Mt. Musa (1005m) hike, which gives you a quiet, peaceful time while walking in the forest in Nakashibetsu town, Hokkaido. You can see magnificent views of Mt.Shari (one of the 100 best mountains in Japan), a vast expanse of Konsen plain, a distant view of Odaito sandbar from its peak and you can enjoy listening to many birds chirping if the weather is permitted.
Feel free to personalize this offer with Hiroshi.
guide fee, hotel pick-up in Abashiri area
transportaion fee (you and guide), renting a car (about 7,000 ~ 8,000JPY a day) or taking a taxi from Abashiri (about 45,000JPY for the both way), lunch, dinner, onsen or hot spring bath charge (about 600JPY per person), hike food and drinks etc
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.
The hike will be canceled due to the bad weather. You must carry food, water, warm clothes, extra underwear, gloves, cap, rain wear in case of sudden rainfall. Hike boots are recommended if you have ones ( it is possible that you slip and fall down when you walk on the wet, muddy tail ). We can't expect nice views of Konsen Field from the Kaiyo Dai Observation Deck and Lake Mashu on cloudy days. We must get to Yoroushi Onsen hot spring by 3 p.m to take an onsen bath and leave there by 4 p.m. If you want to spend more time on hot spring bath, there are some other onsen or hot springs to visit on the way to Abashiri. If the hike is canceled, there are other options such as visiting "Kaminoko Ike" or God's Child Pond, "Sakurano Taki Waterfall", the spot to see salmon going upstream in summer etc. There aren't any public transportation services, so you must rent a car (about 7,000 ~ 8,000JPY a day) or take a taxi (about 45,000JPY for both way from Abashiri).This tour is designed to start from Abashiri, where I live, but I think I can pick you up at Nakashibetsu town. In this case, you must stay at Nakashibetu the day before the hike to start the tour early and pay for my picking up fees ( 4-hour drive for both ways) and gas in total (about 5000JPY). All of the tourist spots above are on the way back to Abashiri, so I strongly recommend we start our hike tour from Abashiri. Plus, please avoid the policy to limit a driver when you rent a car. I can drive it instead of you in case you don't want to on the narrow mountain roads. In this case, I must give my photo copy of my driver's license to the rent-a-car agent when you rent it. read more
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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.