Mt. Kamuishiri-yama Day Hike


Kamuishiri-yama (神威尻山, 947m) is an unassuming peak about 2 hours north of Sapporo City. It’s a popular one for a couple of reasons. First, the loop-trail is well maintained, with well-spaced steps on the steeper sections. Secondly, it allows access to the range of mountains approaching Mt. Shokanbetsu (暑寒別岳) and Mt. Pinneshiri (ピンネシリ山) without the arduous approach. Expect expansive views along the ridgelines.

Route GPS File

Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan

Essential details


9km
Distance


5 hours
Time


700m
Ascent


947m
Highest point


4.5/10
Difficulty


May-Jul
Best Season

Need-to-Know Details

  • Location: This route is at the southern end of the Mashike Range, and just west of Mt. Pinneshiri, which overlooks the Takikawa Plains, about 60km north of Sapporo City.
  • General notes: The route is well marked and well defined. Note that there is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ route to the summit. Take either of them up, and the other one down, to avoid back-tracking.
  • Route markers: There are only sporadic route markers, but the trail is well defined.
  • Transport
    • Public transport: This route is not accessible by public transport.
    • By car: There is a large parking area in front of the Domin-no-mori Campground (location).
  • Paper topographical maps: For topographical maps, you can either print out this map (or adjust to your liking here – the Mt. Kamuishiri-yama summit is in the cross-hairs – see printing instructions here), or buy the following 1/25000 paper topo maps (for 350yen) from a bookstore in Sapporo (such as Kinokuniya next to Sapporo Station or online in Japanese).
  • Route safety: Much of the route is on ridgelines, which are quite exposed. Make sure to bring plenty of water – there isn’t much shade up on the tops.
  • Weather forecast: Windy pointpoint weather for Mt. Kamuishiri-yama here
  • Other resources
    • No other resources that I know of.
  • Onsen neaby: If you are headed back to Sapporo, there is a nice onsen in Tsukigata Town – the Tsukigata Yurikago Onsen near the campground (here).
  • Date visited: 2nd August, 2014

See the Hokkaido Hiking page for more trips and tips
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Trip Report

Mt. Kamuishiri wasn’t really on our radar for a day hike, but some friends were heading up there, so we joined them on a whim. We’re glad we did, because the trail offered some massive views once it got up onto the ridgelines. To get there on the A-trail takes a while though, with some solid ups and downs.

Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan

Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan

Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan

The summit of Mt. Kamuishiri is a grandiose one. An embossed metal plate sits embedded in concrete, and points out the surrounding peaks. A summer haze prevented us from seeing much of those larger peaks to the east and north, so we gobbled some lunch and started on down the B-course. This would take us on a loop back to our starting point.

Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan

Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan

Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan

Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan

Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan

Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan

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