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Discover the Stunning Trails of Niseko

As the temperatures begin to decline after the intense Summer heat waves, the allure of outdoor activities grows more enticing.

Exploring the beauty of nature takes on a special charm, and one of the most wonderful ways to do so is through hiking. This is especially true in the enchanting landscape of Hokkaido. To assist you in your outdoor endeavors, we've curated a selection of noteworthy hiking options within the Niseko region and relatively close to Ki Niseko. Ranging from paths suitable for families seeking leisurely strolls to those that beckon daring adventurers, our list encapsulates the diverse offerings of the area.

Parks and Walking Trails

Lake Hangetsu

Nestled at the base of Mount Yotei, Lake Hangetsu is a volcanic lake known for its half-moon shape, as its name suggests. As a prominent destination in Niseko, immerse yourself in the vast oak trees and untamed flora. Indigenous fauna such as woodpeckers and chipmunks can be spotted throughout the woods.

The trail comprises a 3.1 km loop with a promenade leading to the lakeside. Approximately 15 to 20 minutes are required to reach the shore, while completing the entire loop takes around 55 minutes. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended, especially after rainfall. Elevation gain is roughly 111 metres.

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Autumn scenery at lake hangetsu


The term "Kagami," signifying 'mirror' in Japanese, aptly describes the pristine waters of the natural pond nestled in the wetland marsh just below Mount Annupuri.

The hike to the marsh takes around 45 minutes (with a 570-meter elevation gain). The slope gradient remains gentle for the most part but increases notably in the final 5 minutes of the ascent. The journey culminates in splendid vistas of silver birches, Japanese maple trees, and Mount Annupuri mirrored on the tranquil pond, adorned with the presence of blue and red dragonflies.

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Toyomatsu Shimoda, co-founder of the Boy Scouts in Japan, eloquently captured the essence of the Niseko Range with his words: ‘This is the place where Gods and immortals exist'.

This sentiment led to the naming of the marsh Shinsen-numa, where "Shinsen" conveys 'God and immortals' and "numa" translates to 'marsh' in Japanese.

Delighting in the natural elements of Shinsen-numa is accessible with wooden footpaths, rendering it a perfect stroll for the entire family, from children to grandparents. Along the trail, various ponds dot the landscape, offering unique reflections of their natural domain.

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Shinsen numa

Asahigaoka Park

This park offers the perfect setting for family picnics and comes complete with campgrounds and playgrounds, making it an ideal spot for the entire family to relish. A well-maintained footpath, suitable for young children, winds its way to the summit of the former ski jump, affording panoramic vistas.

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Hiking Trails

Mount Yotei: Makkari Trail

Mount Yotei is a conspicuous presence during any Niseko visit. As the region's prominent stratovolcano, boasting an elevation of 1,898 metres, it's sometimes referred to as Ezo Fuji due to its resemblance to Mount Fuji.

The Makkari Trail is perhaps the least technically demanding of the four routes leading to the summit. While considered challenging, it's a well-frequented hiking path, spanning 13.7 km and taking an average of 7 hours and 48 minutes to complete.

Upon reaching the peak, your reward awaits in the form of captivating views from the elliptical crater, set amidst an environment teeming with alpine flora and fauna.

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Mount Yotei


Shirakabayama stands as a minor peak in the Niseko range, boasting an altitude of 959 metres, rendering it a relatively straightforward ascent. Typically, it takes around 2.5 hours to ascend to the summit and return. The trailhead rests at Niimi Pass, straddling the border between Ranpetsu and Kyowa Town.

Location: Google Maps

Mt Shirakaba Shakunage numa Hike Peak Path


The name, Chisenupuri stems from the Ainu language, where "chise-nupuri" translates to 'house[shaped] mountain', evoking the resemblance of the mountain to traditional Ainu sasa bamboo and reed-thatched homes.

While there are two entrances to Chisenupuri, starting from the Shinsen-numa marsh entrance on the Niseko Panorama Line is recommended. Upon reaching the summit, you'll be treated to awe-inspiring views of nearby peaks, including Mount Mekunnuai-dake and Shakunage-dake.

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Chisenupuri Hiking


Similar to Chisenupuri, Iwaonupuri's name originates from the Ainu term "iwao-nupuri", translating to 'sulphur mountain'. The mountain lives up to its name, with volcanic ash and yellow sulphuric crystals strewn across its slopes. The hike spans 4.8 km with a 350 m elevation gain, typically taking around 2 hours to complete.

Savour panoramic vistas of Hokkaido while traversing the horseshoe-shaped crater at the summit. The trailhead is situated at Goshiki Onsen, featuring an outdoor bath that provides a relaxing reward post-hike.

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Iwaonupuri Hike


Mount Niseko Annupuri stands as one of the ski resorts in Niseko, crowning the Niseko volcanic ensemble. Known for its moderate challenge, this 5 km hike typically requires around 2 hours and 46 minutes to accomplish.

The trailhead is also located at Goshiki Onsen, allowing for a rejuvenating dip in the outdoor baths after soaking in the summit's splendor.

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Sunrise on Annupuri

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