About Us
@ The Hokkaido Wilds

About Us

The Hokkaido Wilds is an award-winning not-for-profit website that exists to inspire people to explore and enjoy Hokkaido’s extraordinary outdoors by ski, bicycle, foot and canoe in an informed and responsible way.

Founded in November 2018 by a Hokkaido resident from New Zealand, and supported by a number of Hokkaido local tourism associations and NGOs, we currently have 55 ski touring routes, 42 bicycle touring routes, 42 hiking routes, and 17 canoe routes on the site, with one new route added weekly. We also have detailed information about 28 backcountry huts in Hokkaido available for use by the public. All route documentation, from planning, photography, to written details, is researched and produced by the volunteer HokkaidoWilds.org team (see them below).

HokkaidoWilds.org Goals
By 2025, our goal is to have written detailed online routes guides for the following in Hokkaido and surrounding areas: 150 ski touring routes, 120 hiking routes, 50 canoe routes, and 120 bikepacking/cycle touring routes. Our aim is for at least half of those routes to be multi-day routes.

What’s special about Hokkaido?
We agree with others that Hokkaido is Japan’s adventure capital of Japan. It’s Japan’s largest and northern-most island, and at about 500km from north to south and east to west, Hokkaido covers an only slightly less than Iceland. Best known for its apocalyptic powder-snow winters, it’s also home to vast networks of remote gravel forestry roads, great high-alpine traverse hiking, and pristine waterways. Historically, culturally, geographically and climate-wise, it sits at the southern reaches of the great Okhotsk basin – Kamchatka, Siberia, the Kurils, Sakhalin, Hokkaido. For the prepared traveler, expedition-style travel here is well within the realm of feasibility.

Indigenous place names: HokkaidoWilds.org is committed to acknowledging the historical and contemporary indigenous Ainu heritage of Hokkaido. On all new mountain, river, and lake routes posted on the site, Ainu names for the destination are included and feature prominently. We’re also working on updating older posts with Ainu place names.

What does HokkaidoWilds.org provide?
At Hokkaido Wilds we take pride in going beyond just inspiring Instagram photos. We strive to provide the sort of depth of information that makes adventure in Hokkaido truly accessible.

  •  Location-based search (find routes near you).
  • Route guides plus photos.
  • GPX and KML route files for GPS navigation.
  • Printable GeoPDF topographical maps – can also be used for navigation using smartphone apps.
  • Official topo map references.
  • Trailhead locations including public transport information.
  • Hokkaido mountain hut information (https://hokkaidowilds.org/huts).
  • Campsite locations and details.
  • Onsen hotsprings nearby each trailhead and campsite.
  • Safety tips and frequently asked questions, etc.

Hokkaido Wilds is a non-profit initiative
In order to support Hokkaido local groups and organizations achieve the goal of providing sustainable, responsible, and safe access to the Hokkaido outdoors, we are pledging 100% of revenue from the Hokkaido Wilds website to a fund dedicated to financial support for those groups.

Keeping Safe in the Hokkaido Outdoors

Hokkaido Wilds Updates and Press Releases

HokkaidoWilds.orgとは、北海道のアウトドア情報を英語で発信し、日本国内外の英語話者に情報を十分揃った上で北海道の素晴らしいアウトドアを楽しもうという狙いで、任意団体「Hokkaido Wilds」が2018年11月1日に立ち上げた非営利ウェブサイトです。

これまで道内の山スキールート(55本)、自転車ツーリングルート(42本)、登山ルート(42本)、カヌールート(17本)、道内の山小屋(28件)を英語で紹介してきました。すべてのルートガイドは計画から執筆まで(写真などを含む)、Hokkaido Wildsのチームがプロデュースしています。ルート案内などの投稿はおおよそ一週間に一本といったペースで公開しています。

取組の目標
2025年までに北海道の隅々まで、山スキールート150本、登山ルート120本、カヌーツーリングルート50本、自転車ツーリングルート120本の掲載を目標としています。その半数以上を、一泊以上の本格的なアドベンチャーに値するルートにすることを目標にしています。

