Mt. Mokoto is located in the eastern part of Hokkaido. It is not so high and you can enjoy walking on the trail well-maintained while listening to birds' singing and looking at the beautiful lake named Lake Kusharo, which is the largest crater lake in Japan. Mt. Mokoto is very famous for its view from the top and fresh underground water. Enjoy having some coffee or tea with this water at the top.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Hiroshi.
You can hear " Uguisu" or bush warblers chirping in summer (June - August) while walking and see some "Shima-risu" or chipmunks moving fast under the bush if you are lucky. On sunny days, you can enjoy viewing an amazingly beautiful lake, Lake Kusharo, all the way to the top.
The view of the top is incredibly beautiful and you can see a panoramic view of Shiretoko range of mountains, a part of World Natural Heritage Site and other mountains such as Mt.Oakan( male Akan), Mt.Meakan(female Akan),Mt.Mashu and Mt.Shari. Mt. Rausu, the highest mountain in the Shiretoko mountain range, Mt. Meakan and Mt. Shari are designated as one of the 100 best mountains in Japan.
guide fee, hotel pick-up in Abashiri
transportation fee (you and guide) such as taxi fare or renting a car( taxi fares will be about 20000 JPY and renting a car will be 8000JPY a day which varies depending on the size of the car ), lunch, dinner, Onsen or hot spring bath charge(600JPY per person), hkie food and drinks
only available from June to October for usual hike, late April, May and early November for snowshoeing hike if you have a pair of snowshoes.
I can help you visit the places around Abashiri, where I live and go hiking in our area. There isn't frequent transportation service here and I think you need to take a taxi or rent a car. We basically begin our tours from Abashiri and return to this city. If you plan to start your tour from different cities, let me know about your plan. In that case, you might need to pay for my transportation expenses and accomodation fees. There might be some cases that I have to drive a long way ( more than 3 or 4 hours for one way) and stay at a hotel on the day before meeting you.
There is no public transportation service to get to the hike starting spot, so you have to use a taxi or rent a car. Taking a taxi for both ways costs you about 20000 yen. Renting a car would be less expensive. It probably costs about 7000 yen a day ( fares vary depend on the size of the car you rent )The hike can be canceled due to the bad weather. The tour will be done in case of the slight rainfall with a little wind. Hike time is 1.5 hours up and 1 hour down not including rest and lunch time. You need rainware, warm clothes, cap, gloves, face towel, bottled water, hike foods and hiking boots ( the muddy trails could be slippery after the rainfall ). You can visit the local cheese factory and "onsen" or hot spring after the hike if you like. In case of canceling hike, we visit other tourist spots near the mountain instead. read more
Yes! If you need to make changes such as removing or adding someone to your booking or changing the date or time of your tour, contact us by phone or email
After you secure your booking, the starting and ending points of your tour can be customized to your convenience (ex.: your hotel, nearby stations, etc.). Don't worry, we will take care of you! Some tours may have an extra fee for this service, make sure to check the tour page.
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The price is charged per group. Which means that you make a one-time payment for your entire group and the price will not change if it is less or more people.
Some guides accept extra people (more than the specified number) for an extra charge. Please check for the extras on the tour or booking page, or contact your guide directly to clarify.
No. Your tour is private, only for you and your family or friends, there will be no other group of tourists together in your tour.
Yes, but there will be additional charge for that and it is not by car. The guide will go pick you up using public transportations. For further details, please contact your guide directly.
Yes, you can and you may be able to get a discount if you are traveling alone. Price depends on which guide you choose.
Our group from Seattle Washington spent two days with Hiroshi in Eastern Hokkaido - one day touring the Abashiri area and the second hiking in Lake Akan. We had a great experience with him and highly recommend him. In planning the trip, Hiroshi was a pleasure to work with. We were interested in hiking and seeing some of the natural wonders of Eastern Hokkaido. He answered all our e-mails promptly with excellent ideas and information, and was very flexible in developing a trip that met the needs of our schedule and group interests. On our arrival to Japan, Hiroshi went out of his way to make two trips to the airport as some of our group was delayed. Upon meeting him, we bonded quickly. His written and spoken English is excellent - not surprising as he is a former English teach... read more
Hi Sandy Thank you so much for your message. I had a GREAT time spending two days with you, too. It was also a hppy and pleasure time for me. Unfortunately, we didn't have the best weatherfor the hike at Mt.Meakan but as I told you during our hike, that was a kind of the notice that we should hike again. So I'd like you all to come again to Mt. Meakandake to enjoy its spectacular views in the near future !! I was really glad to know you had a good luck to be able to see beautiful views of Lake Mashu, a small pond called 'Kaminoko-ike',or God's Child Pond in English and rare birds including cranes during the rest of your tour. Please let me know anytime when you need some information about eaastern Hokkaido. I'm looking forward to hearing from you !! Thanks again for your kind words... read more
Hiroshi is an excellent and knowledgeable guide around the Abashiri area. He’s very communicative and worked with me to research and schedule a tour to fit my interests so don’t feel limited by the tour description on Triplelights. He was a gracious host. We ate the best oysters I have ever tasted near Lake Saroma. His English is very good, both written and spoken
Thank you for your kind comments, Craig. I'm happy to know you really enjoyed your stay in Abashiri. December is not the best time to visit Abashiri, but we did have a great time visiting scenic spots, water birds observation and drift ice museum. Especially, having delicious oysters WAS a high-light for me, too. Please come and visit Abashiri again and have more memorable experiences with me. Thanks again for visiting Abashiri. Hiroshi.