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2010: A Japanese Day Hiking Adventure on the Island of Hokkaido

Date and Time

Sunday, June 14, 2020 - Friday, June 26, 2020


Island of Hokkaido,


Registration is required for this activity. Please contact leader.


Join us for an adventure in a unique land filled with beauty, an exotic culture and colorful traditions. Hokkaido is the Japan of wide-open spaces, with 20% of the country's land area but only 5% of its population. There are large swathes of wilderness here, with primeval forests, tropical-blue caldera lakes, fields of alpine flowers and bubbling, in-the-rough hot springs. We'll explore the dynamic urban city of Sapporo with its thriving food scene, stylish cafes, shopping galore and easy access to the mountains. Two of the islands most beautiful National Parks will be our "home away from home" as well as a stay on the island of Teuri where we'll have the opportunity to go night walking to spot the elusive rhinoceros auklet, a seabird that is a close relative to a puffin. We will be visiting the area at the beginning of the climbing season and will therefore have the opportunity to take part in a very special and traditional festival The Nupuri koromakuinomei is a mountain festival where you can touch Ainu culture and ecology while being wrapped in the fresh nature of Asahidake tradition. Before the full-scale mountaineering season, the "Asahidake mountain festival" is a time of praying in the mountain opening rituals of Daisetsuzan Asahidake and for climbers' safety. It will be held at the Asahidake youth campsite located at 1,000 m elevation of Asahidake. We'll fly into Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido, and travel around the island in our own privately chartered bus. An English speaking local guide will be with us throughout the trip to enhance our knowledge and appreciation of the Japanese culture as well as to assist on our hikes. At the end of the trip we'll fly home from Kushiro airport. We'll hike on Mts Sankaku, Okura, Kitoushi, Asahi, Kurodake, Io, and Meakan as well as visiting Wakoto Island, Ginga and Ryusei waterfalls, a Japanese Sake brewery, Kushiro Wetlands, a Japanese crane center, traditional fish markets and so much more!

AMC Trip Policy


Adult: $6,400 member / $6,400 non-member

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2010 Prospectus

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Hiking 4 Moderate


Adults (18+)


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Ginette has been a member of the AMC since 1988 and has led day and weekend trips in the White Mountains of NH, as well as various parts of Maine. She has hiked all of the NH 4000 footers. Her interests include hiking, photography, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, travel, information volunteer for AMC and introducing others to outdoor activities. She has led AT trips all over the world.