北海道というロケーションの魅力
日本のアドベンチャーツーリズムを代表する北海道は、ワイルドな旅を求む欧米豪新のインバウンド・アドベンチャー・ツーリストにかなりの魅力があり、そういった冒険旅行者の数が爆発的に増えているため、北海道ならではの冒険に関する充実した情報を発信していきます。

Hokkaido Wildsが提供する情報
HokkaidoWilds.orgでは、Instagram(https://instagram.com/hokkaidowilds)などで写真を利用して国内外の読者にアドベンチャーの刺激を与えることは一つの目的ですが、それに留まらず、天気予報へのリンク、川水位のライブ情報やウェブカメラ映像、GPSファイル、印刷できて自分の現在位置がわかるGeoPDF地形図、公共交通機関に関する情報など、アウトドアのエキスパートでも求む情報を掲載し、細かく情報提供しています。北海道で活動するプロのガイドも参考にするウェブサイトです。

  • 山スキー(バックカントリースキー)、登山、カヌーのルート案内投稿には必ずPDF地形図を用意している。利用者が自由にダウンロードし印刷でき、山や川に携帯できるように作っている。元の地図データは国土交通省国土地理院提供の公共地図データです。2019年10月からは、スマホアプリで利用者が自分の現在位置をPDF地図上でわかるように、GeoPDF機能も提供している。
  • スマホ用の地図アプリなどで利用できるGPSファイルを提供。
  • 北海道の気象、山岳安全情報(登山届の提出方法など)、登山のマナーなどに関する「教育」投稿を定期的に公開(https://hokkaidowilds.org/education)。
  • 川のルートに関しては、国土交通省の一般公開水位データやライブウェブカム画像(http://www.river.go.jp)を各ルートガイドのページに表示し、随時更新するようにシステム構築。
  • 北海道警察が公開する道内の山岳遭難情報を英訳し、サイトに公開(https://hokkaidowilds.org/sar-incidents)。
  • 各ルートページに、特に注意が必要なところに関する言及。

HokkaidoWilds.orgは非営利ウェブサイト
HokkaidoWilds.orgは、非営利の取組です。ウェブサイトから得られるすべての収益は、道内の山岳自然保全、山岳利活用の持続可能性、山岳安全などを目的とした団体へ寄付する方針です(現在は非営利型一般社団法人へ向けて準備中です:https://hokkaidowilds.org/foundation)。

北海道のアウトドアをより安全に楽しむための基本編

実績やPR書類など

本サイトの連絡先

ザ北海道ワイルズに関するお問い合わせはトムソン・ロバートへお願いします(rob@hokkaidowilds.org – 日本語可)。FacebookInstagramTwitterでも連絡が付きます。

Authors

Rob Thomson is a Kiwi, and founded The Hokkaido Wilds as a space on the web for his Hokkaido adventure stories, originally posted on 14degrees.org. He still holds the Guinness World Record for the Longest Journey by Skateboard (12,159km). He also previously cycled 12,000km from Japan to Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science, and currently works at Hokusei Gakuen University in Sapporo City as an Assistant Professor in Media and Communications (lab website).

Haidee is a Kiwi, and has lived in Hokkaido for almost 10 years, having lived and worked in Sapporo, Niseko, Muroran, and Chitose City. Keen on the outdoors and birdwatching, Haidee planned most of the multi-day cycle touring routes on The Hokkaido Wilds, including campgrounds, daily distances, and onsen hotsprings. Haidee is an assistant professor of applied linguistics at Hokusei University.

Rick is originally from the UK and has lived and worked in Japan for 20 years, 10 of those in Hokkaido. In that time he has hiked, biked and skied over much of the island. He’s also an anthropologist who spent his early career working with the Ainu indigenous people of Hokkaido. Even before his adventures in Hokkaido, he had passed more years than he would like to remember tramping the bogs of his native Peak District and the wild hills of Scotland, and trekking in the mountains of Europe and the Himalayas.

Chris Auld is a Kiwi (from Rotorua, NZ) living in Asia. As a whitewater kayaker, mountain biker and skier with a cabin in Hokkaido he’s keen to share both high adventure and family fun trips here on Hokkaido Wilds. Chris is a qualified ski guide, avalanche and whitewater rescue technician, outdoor first-aider and he makes a mean backcountry jet-boil wagyu shabu-shabu.

