Trail Guide within the Niseko Region for the Summer and Autumn Season

As the temperatures begin to drop after the intense heat waves we encountered this Summer, the prospect of enjoying the outdoors becomes increasingly inviting.

Exploring the beauty of nature takes on a special charm, and one of the most wonderful ways to do so is through hiking. This is especially true in the enchanting landscape of Hokkaido. To assist you in your outdoor endeavors, we've curated a selection of noteworthy hiking options within the Niseko region and relatively close to Ki Niseko. These trails cater to various preferences, spanning from routes suitable for families seeking leisurely strolls to those yearning for more daring and exhilarating journeys.

Walking Trails and Parks


Shinsen numa

"This is the place where Gods and immortals exist" - Toyomatsu Shimoda, co-founder of the Boy Scouts in Japan, aptly captured the essence of the Niseko Range.

This quote encapsulated his choice to name the marsh, Shinsen-numa (Shinsen means ‘God and immortals’, while numa means ‘marsh’ in Japanese).

Sharing in the delight of the natural elements of Shinsen-numa is extremely accessible with the wooden footpaths, making it a perfect walk for the whole family (children and grandparents). Various ponds are sprinkled along the trail showcasing unique reflections of their surroundings.

Location: Google Maps


The word Kagami means ‘mirror’ in Japanese. This is reflected in the crystal-clear waters of the natural pond located in the wetland marsh just beneath Mount Annupuri.

It takes 45 minutes (570-metre elevation) to get to the marsh. The gradient of the slope is pretty mellow for the most part but increases significantly during the last 5 minutes of the hike. It culminates in gorgeous views of silver birches, Japanese maple trees, and Mount Annupuri reflected on the mirrored surface of the pond, decorated by the presence of blue and red dragonflies.

Location: Google Maps

Lake Hangetsu

Lake Hangetsu

Lake Hangetsu is a volcanic lake located at the base of Mount Yotei and named after its half-moon shape. As a prominent destination in Niseko, get lost in the large oak trees and wild flora. Local fauna like woodpeckers and chipmunks may be found throughout the woods.

There is a 3.1 km trail loop and a promenade that takes you to the shore of the lake. It takes around 15 to 20 minutes to reach the lakeside, and 55 minutes to complete the whole loop. Proper walking shoes are recommended especially after rain. Elevation gain is around 111 metres.

Location: Google Maps

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Asahigaoka Park

This park is perfect for family picnics and is equipped with campgrounds and playgrounds, making it an ideal spot for the whole family to enjoy. There is a well-maintained footpath that is great for small children to walk along as you take in the sights from the top of the former ski jump.

Location: Google Maps

Hiking Trails


Niseko Annupuri Hike

Mount Niseko Annupuri is one of the main ski resorts in the Niseko and is considered to be the peak of the Niseko volcanic group. Known to be relatively challenging, this 5 km hike takes an average of 2 hours and 46 minutes to complete.

The trailhead is also at Goshiki Onsen, so you can relax in the outdoor baths after appreciating the beauty at the summit of Niseko’s mountain range.

Location: Google Maps

More information: AllTrails


Iwaonupuri Hike

Like Chisenupuri, Iwaonupuri is derived from the Ainu iwao-nupuri, which means ‘sulphur mountain’. As its name suggests, volcanic ash and yellow sulphuric crystals can be found scattered across its slopes. The hike is 4.8 km long with a 350 m elevation gain and takes around 2 hours to complete.

Enjoy the panoramic views of Hokkaido as you walk along the horseshoe-shaped crater at the summit. The trailhead is at Goshiki Onsen, featuring an outdoor bath overlooking the mountain, which makes it a relaxing bonus after completing the hike.

Location: Google Maps

More information: AllTrails, Mountains of Hokkaido


Chisenupuri Hiking

Chisenupuri’s name originates from chise-nupuri meaning ‘house[shaped] mountain’ in the Ainu language. The shape of the mountain resembles that of the old Ainu sasa bamboo and reeds thatched homes.

There are two entrances to Chisenupuri, but we recommend starting at the Shinsen-numa marsh entrance on the Niseko Panorama Line. When you reach the summit of the mountain, take in the breathtaking views of the nearby peaks of Mount Mekunnuai-dake and Shakunage-dake.

Location: Google Maps

More Information: Mountains of Hokkaido


Mt Shirakaba Shakunage numa Hike Shakunage numa

Shirakabayama is a minor peak in the Niseko range with an altitude of 959 metres, which makes it a relatively easy climb. It usually takes around 2.5 hours to make it to the summit and back. The trailhead is located at Niimi Pass and lies at the border between Ranpetsu and Kyowa Town.

Location: Google Maps

Mount Yotei: Makkari Trail

Mount Yotei

It’s hard to miss Mount Yotei during a visit to Niseko. As the most prominent stratovolcano in the region with an elevation of 1,898 metres, it’s sometimes called Ezo Fuji due to its resemblance to Mount Fuji.

The Makkari trail may be the least technical trail of the four leading to the summit. Though considered challenging, it’s a popular hiking trail that is 13.7 km long and takes an average of 7 hours and 48 minutes to finish.

Once at the peak, you will be rewarded with unique viewpoints from the elliptical crater, with an environment full of alpine plants and wildlife.

Location: Google Maps

More Information: AllTrails, Hikes in Japan, Mountains of Hokkaido