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Rishiri —and its neighbor island, Rebun— are Japan’s northernmost islands, lying about 20 km off the coast of Hokkaido. Come and discover Rishiri’s natural scenery on this half-day trek!
I propose to take you to Mount Pon, a small 444 m mountain right behind Mount Rishiri (the main volcano at the center of the island). Pon means ‘little’ in Ainu, the Japanese indigenous peoples’ language.
This is a tour designed for you to observe and listen to the sounds of nature, while walking at a relaxing pace and enjoy talking to each other. In the island, we’ll meet at Maruzen Inn, Reramosir. After a short stop at Hokuroku Camp site, we will start our tour. We’ll be walking on a paved moderate incline trail on the rich forests of Rishiri.
Then, we’ll get to Kanrosen spring (Nector or tasty water fountain) and fill up our water bottles! Up from there, we’ll start walking on a mountain trail.
We’ll be walking for about 1 hour, spending some quiet time in nature and observing the beautiful seasonal alpine flowers. From Mount Pon we’ll enjoy a 360 degree panoramic view (although this may depend on the weather!). The trip will have a total length of 2.5 hours.
Would you like to take a relaxed hike and enjoy the natural beauty of Rishiri island? Send me a request and book this trip!
I can also recommend you other activities in Rishiri and Rebun islands, please check out this 2-day sea kayak tour on Rebun island.
Price per person
- Guiding fee
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.
Meet 8:30 a.m. at Maruzen Inn, Reramosir. If you come by ferry (leave 7:15 at Wakkanai and arrive 8:55 at Oshidomari), it is acceptable.
Meet 1:30 p.m. at Maruzen Inn, Reramosir. If you come by ferry (leave 1:20 at Rebun Island and arrive 2:00 at Oshidomari) it is acceptable.
* This tour can be flexible. When you come by another ferry, please let me know. We might arrange another itinerary.
This tour can be guided by me or one of my partners.
What to bring:
- Clothes and Shoes for easy mountain climbing
- Trekking shoes
- Rain wear (both tops and bottoms)
- Empty Water bottle for filling up fresh water at the spring in the mountain
- 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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