Celebrating reaching the highpoint of the hike

Japan's Far North
5 Day Hiking & Sea Kayaking Tour

Multi-day Guided Hiking & Sea Kayaking Tour from Wakkanai

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¥237,000

The breathtaking mountain ranges and wild coastline of Japan’s northern frontier will quench your thirst for adventure on this multi-day guided hiking & sea kayaking tour.

  • Tour Duration

    5 Days
  • Minimum Travellers

    2 People
  • Accommodation

    4 Nights
  • Tour Starts

    Wakkanai
  • Included Meals

    4 Breakfasts
    4 Lunches
    4 Dinners
  • Tour Finishes

    Wakkanai

Tour Highlights

  • Island hopping in Japan’s northernmost National Park
  • Hiking on the “floating flower garden” – Rebun Island
  • Sea kayaking & fishing with a local island guide off Rishiri Island
  • Savour the Northern Islands’ seafood oriented gastronomy

About Japan’s Far North

Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park sits at the very top of Hokkaido and is the northernmost of all the 34 national parks in Japan. The southern tip of Sakhalin Island (Russia) is only 40kms/25miles away from our most northern point, this is as Far North in Japan as you can get! The gateway city to the Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu National Park is Wakkanai, which has both an airport (WKJ) and a railway station.

There is no other place in Japan where you can explore the striking Siberia-like landscapes in such close proximity to the ocean, fishing villages and rural settlements. This tour is perfect for adventurers who dream of deep exploration into remote corners of Japan where most travellers will never have the opportunity to visit.

Leave the sticky summer heat behind and enjoy the refreshing summer hiking in this subarctic region!


Who is this tour for?

  • Active hikers who enjoy coastal walking for 3 to 5 hours a day
  • Adventurers who love island hopping & exploring remote outposts
  • Curious travellers who prefer locally run accommodation in scenic locations

Japan’s Far North Hiking Tour Itinerary at a Glance

*B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner
Day 1  Group meets in Wakkanai & Ferry to Rebun Island (D)
Day 2  Hike on Rebun Island – 9km/5.6miles (B, L, D)
Day 3  Hike on Rebun Island & Ferry to Rishiri Island – 5.7km/3.5miles (B, L, D)
Day 4  Hiking on Rishiri Island – 12km/7.5miles (B, L, D)
Day 5  Sea Kayaking on Rishiri Island & Ferry to Wakkanai & Farewells (L, B)


Tour Inclusions

Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 4 nights accommodation on twin share basis
  • 4 breakfasts, 4 lunches & 4 dinners
  • Ferry to/from Rebun & Rishiri Islands
  • Guided hiking on Rebun & Rishiri Islands
  • Sea kayaking & fishing tour off Rishiri Island
  • All transport as described in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guide(s)

Not included

Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airfare
  • Optional activities mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks with included meals

Meet your guide

  1. Day 1 Ferry to Rebun Island

    This tour kicks off in Wakkanai, the northernmost city in Hokkaido and Japan. Your group will meet between 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm in Central Wakkanai. You can fly directly from Tokyo Haneda to Wakkanai Airport with ANA, or alternatively take a JR (Japan Railway) train, which takes just over 5 hours from Sapporo JR Station.

    Once everyone is together, we will hold a short meeting to introduce ourselves and brief everyone on the upcoming adventure. We then catch the ferry to Rebun Island at around 2:00 pm and in just under 2 hours we will arrive on Rebun, nicknamed the ”floating flower garden”.

    Japanese flower lovers flock to this island each June to admire the rare alpine flowers that can be sighted in lower altitudes. Later in the season, we are still able to enjoy our island adventure without the crowds but the remnants of summer can still be felt in the warm water and long twilight.

    After getting off the ferry, we’ll set off to our accommodation on the coast, where we’ll settle in for the next two nights. (D)

    No Hiking

  2. Day 2 Hiking on Rebun Island

    Today we will explore the northern part of Rebun Island starting from Cape Sukoton. The cape is the northernmost end of Rebun Island, which overlooks small rocky islands dotted in the blue ocean extending to the north. On a clear day, you will be able to catch sight of Sakhalin Island, part of Russia, over La Pérouse Strait. This is as far north as you can get!

    We’ll enjoy walking on the scenic coastal trail exploring Cape Gorota and Cape Sky. The blue sea that hugs rocky coves and the fishing villages here and there provide a unique island hiking experience.

    Once we complete the walk, we will travel by van to hopefully see more of Rebun’s flora and fauna. Cape Kanedano is our favourite spot to spot wild seals, which are often seen sunbathing on rocks on a fine day. (B, L, D)

    Hiking Distance – 9km / 7.5miles
    Elevation – 190m / 623ft
    Time – 4 hours

  3. Day 3 Hiking on Rebun Island & Ferry to Rishiri Island

    This morning we will explore the southern part of Rebun Island, hiking along the Momoiwa Trail. The trail starts near the ferry terminal and takes us down to the southern tip of the island. This popular trail provides unique scenery combining the ocean, rugged coastline, neighbouring Rishiri Island and colourful flowers along the trail.

    Once we finish the walk, we will have lunch near the ferry terminal before catching an early afternoon departure for Rishiri Island. The forty-minute ferry ride takes us to a completely different landscape; Rishiri is literally an island volcano whose summit is 1,721m / 5,646ft above sea level.

