5 days
Activity Level
★★★☆☆
Kayaking
3 hours

Japan’s Far North 5-day Hiking, Sea Kayaking & Cycling Tour

Japan's northernmost National Park, Rishiri-Rebun-Sarobetsu, is a treasure chest full of off the beaten path adventures and the distinctive natural beauty that this subarctic region of Hokkaido has to offer. From its wild coastlines to mountain landscapes, Japan's northern frontier will quench your thirst for adventure - this is a once a lifetime experience! 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.

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Wakkanai city, Rebun town, Rishiri town, Rishirifuji town

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No. EM000026 Japan’s Far North 5-day Hiking, Sea Kayaking & Cycling Tour

Area Wakkanai city, Rebun town, Rishiri town, Rishirifuji town
Length 5 days
Price From JPY 550,000
Season June - October
Group size Minimum: 4 Maximum: 10
Activity level 3*★★★☆☆
Activities • Mountain climbing
• Nature Walking
• Sea Kayaking
• Cycling
Meeting point • Wakkanai Airport(WKJ) or JR Wakkanai Station
Price includes • 4 nights accommodation
• 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
• Return ferries from/to Wakkanai
• All the activity fees mentioned in the itinerary
• Rental bike (hybrid with flat handlebar or road bike with drop bar handle)
• Other bike accessories 
• All transport as described in the itinerary 
• Snacks and refreshments
• English speaking guides & mechanics
• Spare parts and mechanic services
• Support vehicle(s)
Clothing • Adequate cycling clothing & high visibility items
• Waterproof jacket and pants
• Walking/Hiking shoes (ideally the ones you can pedal in comfortably)
• Footwear that you don't mind getting wet for kayaking
• Fleece jacket (even in the summer the temperature can drop below 15℃/60℉)
• Base layers top & bottom
• Beanie, and other items to keep you warm
• Sun hat
Items to bring • Sunscreen
• Water bottle or hydration system of more than 1.5L
• Toiletries
• Personal medications
• Rain cover for backpack
• Backpack with enough capacity to carry all the above
• Sunglasses
• Travel insurance

Traveler’s Digest

DAY 1

This tour kicks off in Wakkanai, the northernmost city in Hokkaido and Japan. Your group will meet at around 1:30pm in Central Wakkanai. Once everyone is together, we will hold a short meeting to introduce ourselves and brief everyone on our upcoming adventure before we catch a ferry to Rebun Island. In just under 2 hours we will arrive at Rebun, nicknamed “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. In September we will be able to enjoy our island adventure in peace, the remnants of summer can still be felt in the warm water and long twilight. We will drive north to explore the scenic Cape Sukoton and its rocky shore, before checking into our lodgings in time for sunset. Our accommodation is located on the coastal road overlooking the sea, where we enjoy our first evening meal together. The meal will consist of raw & cooked seafood, vegetables, rice and soup, in the style resembling Kaiseki Ryori, a traditional Japanese multi-course meal.

DAY 2

After having the traditional Japanese breakfast at our accommodation, we set off on the Momoiwa Trail for our first hike, which lasts for about 3 hours. This trail is one of the most popular and accessible on Rebun Island, as the trailhead is located within walking distance from the ferry terminal. The trail reaches out to the southern tip of the island, providing unique scenery with stunning views of the ocean, rugged coastline, and the twin islands of Rishiri-Fuji rising out of the sea only 20km/12miles away. We will be escorted by the Rebun resident hiking guide so there will be plenty of opportunities to learn about the flora, fauna and life on Rebun Island. Once we complete the walk, we will be transferred by van to the ferry terminal to catch an early afternoon departure for Rishiri Island. The forty minute ferry ride takes us to a completely different landscape as Rishiri is literally an island volcano with a peak marked at 1,721m / 5,646ft. After checking into our home for the three nights, there is an option to go out for a stroll to Cape Peshi, a little peninsula with a height of 90m/295ft, safeguarding the port. We will have dinner at our accommodation, prepared by our host using fresh seafood caught around the island. Mr Toshiya Watanabe, the owner of our accommodation “Rera mosir”, is an outdoor guide who was born and raised on Rishiri Island and knows every corner of his territory! He will share his adventure stories and his favourite playground with us over the next two days.

DAY 3

Toshiya, the owner of our accommodation will be the leader guide for our half-day sea kayaking & fishing experience, using his fleet of three double kayaks which have been customized for fishing. Today we will split into two groups, one group to sea kayak in the morning and hike in the afternoon, and another group to do the same activities in reverse order. The ocean life around Rishiri is rich in diversity as well as in volume, we won’t need to go far offshore to catch fish so we’ll stay close to the shore and explore the rocky coast. On land we will walk for about 4 hours in the native conifer forest at the foot of Mt Rishiri-Fuji to the famous Himenuma, a little mirror lake which reflects the figure of Rishiri-Fuji on its surface. Tonight we dine out at a local bar restaurant to experience the island nightlife. 

DAY 4

While Rebun Island is a paradise for hikers, Rishiri is a heaven for cyclists! The island is just under 60km/37miles in circumference and the coastal road goes all the way around the island. What’s even more special are the purpose built cycling paths which go on for approximately 25km/15miles including several viaducts providing spectacular views of the valleys and ocean. The paths were originally built as an emergency escape route for residents in case of tsunami, which explains their height and ample width, coincidentally and thankfully for us, making perfect cycling infrastructure. The sight of Mt Rishiri, also known as Rishiri-Fuji due to its resemblance to Mt Fuji, doubles the enjoyment of cycling on this island. Back at our accommodation, we celebrate the completion of our Northern Island hopping adventure over a farewell dinner.

DAY 5

Today, our last day, is also a transfer day. At 8:30 am we will board a ferry, which arrives at Wakkanai at 10:10 am.

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