People per Guide
Jun, Jul, Aug
Type of Trip
Join me on a 4-day hiking trip around Shiretoko National Park, one of the last unspoiled natural areas in Japan.
This national park is located in the Shiretoko Peninsula, in the easternmost side of the island of Hokkaido, out into the Sea of Okhotsk.
Surrounded by lakes and waterfalls, this wild area offers many attractive trails for hikers.
We’ll hike for 4 days and spend the nights in a tent (you can check the details of the itinerary below this description).
I really enjoy taking clients to this place because you can enjoy stunning views, which are even more beautiful during sunrise and sunset! One side of the trail leads to Okhotsk Sea, while the other side leaves you in front of Kunashiri island.
The fact that this Shiretoko is an almost unexplored region in Japan is definitely another highlight. You really feel at the end of the earth! And there’s also the chance of observing local fauna, like bears and foxes.
Furthermore, there are beautiful flowers in the area that you can see between the end of June and the end of August, the best time to visit this area.
Please contact me if you want to come on a private guiding hike to Shiretoko! I can assure you it will be a unique experience.
You can also join an existing group at a fixed date to Shiretoko.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
- Half-board meals during trip
- Transport during the trip
- Mountain guide's expenses
What happens if I need to cancel the trip?
If you decide to cancel, you’ll get a 100% refund (minus fees) if the cancellation is notified up to 60 days before the start of the tour, a 75% refund (minus fees) if you cancel between 59 and 30 days before the start of the tour, and a 50% refund if you cancel between 29 and 21 days before the start of the tour. If you cancel less than 21 days before the first day of the tour, you won’t receive a refund. Take into account, however, that if accommodation, flights or transfers were included in the trip you booked, then a different policy may apply as the guide will be bound by the provider’s cancellation policy.
What happens if the guide cancels the trip because of bad weather/unsuitable conditions?
If bad weather or unsuitable conditions force the guide to cancel the trip, he or she will: a) propose a similar activity at a different place where conditions are better, or b) propose to postpone the activity until a later date, or c) cancel. If you refuse option a), our cancellation policy will apply. Please note, however, that the call to cancel a trip due to bad weather can only be made by the guide (not the client).
What happens if the guide doesn’t show up or cancels for personal reasons?
If the guide cancels for reason of injury or other, you will get a 100% refund on your trip.
From Sapporo to Shiretoko
We will meet at North Exit, Sapporo Station at 7:00 a.m. Or, pick up at your hotel at 6:30 a.m. or meet at Memanbetsu Airport at 1:00 p.m.
From Sapporo station, we will go forward to Kitami area and have lunch. After that, we will stop at Memanbetsu Airport. We will drive to Shiretoko and stay overnight at Kinoshita Mountain Hut. In that lodge, the guide will provide supper for the tour members.
From Shiretoko to Rausu-dake
The hike-up to the summit of Rausu-dake will take us about 4-5 hours. Then, we will set up our tents at Mitsumine camp site around 1 hour from the summit. (tent)
From Mistumine to Iouzan
This is the longest day of the tour. We will be walking about 8 hours passing through beautiful landscapes. At night, we will stay at Iouzan camp site. (tent)
From Iouzan to Shiretoko
We will hike to Shiretoko and drive back to Sapporo.
-Kinoshita Mountain Hut (1 night)
-Tent (2 nights)
Required Fitness Level:
You need to have good strength for 8-9 hours hike-up in a day.
Total walking hours: Day 2: 7 hours, Day 3: 8-9 hours, Day 4: 6-7 hours.
It is a moderate trekking course, but the traverse route from Rausudake to Ioudake has a lot of ups and downs. No advanced technical skills are needed, but the participants need to have good fitness enough to walk whole day carrying their bags (approximately 7kg-10kg).
In Hokkaido, the temperature might be under 10℃ even at lower mountains. When the weather condition is bad, it could be as low as -10℃ even in the summer time. Usually, in the early summer, the temperature is around 20℃～23℃ in July. Morning and evening is getting cooler at the camp site. Please bring your warm clothes.
Excluded from Price:
-Rausu Kinoshita Mountain Hut accommodation fee
-Lunch and Snack
-Meals after descending the mountain
-Onsen (hot spring) fee
-If you have items that you do not want to carry during hike, you can leave them in my car. My car will be transferred from the trailhead to Shimo-Yamaguchi.
-I will provide you light meals for your breakfast and supper. And, you will have drinking water every day.
-If you are flying to Memanbetsu Airport, please book your flight arriving at the airport before 7:00 p.m., and departure from same airport after 4:00 p.m.
About the Guide
JMGA Mountain Guide
I was born in Kitami city in east Hokkaido. I grew up loving outdoor sports, skiing, and mountain climbing. I now lives in Sapporo and I have been a guide for the last 15 years.
I have accumulated vast experience in mountaineering in both Japan and abroad. I have served on the Canadian Ski Patrol and I have a wealth of experience skiing, rock climbing, and mountain climbing all over the world including Europe, North America, and Nepal.
I pride myself on my skill and experience rock climbing during the summer and backcountry skiing in the winter months. I have climbed Mt. McKinley in the U.S., Mt. Manaslu and Mt. Ama-Dablam, in Nepal, The Matterhorn, Mont Blanc, Chamonix, in Europe and Insubong in Korea.
Please contact me if you want to experience Japan walking, climbing or skiing! I will be very happy to guide you here.
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