    We will spend the rest of the afternoon exploring the native conifer forest at the foot of Mt Rishiri-Fuji and Himenuma, a famous little lake that reflects Mt Rishiri-Fuji on its mirror-like surface. Depending on the weather forecast for the next couple of days, we may shuffle the activities and reschedule sea kayaking for this afternoon. (B, L, D)

    Hiking Distance – 6 km / 3.7 miles
    Elevation – 250m / 820ft
    Time – 3 to 4 hours

  4. Day 4 Hiking to Mt Rishiri-Fuji

    If the weather permits, we’ll take on the challenge of climbing the 1,721m/5,645ft high Mt Rishiri, also known as Rishiri-Fuji. The island climate makes Rishiri-Fuji a difficult peak to reach as it can be extremely windy and cold at any time of year. Japanese hikers who are determined to conquer the peak often stay on the island for a week, waiting for the ideal weather conditions to hike the mountain.

    If the weather is not fit for climbing Mt Rishiri-Fuji we will aim to summit Mt Chokan, just below 1,200m/3,937ft, before retreating to the onsen hot spring at the foot of the mountain.

    Tonight we dine out at a local izakaya bar-restaurant to celebrate our final night on the island. (B, L, D)

    Hiking Distance – 13 km / 8.1 miles
    Elevation – 1,430m / 4,690ft
    Time – 9 to 10 hours

  5. Day 5 Sea Kayaking on Rishiri Island, Ferry to Wakkanai & Farewells

    This morning we will be joined by a local outdoor guide who was born and raised on Rishiri Island and knows every corner of his territory! He will be our guide for our half-day sea kayaking & fishing experience, using his fleet of double kayaks customised for fishing.

    We will paddle along the shore and explore the rocky coastline. The ocean life around Rishiri is both diverse and bountiful; we can catch fish just a stone’s throw from the shoreline.

    After sea kayaking, we will have lunch near the ferry terminal before boarding the ferry for Wakkanai in mid-afternoon. We will say our goodbyes at Wakkanai Ferry Terminal at around 4:30 pm. (B, L)

    Sea Kayaking Time – 3 hours

    Please be aware that depending on the weather and sea conditions, we may switch the programmes of Day 3-5.


Please note that the stroke on the map doesn’t indicate the actual hiking routes.

Travel to the Meeting Point

We will meet in Central Wakkanai between 12:30 pm and 1:00 pm on the first day. The closest airport to Wakkanai City is Wakkanai Airport (WKJ). The airport shuttle bus for downtown Wakkanai is scheduled to connect with all the incoming flights from Tokyo and Sapporo. The cost is 700 yen per person. It is recommended that you arrive in Wakkanai the day before the tour starts, in this case, we are more than happy to assist you with booking your pre-tour accommodation.

An alternative to flying is to travel by train (Japan Railway, abbr. JR), which travels 3 times a day between Sapporo and Wakkanai, and takes just over 5 hours. The cost is 11,090 yen for a reserved seat. Upon booking, please let us know your travel plans to Wakkanai, and we will confirm in detail where and what time we will meet on the first day.

You can search train timetables in English on Japan Transit Planner website.

Japan’s Far North Hiking & Sea Kayaking Tour Accommodation

DAY 1 Minshuku Ensuite Heated spa
DAY 2 Minshuku Ensuite Heated spa
DAY 3 Hotel Ensuite Onsen spa
DAY 4 Hotel Ensuite Onsen spa

What to Bring on your Japan Far North Hiking & Sea Kayaking Tour

Essentials

  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Mid- to high-cut hiking boots
  • Fleece or down jacket (even in the summer the temperature can drop below 10℃)
  • Thermal layers top & bottom
  • Base layers top & bottom
  • Spare pairs of socks
  • Gloves, beanie, and items to keep you warm
  • Sun hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Water bottle or hydration system (more than 2L)
  • Head torch
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medications
  • Rain cover for backpack
  • Backpack with enough capacity to carry all the above
  • Travel insurance
  • Cash in Japanese yen. Small restaurants and shops in rural parts of Japan do not accept credit cards. Lunch in general costs 1,000-1,500 yen and dinner 2,000-3,000 yen. You can withdraw cash from an ATM at a post office and 7-eleven convenience stores.

Recommended

  • Walking poles
  • Cellphone power bank
  • Snacks which you’re used to eating while hiking
  • Swim suit for brave swimmers
  • Camera

We supply

  • First-aid kit
  • Safety equipment and maps
  • Kayaking equipment, including life jackets

Please note that you will be asked to show your passport when checking in accommodation in Japan. Accommodation providers are required to take a photocopy of international visitor’s passports.

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Dates Trip Status Twin Price (PP) Single Price (PP)  
June 5, 2022 - June 9, 2022
Available
Twin Price (PP): ¥237,000
Single Price (PP): ¥256,000
July 11, 2022 - July 15, 2022
Available
Twin Price (PP): ¥237,000
Single Price (PP): ¥256,000
September 5, 2022 - September 9, 2022
Available
Twin Price (PP): ¥237,000
Single Price (PP): ¥256,000
October 3, 2022 - October 7, 2022
Available
Twin Price (PP): ¥237,000
Single Price (PP): ¥256,000