Experience the ultimate Japanese adventure with Wataru, JMGA-certified guide, on this challenging Shiretoko Cape 4 day guided trek in the island of Hokkaido!
Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep
Shiretoko National Park in eastern Hokkaido is one of the most beautiful and unspoiled areas of Japan. Join me on this 4-day guided trek and discover this Japanese hidden treasure!
Home to a variety of wildlife, including foxes, deers and brown bears Shiretoko National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2005. In fact, it is known for having one of the world’s most densely packed brown bear populations. The area is also famous for its flora and fauna, including some endangered and rare species.
The starting point of our trek will be Sapporo, the largest city in the northern island of Hokkaido. From there, we’ll transfer in my big van to Shiretoko. I also strongly recommend you take an extra day to rest and prepare for this challenging trek. During the days to come, I will guide you through the spectacular Shiretoko Cape where every day we’ll walk approximately 10 kilometers and set camp every night in a new location.
Because this is a challenging trek, you will need previous mountaineering experience. It is also essential that you have a good fitness level. Of course, I will be there to help and guide you on the wa.
Are you ready to experience the Shiretoko wilderness? If you are interested, send me a request and get ready to explore the wonders of this Japanese paradise!
If you are looking for more unforgettable experiences in Japan, you can also join me on these backcountry snowboarding trips in Sapporo.
- Guiding fee
Not included in the price: car fuel, lift tickets, accommodation, onsen-fee and guide expenses (accommodation, lift ticket, meals).
We will transfer from Sapporo to Shiretoko with my van.
Duration is 8-10h.
We will trek 10 km and it will take us 10 hrs approximately.
Rest in a tent.
We will continue walking 10 more km, that will also take us 10 hrs.
Rest in a tent.
From the tent site we’ll return by boat and it will take us 2 hours.
If the ocean is rough, we’ll walk back which will take us 10 hours. Furthermore, it takes 8-10 h by car to Sapporo.
In a tent
I am a Japan Mountain Guides Association (JMGA) mountain and ski guide, born and raised in Sapporo. I have been an avid traveller all my life, starting as a hitchhiker as a primary school child and travelled around 40 different countries in the world since then, including South America (Aconcagua and Andes), USA (Denali), Greenland etc. I have been involved with the JMGA for about 18 years now, guiding in the mountains both in the summer and in the winter on skis. I am a board member of Hokkaido Mountain Guides Association (HMGA). I also have an experience as a field guide in Antarctica between 2011 and 2013 as a part of the Japanese Antarctic Research Expedition. Since my return from Antarctica, I have been running my own guesthouse and a bar, SappoLodge, which is located at the heart of Sapporo, Hokkaido. It has approximately 30 beds and is always filled with travelers from all over the world. I am happy to be able to guide these diverse and curious visitors in the nature around Hokkaido.
My main field of guiding is in the backcountry all around Hokkaido in the winter. My choice of toy in riding the pow is a snowboard but depending on the type of guests I’m happy riding on my skis too. In the summer, I enjoy guiding in the mountains (climbing and grand traverses), sea-kayaking and canoeing in the river or lake. I full heartedly recommend these fun activities to explore the nature of Hokkaido too!
Get in touch with me if you’d like to enjoy the nature of Hokkaido with me!
I had a fabulous trip. Wataru Nara is a highly experienced guide and we were in good hands (a hiker from another group had to be rescued by helicopter while we were climbing down from the traverse – making us realize how dangerous these mountains can be). I could never have done the hike on my own. The scenery was breath taking, we saw deer, a fox and a bear. It was one of the best hikes I’ve ever done. The other hikers were also good company. Since there were four paying hikers, the final cost was very reasonable. I am very satisfied with this experience and look forward to my next hike.
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