out of all weather conditions. Had some of the best skiing of my life, plus the food was great!

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