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

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.




Trip Duration

1 day

People per Guide

7 people

Trip Level


Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Not specified



    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.

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    Price per person

    Group of 1
    23760 JPY

    Group of 2
    11880 JPY

    Group of 3
    9504 JPY

    Group of 4
    7128 JPY

    Group of 5
    5940 JPY

    Group of 6
    5940 JPY

    Group of 7
    5940 JPY


    Price includes

    • Guiding fee

    Other details

    Skill level required

    First time

    Fitness level required

    Open to everyone

    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.

    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)


    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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