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.
At your hotel in Abashiri or Nakashibetsu.
Mt.Musa hike, which is 2.5hours up and 1.5 hours down. You can enjoy walking on the trail well-maintained.
Kaiyodai Observation Deck located near the Mt. Musa, which gives you 360°panoramice views of the Konsen plain
Yoroushi Onsen hot spring, which is 30-minute drive from Mt. Musa, gives you relaxing time.
Uramashu Observation Deck, where you can see incredibly beautiful color of Lake Mashu, which is called Mashu Blue, mysterious blue color of its water
At your hotel in Abashiri or Nakashibetsu.
Mt. Musa is located in the small twon named Nakashibetsu. It is not a high mountain but offers us a peaceful, quiet atomosphere while we are walking on the trail in the forest in the mountain. If you start your hike early in the morning( around 8 a.m.) and return to the hike start point (around 2 p.m.), you have some options such as stopping by at the Kaiyo Dai Observation Deck to be able to see a vast expanse of Konsen Field and Yoroushi Onsen hot spring, which is famous for its open air baths. You can see Lake Mashu, which has the second clearest water in the world and famouts for its mysterious blue color called "Mashu Blue" on the way back to Abashiri.
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
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.
only available from June to October
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.
Since I contacted Hiroshi, he always made big effort to plan a perfect trip, with possible plan B or C if weather conditions were bad and asked about my preferences. So I can clearly say that the trip was planned for me and my taste. I knew what i had to expect, what i should prepare for and where Hiroshi could help. The weather conditions weren't perfect with wind and rain so that the day before we switched to plan B, hiking mount motoro, where the hike had better wind coverage from trees and was shorter to be able to walk back if necessary. The view was just stunning!!! Amazing, best time conditions for taking nice pictures. A bit cold and bit cloudy but we were so good prepared we didnt bother at all. At the summit we enjoyed a hot coffee with picnic lunch and had the first snow of the year, yet we still were good prepared and enjoyed it! Short time later it was a bit sunny again and even ate an ice cream at the start/end of the hike. You have to love hokkaido in autumn. On our Journey to the hike and back we did visit some nice observatorie points which was an amazing extension as we had plenty of time because of the shorter hike. At the end for me it wasnt plan B, if was an A+, huge congrats and thanks to Hiroshi. Can only recommend him!
Hi Karl Thanks for your kind words. I also had a great time walking with you. (The weather wasn't perfect for the hike, though.) We changed our original hike plan to plan B and I think we made a better choice because we could have extra time to visit another place, Lake Mashu. What a wonderful view we could see there. As I told you during our hike, there are many exciting places to visit around Abashiri. I'm looking forward to seeing you here again and having another hike to enjoy breathtaking views. Please let me know any time if you want to get more information about Okhotsk area. Thanks again for contacting me, Karl. Hiroshi
Hiroshi is the nicest, most knowledgeable guide we've ever had. We are a couple travelling through the Shiretoko area and as we didn't drive, our request were out of the ordinary. As well as needing a guide through the national park, we also needed transportation included. Hiroshi was very accommodating in our needs. He went above and beyond for us, had coffee and homemade bread prepared which we are so touched by. The day was perfect and we are so glad we had met him and had him as our guide. We hope to meet him again one day.
Hi Melissa & Joe Thanks a lot for your kind words, Melissa. I also had a great time with you two. It's a bit too warm for a nature tour, but we're lucky to see so many Hokkaido deer while walking and driving. Please come to Hokkaido again and enjoy its natural beauty. Hokkaido gives us gorgeous views and natural habitats for many wild animals and birds. I believe it is a paradise for you, especially for Joe. Let's have another Origami folding paper time together!! Many thanks, Hiroshi
Hiroshi is a fantastic local Abashiri guide born, raised and living in the remote Shiretoko region of Hoddaiko. The unseasonal melting of snow meant our original plans to include snow-shoeing had to be changed, with Hiroshi re-arranging our day brilliantly to include Lake Tofutsu, Mt Mokoto observatory, the Museum of the Northern Peoples, and Cape Notoro. Hiroshi came prepared with home-made bread, coffee and tea, and binoculars for our bird-watching successes that included a family group of Japanese Cranes, Stellar Sea-Eagles and white-tailed eagles. Hiroshi made our day a fantastic experience. Highly recommended!
Hello Tony and Veronica, Thanks for your mail and good review. I haven't been doing guide jobs lately due to the covid-19, so I'm sure I'm a little rusty. Sorry about asking you again several times. As for our snowshoe walk, we didn't have any luck, but we were very lucky to be able to see gorgeous eagles and cranes. And I was really happy to know Mt.Mokoto observatory was a great success! Please come again, Tony and Veronica. I'll be very happy to have you here in Abashiri any time of the year. Feel free to ask me for more information about this area in the future. Many thanks, Hiroshi
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