Shioya-Maruyama Hike

塩谷丸山

Posted on Jun 6, 2015
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6km

Distance

3 hours

Time

495m

Ascent

610m

Highest point

3/10

Difficulty

Best season icon (Hokkaido Wilds)
Jun-Oct

Best season

Mt. Shioya-Maryuama (629m) is an easy hike close to Sapporo City. Access is by bus or car, and makes for a nice hike through lowland bush with large expansive views over the Shakotan Peninsula at the top. It is well known in the area as a great hike for beginners as well as experienced hikers wanting a quick half-day trip. It is also a nice ski touring destination in the winter (route guide here).

Last updated Jul 20, 2019

Route Map

Need to know details

Location

This hike starts just beyond Otaru City, northwest of Sapporo City, here.

General notes
Hut

None

Route markers

The route is well-defined, and there are no junctions. Just up to the top and back again.

Route Timing
Up | 2hrs
Down | 1hrs

Transport

Public transport:

The route is accessible from the JR Shoiya station here. From the station to the trailhead (here) is about 1.5km, or about 30minutes on foot (route on Google Maps here).

By car: 

There is a carpark (here) about 500m from the trailhead (walking route on Google Maps).

Physical maps
Official Topo Map: Otaruseibu (小樽西部) – map no. NK-54-20-1-2

NOTE: The GSI 1/25000 topo map(s) above can be purchased for 350yen from Kinokuniya bookstore next to Sapporo Station or online (in Japanese).

route safety

Notify the police of your backcountry plans online using Compass – instructions here.

Weather forecast

Windy.com weather forecast for Shioya-maruyama

Onsen nearby

If you’re traveling by car, then our recommended post-hike onsen would be any of the onsen in Asari Village (here). This is a slight detour off the main road to Sapporo. Hotel Musashitei’s (here) onsen is nice (600yen per person), as is the onsen at the large Classe Hotel (here) (800yen per person).

Extra Resources

See The Hokkaido Hiking Log‘s route description for Mt. Shioya-maruyama here.

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Route Trip Notes

For most hiking enthusiasts in Sapporo City (in Hokkaido, Japan), a popular summer hiking route is the one that goes up Mt. Shioya-Maruyama. This easy route is less than two hours drive from Sapporo City, and is officially within the Otaru City limits.

For this trip, we had two cars for the group. One rented and one from one of the group. If you’ve not got a car, the official start of the hike is a 15 minute walk from the Shioya-Maruyama JR train station.

The trail starts along enclosed bush along a well-traveled trail. After less than 90 minutes, the trail opens up to views over the northern coast of the Shakotan Peninsula. On this particular day some low cloud obstructed the best of the views. The top of this low mountain is characterized by bare boulder outcrops. Perfect for a sun-soaked lunch at the top.

On this trip we spent a leisurely 45 minutes on the top before making our way down again.

The day was finished off with a pancake party at Stephanie’s place. A shoebox of an apartment in the Hokkaido University international scholars’ accommodation. We tried to make the most of the space.

A hike up Mt. Shioya Maruyama near Sapporo, Japan

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