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Round Trip Hike of Mt. Rishiri via the Oshidomari Course

Trek a beautiful peak which towers over the sea.
  • Duration
    1Day / 9Hours
    Highest Point
    1719m
    Elevation Gain
    1511m
  • Skill Level
    Fitness Level
    Gear Level

Mt. Rishiri (Rishiri-zan) is located on Rishiri Island, in the Sea of Japan, off the northwest coast of Hokkaido. The island as a whole is circular in shape, with the conical Mt. Rishiri (also called Rishiri Fuji), towering at its center.
There are two courses leading to Mt. Rishiri: the Oshidomari Course and the Kutsugata Course. Of these two, the Kutsugata Course is more difficult with steep ridges needing to be crossed due to a lesser difference in altitude. For this reason, we will introduce the easier Oshidomari Route used my most hikers.

After beginning your hike at Hokuroku Camping Area, you will find the route’s only water supply area at the Third Station. Kanro-sensui, which ranks among Japan's 100 most famous water, flows from a spring here. Hike through the coniferous belt and up beyond the tree line, where you pass through a stone pine belt to reach the Sixth Station.

From Hokuroku Camping Area, it will take about 2 hours to the First Observation Point at Sixth Station. From here, make your way up the zigzagging path known as the “Munatsuki Haccho” and in about an hour and 10 minutes, you will reach the Second Observation Point.

From the Second Observation Point, hike up a steep rocky slope for about 15 minutes to the peak of Mt. Chokan (Chokanzan), which commands a good view of Mt. Rishiri’s graceful, pyramid-like shape.

Hike down from the peak of Mt. Chokan to the shelter below, and then hike up the next slope to reach the Ninth Station.From Mt. Chokan, it will take about 45 minutes to get to the Ninth Station.

From the Ninth Station, the next segment of path consists of loose stones that are easy to slip on. Where necessary, ropes have been set up to help you keep your footing as you climb toward the peak.
After passing the point where the course merges with the Kutsugata Course, you will eventually reach Mt. Rishiri’s north peak, where a small Shinto shrine stands.
From the Ninth Station, it will take about an hour to get to the north peak of Mt. Rishiri.

The highest point on Mt. Rishiri is the south peak. Due to erosion, however, it is now strictly off-limits to hikers.

For the return hike, follow the same course in reverse, taking special care to avoid slipping and falling on the trail.

Other Info

Mt. Rishiri is renowned for its beautiful alpine flora. There is a variety of endemic plant species including rishirihinageshi (papaver fauriei), rishirigenge (oxytropis campestris var. rishiriensis), ezo-kozakura, (primula cuneifolia), hakusan-ichige (anemone narcissiflora), iwagikyo (campanula lasiocarpa), and button-kimbai (trollius riederianus var. pulcher). These colorful flowers bloom from July to August along the mountain trails.

Notes

In the interest of preserving Mt. Rishiri’s natural environment, the use of portable toilets is recommended for those embarking on mountain excursions. These items may be purchased at the Ferry Terminal or at inns around the island.
There are booths where you can use portable toilets at the Sixth Station’s First Observation Point, the Eighth Station at Mt. Chokan, and at the Ninth Station. You may deposit these items at the trailheads at the end of your hike.
In the interest of protecting the trails around the peak from the harmful effects of erosion, those requiring the use of walking poles must attach rubber tips to the ends of their poles and are asked cease using them after the point where the course merges with the Kutsugata Course.
To help reduce injuries due to difficult footing on mountain trails, the use of gloves is recommended.

Route Map

Elevation Map

Height (m)
Horizontal Distance (km)

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Duration
1Day / 9Hours
Highest Point
1719m(Mt. Rishiri (North peak))
Elevation Gain
1511m
Horizontal Distance
17.5Km
Skill Level
Fitness Level
Gear Level

On the Trail

Sleeping

Rishirizan Shelter

Eating

Oshidomari Sea Station (Oshidomari Umi no Eki)

Hot-Springs

Rishiri Fuji Onsen

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Access

Mt. Rishiri is located on Rishiri island, which is in the Sea of Japan off the northwest coast of Hokkaido. From Haneda Airport, all airlines offer flights to New Chitose Airport (approx. 1 hour and 35 - 40 minutes). From New Chitose Airport, transfer to an ANA flight and fly to Rishiri Airport (approx. 50 minutes). Please note that flights from Shin Chitose Airport to Rishiri Airport only operate from June to September and are limited to one flight per day. You can also travel to Rishiri Island by ferry. First, take an ANA flight from Haneda Airport to Wakkanai Airport (approx. 1 hour and 50 minutes). From there, take a Soya Bus Company airport bus to the Wakkanai Ferry Terminal (approx. 35 minutes) and ride the Heartland Ferry to the Rishiri Island/Oshidomari Harbor Ferry Terminal (approx. 1 hour and 40 - 50 minutes).
From the Oshidomari Harbor Ferry Terminal, proceed to the Rishiri Fuji Onsen Bus Stop. From this point, it’s a 2.2 km walk to the trailhead (approx. 40 min) at the Hokuroku Camping Area. Alternatively, it takes approximately 10 minutes by taxi to go from the Oshidomari Harbor Ferry Terminal to the Hokuroku Camping Area.

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