Niseko is a major hiking destination and there are trails for everyone, from short one-hour walks for younger families to ambitious climbs in the mountains. Spring, Summer or Autumn, the forests and mountains are alive with wildlife and wildflowers making a hike especially enjoyable.
Tanuki Lodge is closest to Mt Annupuri which can be climbed either from the Hirafu Gondola, the Goshiki Onsen or the Niseko Annupuri Gondola. You can even climb up one trail and come back down another.
Mt. Yotei is one of Japan’s top 100 famed mountains and there are three different ways to climb to the crater from either Kutchan, Makkari or Kimobetsu. A more demanding climb, it will take up to five hours to reach the summit. During the summer, the summit flowers are in full bloom, and you’ll find birds and beautiful clouds around – the climb is worth it!
Within a short distance of Tanuki Lodge you’ll found several spots where walking tracks lead off into the birch forests. Spring is a favourite walking season here, just remember to bring your bear bells.
If you climb Mt.Yotei, make sure to consult with a guide or someone who knows the mountain. There’s very little water on the mountain once the snow fields melt in the early summer, so be sure to take at least two litres of water with you.
In addition there are trails around Hangetsu Lake and Shinsen Numa pond, and at the foot of Mt. Annupuri, such as the “Haru-no-Taki (Spring waterfall) course” and the “Koubou course.”
Trail running along mountains and through the woods has been getting more and more popular in the last few years. In addition to the above courses, the trail to Kagami-numa from the Tokyu Golf Course parking lot is highly recommended. If you’re looking for a challenge, why not try the NAC Trail Run event on Mt. Annupuri?
You can check out some of the local trails in more detail here.