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.
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At your hotel in Abashiri
Restaurant at the High Land 725 is the spot to start our hike. You can enjoy having some coffee or ice cream after the hike here.
Huge Rock called Byobuiwa or a wall of rock on the way to the top.
You can see some beautiful alpine flowers while walking on the trail.
At your hotel in Abashiri
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
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.
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 teacher. He is a charming, funny and delightful individual, a Hokkaido native full of local knowledge and lots of energy. He had prepared extensively for our trip, coming with maps, brochures, and a wide range of specific ideas. He drove us for two days in a rental car, including in some challenging weather conditions. He is an experienced and cautious driver who made us feel very comfortable. On our hike to Meakandake at Lake Akan, he arrived fully prepared with extra gear, maps, even fresh home made bread and hot coffee for the trail! He was very careful to track our progress and mindful of how the group was doing at all times as the weather and conditions changed during the hike. Even after our tour with him and during the rest of our time in Hokkaido, he stayed in touch frequently, providing additional ideas as to where to go, including many excellent spots that were not found in local guides. Overall, our experience with Hiroshi was great and I would recommend him without reservation.
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 and say hi to David and Cezanne for me. Hiroshi
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.