Trekking and Climbing on Rebun and Rishiri islands

A guided hike and trek on two remote islands of Rishiri and Rebun in Hokkaido with a certified local mountain guide, Toshiya. Enjoy the views and the flora!

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

2 days

Mountain Range

-

People per Guide

8 people

Trip Level

Easy

Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct

Type of Trip

Private

Highlights

 
  • Reach the summit of one of the most popular peaks in Japan.

  • Discover the secret spots of Mt Rishiri along with a local guide.

  • Discover the beautiful local flora in Mt Rishiri and Rebun island.

 

Come join me for a hiking tour to explore the natural beauties on Rebun island and Rishiri island, located on the northern tip of Hokkaido in Japan! The programme involves a hike to the summit of the volcano, Mt Rishiri (1,719m), and a ‘flower trek‘ on Rebun island.

The Trek is offered from June until October, but it is recommended for you to join before the end of August if your objective is to enjoy the flora.

Mt Rishiri is northernmost “100 famous mountains” in Japan. It is a 10hr hike to the summit and back. You will have flexibilities with summit day depending on the weather, to ensure you’ll have the best possible summiting experience!

If the weather is clear, you will be able to enjoy a 360 panoramic view from the summit of Mt Rishiri (1,719m), and may be able to see Rebun island and Wakkanai beyond the sea that surrounds Rishiri island!

As a local guide, I can take you to secret spots of flora on Mt Rishiri that only local guides know. Also, Rebun island is a rare location, where highland flora can be found at sea level. I will pick the best trekking route, taking into consideration the weather and timing of the year.

Enjoy the flora during its best season from June to August. Rishiri and Rebun islands are located close to each other like twins. They are similar and yet very different, and you can enjoy trekking during the season when their flora is at its peak in June. You have the opportunity to maybe see the rare and endemic species.

Rishiri island is famous for uni (sea urchin) and local seaweed. Make sure you don’t forget to enjoy the local cuisine for dinner!! “Unimeshi-don” served at my pension has won prizes at local rice bowl competitions in the country. Enjoy our Unimeshi-don with ikura (salmon roe) on top!

Are you ready to take part in this trip? All you have to do is send the request and book your place!

Also, Rishiri island is my favorite playground also in the winter, which I cannot recommend more strongly! Join me for a few days of backcountry skiing to explore the winter beauty of Rishiri island!

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Price per person

 
Group of 1
84000 JPY

Group of 2
42000 JPY

Group of 3
33600 JPY

Group of 4
26400 JPY

Group of 5
22800 JPY

Group of 6
19000 JPY

Group of 7
16286 JPY

Group of 8
14250 JPY

 

Price includes

 
  • Guiding fee
 

Itinerary

 
  • Day 0Take a ferry from Wakkanai port the day before to Rishiri island. Overnight stay in Rishiri.

    The itinerary on each day is subject to change, as we will pick the best weather day for the hike to the summit of Mt Rishiri.

    Please ensure you book accommodation for 3 nights. If the hike to Mt Rishiri is on Day 1 then it is necessary for you to be in Rishiri the night before.

  • Day 1Rebun island

    Take a ferry from Rishiri to Rebun island. Enjoy flower trekking on Rebun island and relax at a natural onsen after the trek. Take a ferry back to Rishiri for overnight stay.

  • Day 2Mt Rishiri

    Wake up early and hike to the summit of Mt Rishiri. Overnight stay in Rishiri.

 
 

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

You will stay in my family hostel that I manage. It is equipped with an onsen (hot spring bath) where it is awesome to stay after a day of trekking. You will enjoy delicious home-cooked Japanese food.

More info

Price for 9-20 people group, JPY 138,000 for the group - 1 guide for 1 day and 2 guides for 1 day. For groups over 9 people, you will have me to guide you on Rebun island and I will get another guide to help me guide on Rishiri island.

ACCOMMODATION:

You can stay at my family hostel. Prices start from below. Please get in touch to get more info:

Halfboard - JPY 13,200

Bed & Breakfast only - JPY 9,600

Bed only - JPY 8,400

TRANSPORTATION:

Coming to Rishiri can be done either by flight (45 min) from Sapporo either by ferry (1.40) leaving from Wakkanai.

 

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.

 
 
 


 

 

What People are Saying about Toshiya Watanabe

  • 1 review

 

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!
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Christine
 

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