Half-day trekking in Mount Pon in Rishiri, Hokkaido

Join Toshiya, a JMGA mountain guide, on a half-day trek among nature in Mount Pon, a small hill in the remote Japanese island of Rishiri.

 
 

Details

 

Trip Duration

1/2 day

People per Guide

7 people

Trip Level

Easy

Offer Period

Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep

Type of Trip

Not specified

Highlights

 
     

    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.

    Show more

    Price per person

     
    Group of 1
    16632 JPY

    Group of 2
    8316 JPY

    Group of 3
    7128 JPY

    Group of 4
    5940 JPY

    Group of 5
    4752 JPY

    Group of 6
    4752 JPY

    Group of 7
    4752 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.

    <br>

    What to bring:

    <br>

    - 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.

     
     

    NEW

      Need help deciding?

     


     

     

    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!
    Read review

     

    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.
    Read review
    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!!
    Read review
    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.
    Read review
    Bruce Barnett
     

    Join our Newsletter

    Stay up-to-date on the best adventures!

    We use our own and third-party cookies to improve your experience and our services, and to analyse the use of our webiste. By navigating the site, you agree to the use of cookies to collect information.