There are two mountains named Mt. Akan in the Akan Naitonal Park; Mt.Meakan (female Mt.Akan) and Mt. Oakan (male Mt.Akan), both of them are volcanoes. Mt.Oakan is a dormant volcano and Mt.Meakan is an active volcano. You can feel the power of the earth by walking near the crater of Mt. Meakan and enjoy the distant view of beautiful Mt.Oakan from its top.
What to Expect
Akan is a very popular national park in Japan and very famous for its high quality of "Onsen", or hot spring water and its beautiful green algae ball called "Marimo". The main purpose of this tour is Mt. Meakan hike, an active volcano and to see its magnificent view of the crater and other mountains such as Mt. Oakan, Mt.Mokoto, Mt. Shari, Shiretoko range of mountains, World Natural Heritage Site. If you start the hike very early or the hike is canceled due to the weather conditions, you'll have time to visit other tourist spots such as Lake Akan, Ainu Theater, sourvenir shops specializing in the Ainu culture and so on. Ainu, native people in Hokkaido, used to live this area and their traditional dances are now designated as UNESCO's intangible cultural heritage. The hike will be 3 hours up and 2 hours down not included rest and lunch time. You can see many beautiful alpine plants such as "Iwabukuro" and "Meakan Kinbai" on the way to the top in July and August.
only available from June to October
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 from Abashiri to the hike start, so you must take a taxi or rent a car. It takes 2 hours to get there. It will cost you about 25000 JPYto take a taxi for both way and about 7000 JPY plus gas to rent a car a day. The tour can be canceled due to the weather condition. In that case, you can choose some options such as visiting a very beautiful lake called "Onneto" ,taking a sighseeing boat in the Lake Akan, visiting Ainu museums, taking a hot spring, looking around the Ainu wood carvings and unique clothes with Ainu patterns at the souvenir shops.
guide fee, hotel pick-up in Abashiri
What‘s not included
transportation fee ( you and guide), taxi fare from Abashiri to Akan for both ways (about 25000JPY) or rent-a-car fare a day (about 7000JPY)
lunch, dinner, hike food and drinks, entrance fee, sightseeing boat fare, hot spring bath charge,etc
At your hotel in Abashiri
At your hotel in Abashiri
07:00 AM ( recommended ) Flexible
Number of people
up to 4 people