Rob Thomson is a Kiwi, and founded The Hokkaido Wilds as a space on the web for his Hokkaido adventure stories, originally posted on 14degrees.org. He still holds the Guinness World Record for the Longest Journey by Skateboard (12,159km). He also previously cycled 12,000km from Japan to Switzerland. He holds a Ph.D. in Behavioral Science, and currently works at Hokusei Gakuen University in Sapporo City as an assistant professor in media and communications (specializing in Internet pschology – lab website).

Haidee is a Kiwi, and has lived in Hokkaido for almost 10 years, having lived and worked in Sapporo, Niseko, Muroran, and Chitose City. Keen on the outdoors and birdwatching, Haidee planned most of the multi-day cycle touring routes on The Hokkaido Wilds, including campgrounds, daily distances, and onsen hotsprings. Haidee is an assistant professor of applied linguistics at Hokusei University Junior College.

Rick is originally from the UK and has lived and worked in Japan for 20 years, 10 of those in Hokkaido. In that time he has hiked, biked and skied over much of the island. He’s also an anthropologist who spent his early career working with the Ainu indigenous people of Hokkaido. Even before his adventures in Hokkaido, he had passed more years than he would like to remember tramping the bogs of his native Peak District and the wild hills of Scotland, and trekking in the mountains of Europe and the Himalayas.

Chris Auld is a Kiwi (from Rotorua, NZ) living in Asia. As a whitewater kayaker, mountain biker and skier with a cabin in Hokkaido he’s keen to share both high adventure and family fun trips here on Hokkaido Wilds. Chris is a qualified ski guide, avalanche and whitewater rescue technician, outdoor first-aider and he makes a mean backcountry jet-boil wagyu shabu-shabu.

Rob Thomson is a Kiwi, and founded The Hokkaido Wilds. He still holds the Guinness World Record for the Longest Journey by Skateboard (12,159km).

Haidee is a Kiwi, and has lived in Hokkaido for almost 10 years. She is the brains behind planning of most of the multi-day cycle touring routes on The Hokkaido Wilds.

Rick is originally from the UK and has lived and worked in Japan for 20 years, 10 of those in Hokkaido. In that time he has hiked, biked and skied over much of the island. He’s also an anthropologist who spent his early career working with the Ainu indigenous people of Hokkaido. Even before his adventures in Hokkaido, he had passed more years than he would like to remember tramping the bogs of his native Peak District and the wild hills of Scotland, and trekking in the mountains of Europe and the Himalayas.

Chris Auld is a Kiwi (from Rotorua, NZ) living in Asia. As a whitewater kayaker, mountain biker and skier with a cabin in Hokkaido he’s keen to share both high adventure and family fun trips here on Hokkaido Wilds. Chris is a qualified ski guide, avalanche and whitewater rescue technician, outdoor first-aider and he makes a mean backcountry jet-boil wagyu shabu-shabu.

Contributors

Contributors are those who have helped The Hokkaido Wilds happen with photos, know-how, gear and stories. We’re super proud of the international team of contributors, without whom this site would waay less interesting.

Greg and Mari - Hokkaido Wilds Canoe Advisors

Greg (CA) and Mari (JP)

Greg and Mari are one of the most prolific Canadian canoeing couples in Hokkaido, with a host of multi-day canoe trips under their belt. Hokkaido Wilds leans heavily on their experience and knowledge when planning canoe trips.

Domi is an award-winning graphic designer, based in Poland. She’s also a passionate outdoors-person. She created the look-and-feel/visual branding of the Hokkaido Wilds, along with custom graphics.

Guide House Canoa is a Canadian canoe guiding service on Lake Shikotsu in Hokkaido. They ooze passion for everything canoeing. They provided us with two amazing Nova Craft Prospector 16 canoes for our Hokkaido canoeing project.

Micro Raft Systems (MRS) is a premium packraft manufacturer based in China’s wild and mountainous Sichuan Province. MRS provides us with lightweight durable gear to explore Hokkaido’s remote waterways.

A.k.a. The Hokkaido Bush Pig. As the most experienced and prolific foreign mountain guide Hokkaido has known, Leon provided a wealth of insight early on when we were starting our Hokkaido exploring. He now lives in New Zealand.