The Hangetsu Lake circuit track is a popular spot for snowshoe tours. For the throngs of Niseko visitors who have never seen snow before, it is the perfect spot to experience Hokkaido’s winter nature. It is also a fun circuit to do on skis, in order to kill some time when Mt. Yotei may not be suitable for climbing, or the weather is otherwise inclement at higher altitudes.
The track itself will likely be hard-packed, having had at least a few snow shoe tours across it per day. Best to forge your own route through the trees. You’d have to try very hard to get lost.
The track climbs slightly towards the northeast of the lake, before heading down again towards the carpark. Be ready to jump out of the snowshoe track as you’re racing down the roller-coaster.