All the best hikes

Well, not all of them. I've got a huge backlog of hikes to put up on the site but summer is getting on and I know you're keen to hit the hills. Keep an eye on the site as I'll be adding more and more pretty regularly.

You may notice that I'm going through these alphabetically (with a couple of exceptions). If you're dying to climb Mt. Yubari-dake or something, let me know and I'll hop to it.

Recently posted hikes

13 Dec Rausu-dake & Io-zan

4 Dec Rausu-dake

3 Dec Rakko-dake

North

Piyashiri-yama

Time

4:40

Distance

7 km

Whether out for wild vegetable picking in spring, wildflower viewing in summer, fall leaves, or the deep powder in winter, Piyashiri is a great option for an easy day out in the wilderness.

Rishiri-yama

Time

7:40

Distance

12.5 km

Rishiri is named after the Ainu Ri-shiri, meaning “tall island.” Its striking conic form can be seen from the mainland...

Teshio-dake

Time

6:00

Distance

13 km

A solid day trip, crossing three (or optionally four) peaks and varied terrain, make this a climb of many charms at just about any time of year.

East

Kamuinupuri

Time

5:20

Distance

14.5 km

Kamuinupuri (カムイヌプリ), a mountain sitting on the southeastern shores of the Lake Mashu-ko (摩周湖) caldera, stands fewer than 1000 meters...

Meakan-dake

Time

3:30

Distance

7.5 km

Mt. Meakan-dake (雌阿寒岳, Meakan-dake) is an active volcano standing off to the southwest of Lake Akan (阿寒湖, Akan-ko). It sits...

Musa-dake

Time

3:10

Distance

9 km

Mt. Musa-dake (武佐岳, Musa-dake), a minor peak of the Shiretoko Mountains, sits just south of Mt. Shari-dake (斜⾥里岳, Shari-dake) and...

Nishibetsu-dake

Time

2:30

Distance

6.5 km

A reasonably short, unstrenuous hike with generous views over the Kushiro Plains and the jagged peak of nearby Kamuinupuri.

Oakan-dake

Time

5:10

Distance

11.5 km

The thickly bearded husband of Meakan-dake, Oakan-dake doesn't feature nearly the same geological drama, but is full of quiet charm in its dense forests.

Rausu-dake

Time

8:35

Distance

17.5 km

The seminal Shiretoko hike, Rausu-dake offers a stunning variety of views, a solid danger of running into a bear, and a great jumping-off point for a longer trek across Shiretoko.

Rausu-dake & Io-zan

Time

11:40

Distance

23 km

The quintessential Shiretoko hike, featuring everything from deep, quiet forests to blasted ash-white volcanic craters, and with the threat of an encounter with a bear around every bend.

Daisetsuzan

Aka-dake & Hakuun-dake

Time

7:15

Distance

13 km

The name of Mt. Aka-dake (赤岳, Aka-dake) comes from the Aine ‘fure shuma pet’, meaning ‘red stone river’. It was...

Asahi-dake & Kuro-dake

Time

6:55

Distance

12km

The traverse from Mt. Asahi-dake (旭岳, Asahi-dake), the highest mountain in Hokkaido, across to Mt. Kuro-dake (黒岳, Kuro-dake) is among...

Kamihorokamettoku & Furano-dake

Time

8:00

Distance

13 km

The trail up to Kamihorokamettoku-yama (上ホロカメットク山), which sits between Mt. Tokachi-dake (十勝岳) and Mt. Furano-dake (富良野岳), is marked by the...

Kaun-dake

Time

17:00

Distance

39.5 km

In this guide you’ll climb up from Sounkyo (層雲峡) to the summit of Mt. Kuro-dake (黒岳, Kuro-dake), then make the...

Midori-dake

Time

4:50

Distance

8.5 km

Midori-dake (緑岳), also named Matsuura-dake (松浦岳, after late-Edo Period explorer Matsuura Takeshiro (松浦武四郎)), looms over Daisetsu Kogen Onsen (大雪高原温泉), an...

Muka-yama

Time

4:30

Distance

6.5 km

Mt. Muka-yama (武華山, Muka-yama) is a mountain standing just north of Sekihoku Pass (石北峠, Sekihoku-toge), a mountain pass well known...

Nipesotsu-yama

Time

7:40

Distance

16 km

Here it is. The best climb in Hokkaido. I'm not kidding about that. However: it looks like sometime in 2016,...

Niseikaushuppe-yama

Time

4:40

Distance

11.5 km

Mt. Niseikaushuppe-yama (ニセイカウシュッペ山, Niseikaushuppe-yama) is a mountain in the Northern Daisetsuzan (大雪山), on the right side of Sounkyo (層雲峡) gorge....

Otofuke-yama & Ishikari-dake

Time

11:20

Distance

18 km

An overnight trek round trip covering a couple of the lesser-known Daisetsuzan peaks, with great views over the Daisetsuzan and an abnormally long hiking season. A great option for those looking to get off the beaten paths.

