Hokkaido Adventure Travel Blog

The insider’s look into Hokkaido


Apr 5, 2024 by Michael

Shikotsu-Toya Winter Hiking Tour

Our guests from New Zealand had an amazing time with Adventure Hokkaido guides Tobaji and Yuka on the custom 3 day version of our Shikotsu-Toya 6 Day Winter Hiking Tour. The group enjoyed snowshoeing up Mt. Monbetsu's snowy slopes for sweeping views of frigid Lake Shikotsu, learning more about Ainu culture, taking a closer look at volcanic hot springs and trying out the delectable local cuisine.

Three guests pose triumphantly at the top of Mt. Mobetsu, holding the summit sign which shows elevation.

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    Aug 7, 2023 by Richard

    Daisetsuzan to Akan–Mashu Hiking Tour

    Along with fellow guide Yuka, I took a group of hikers from Australia on a 9 day trip taking in some of the best hikes in the Daisetsuzan and Akan–Mashu national parks.

    A group of hikers walking along the ridge of Mt Meakan are dwarfed by the rugged volcanic scenery. The sky is moody with large clouds. In the background a smaller peak sits in shade.
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    Jul 31, 2023 by Hattie

    Around Daisetsuzan Cycling Tour

    Our first Around Daisetsuzan 7 Day Cycling Tour of the year kicked off with cyclists from all over the world coming together to enjoy an amazing adventure. Despite an unusually wet July, the group remained smiling and enjoyed some amazing two-wheeled adventures, cycling across vast mountain passes and idyllic agricultural landscapes.

    Cycling through farmland in Central Hokkaido.
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    Jun 15, 2023 by Ayaka

    Japan's Far East Through The Seasons

    Get a taste of Eastern Hokkaido - home to the Kushiro-shitsugen, Akan–Mashu and Shiretoko National Parks - throughout the year. Every season has it's own unique flavour in Japan's wild frontier.

    Two deer nuzzle on a grassy verge overlooking the Sea of Okhotsk
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    Jan 4, 2023

    Custom Winter Photography Tour in Japan's Far East

    In December 2022 we hosted the Li family, from the USA, on a customised version of our Japan's Far East Wild Winter Tour. The family of 4 are all keen photographers, so we tweaked the itinerary to add more wildlife photography opportunities and also match the early season conditions. Stanley was kind enough to share his photos. Get a taste of what you can photograph in eastern Hokkaido.

    Two Red Crowned Cranes dance in a snowy field in Tsurui, Hokkaido. ©️ Stanley Li
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    Aug 18, 2022 by Richard

    Around Daisetsuzan 6 Day Hiking Tour

    Ayaka and I hosted a family from Israel, now living in Tokyo & the Netherlands, on our Around Daisetsuzan 6 Day Hiking Tour in August 2022. Our guests were blown away by the variety of landscapes on the tour and challenged by some difficult weather. Climbing above the clouds on the final day, under aozora, blue sky, was a rewarding way to finish the tour.

    The green ridgeline of the Daisetsuzan mountains stretches away in the distance. The summit of Mt Tokachi is framed by clouds and the rest of the sky is blue.
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    Jun 14, 2022 by Ayaka

    Guide Training in Japan's Far North

    Every year the Adventure Hokkaido guides gather together for a guide training trip, where we catch up, share ideas and knowledge and brush up on our "guiding English". In June 2022, we headed to Rebun and Rishiri in Hokkaido's north and were lucky to be joined by Dr Mark Brazil and Mayumi Brazil of Japan Nature Guides. Enjoy my favourite photos from the trip.

    Two birdwatchers watch a black-tailed gull colony with Mt Rishiri in the background.
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    Dec 28, 2021

    Asahidake, Biei & Toma Winter Tour

    Adventure Hokkaido Guides Tobaji, Richard & Ayaka had four day snowshoeing adventure in Asahidake, Biei and Toma last week. They were accompanied by a bunch of local guides, travel companies and the Hokkaido Transport Bureau. Snow hiking in the forests around Asahidake Onsen and Shirogane Onsen was a joy as always, and having the Toma Limestone Cave all to ourselves was a remarkable adventure!

    A snowshoer falls backwards into the snow. The photo captures the split second before they disappear into the snow.