We had arrived at Shikotsuko Lake, in Southern Hokkaido. This was a hurried walk which gave us a real workout in a short time. For walkers with more time to spare, it would provide a gentle half-day climb to a fine viewpoint along a quiet tarmac roadway, through attractive woodland, returning the same way. Direct access from Shikotsu Kohan village. It would probably be suitable for the disabled, with assistance.
- Most memorable for us was turning an easy hillwalk into a challenge, and succeeding!
- The best bits were the glimpse of the woodpecker, and the hot onsen afterwards.
- The worst bit was missing out on a view to reward our efforts.
- Funny moments? The whole think was a bit ridiculous.
- No words of warning are necessary for this walk. No scary bits.
- We didn’t really expect to get to the top and back in time.
- What had we never seen before? The meal we enjoyed afterwards – wonderful.
Other walks from Shikotsu-ko:
- Tarumaesan and Fuppushidake (a young volcano and an older dormant one)
- Eniwadake (a steep climb up an active volcano through thick forests)
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne< Back to Japan page for links to other stories
|Location||Shikotsu-Toya National Park, Hokkaido|
|Date walked||July 2003|
|Walk type||Countryside and easy hill walks|
|Difficulty||Requires a reasonable level of fitness|
|Distance||10 km / 6 miles|
|Height climbed||600m / 2000 ft|
|Time taken||3 hrs 0 mins|
|Map used||?Attack? 1:25,000 Shikotsu map|
|Walk source info||Route marked on map National Park Centre in Shikotsu Kohan|
|Getting there||Train Sapporro ? Chitose Bus Chitose ? Shikotsu Kohan|
|Places to stay||Several hotels and guest houses in the area. ?Lapland? highly recommended|