South

Apoi-dake

Time

4:40

Distance

9.5 km

At the southern end of the Hidaka Mountains (日高山脈, Hidaka-sanmyaku), on the shores of the Pacific Ocean, sits the massif...

Ashibetsu-dake

Time

8:40

Distance

14.5km

Rising in the southwest part of the Furano Basin (富良野盆地, Furano-bonchi) is the highest peak in the Yubari Mountains (夕張山地,...

Hakuun-zan

Time

2:40

Distance

5 km

On the southeastern edge of the Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園, Daisetsuzan kokuritsu-kouen) sits Lake Shikaribetsu-ko (然別湖, Shikaribetsu-ko); and on the...

Higashi-nupkaushinupuri

Time

1:45

Distance

2.5 km

Higashi-nupukaushinupuri (東ヌプカウシヌプリ) sits to the southwest of Hokkaido’s highest volcanic lake, Lake Shikaribetu-ko (然別湖). The name is a composite of...

Kamui-dake

Time

4:40

Distance

9.5 km

Kamui-dake (神威岳) is a mountain standing at the headwaters of the Motoura-gawa (元浦川) Naka-no-gawa (中ノ川) Rivers in south-central Hidaka (日高)....

Kamuiekuuchikaushi-yama

Time

16:12

Distance

31.5 km

Mt. Kamuiekuuchikaushi-yama (カムイエクウチカウシ山, Kamuiekuuchikaushi-yama) is a jagged peak standing in the innermost part of the Hidaka Mountains (日高山脈, Hidaka-sanmyaku). Its...

Kariba-yama

Time

2:40

Distance

6.5 km

Mt. Kariba-yama (狩場山, Kariba-yama) is the highest mountain in the southern part of Hokkaido. It’s name comes from the Ainu...

Kuromatsunai-dake

Time

2:40

Distance

5 km

Mt. Kuromatsunai-dake (黒松内岳, Kuromatsunai-dake) sits in the western part of Kuromatsunai Town (黒松内町, Kuromatsunai-chou), a town famous among those in...

Memuro-dake

Time

5:10

Distance

9 km

Mt. Memuro-dake (芽室岳, Memuro-dake) is a peak in the Hidaka Mountains (日高山脈, Hidaka-sanmyaku), usually partnered with Mt. Pankenuushi-dake (パンケヌーシ岳), which...

Poroshiri-dake & Tottabetsu-dake

Time

18:20

Distance

31 km

A long, remote climb up to the highest peak in the Hidaka Mountains. An excellent choice for those looking to get away from the crowds in the early-fall Daisetsuzan.

Rakko-dake

Time

6:00

Distance

9 km

A straightforward, and straightforwardly tough, climb up a ravine to a huge, dramatic ridgeline towering above the Northern Hidaka mountains.

West

Chisenupuri

Time

3:40

Distance

8.5 km

Chisenupuri (チセヌプリ, Chisenupuri) is a mountain tucked neatly in the middle of the Niseko Mountains (ニセコ連峰, Niseko-renpou), a perennial favorite...

Daisengen-dake

Time

4:20

Distance

9 km

Mt. Daisengen-dake (大千軒岳) is a mountain standing deep in the Japanese beech woods in the center of Matsumae Peninsula (松前半島,...

Eniwa-dake

Time

5:10

Distance

6.5 km

Mt. Eniwa-dake (恵庭岳, Eniwa-dake) is an volcanically active mountain sitting on the northwestern shores of Lake Shikotsu-ko (支笏湖, Shikotsu-ko). Along...

Iwaonupuri

Time

1:40

Distance

4.5 km

Iwaonupuri (イワオヌプリ) is a peak in the eastern part of the Niseko Mountains (ニセコ連峰, Niseko-renpou), a mountain range stretching west...

Kamuishiri-yama

Time

4:25

Distance

11 km

Mt. Kamuishiri-yama (神居尻山, Kamuishiri-yama) sits in the northern part of the Kabato Mountains (樺戸山脈, Kabato-sanmyaku). The name Kamuishiri comes from...

Kogane-yama

Time

2:40

Distance

4.5 km

From National Route 451 (国道451号線, Doudou 451 gosen), you can see a tall, sharp peak emerging from the deep forest....

Muroran-dake

Time

2:40

Distance

6.5 km

Locals know the mountain overlooking the northern waters of Muroran Harbour (室蘭港, Muroran-kou) as Mt. Muroran-dake (室蘭岳, Muroran-dake), though most...

Sapporo-dake

Time

5:00

Distance

11 km

The western slopes of Sapporo-dake (札幌岳) are marked by their long, graceful ridgelines, while the north face is clearly visible...

Yotei-zan

Time

8:50

Distance

13.5 km

Yotei-zan (羊蹄山), rising to the west of Nakayama-toge (中山峠), is a mountain of many names. In the Ainu language, it...