Kamuishiri-yama Day Hike

神威尻山 | Kamuy-sir-nupuri

Posted on Sep 19, 2018

Posted on Sep 19, 2018

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Kamuishiri-yama (神威尻山, 947m) is an unassuming peak about 2 hours north of Sapporo City. It’s a popular one for a couple of reasons. First, the loop-trail is well maintained, with well-spaced steps on the steeper sections. Secondly, it allows access to the range of mountains approaching Mt. Shokanbetsu (暑寒別岳) and Mt. Pinneshiri (ピンネシリ山) without the arduous approach. Expect expansive views along the ridgelines.

Last updated Jul 13, 2021

Route Map

Need to know details


This route is at the southern end of the Mashike Range, and just west of Mt. Pinneshiri, which overlooks the Takikawa Plains, about 60km north of Sapporo City.

General notes

The route is well marked and well defined. Note that there is an ‘A’ and ‘B’ route to the summit. Take either of them up, and the other one down, to avoid back-tracking.

Route Timing
Up | 3hrs
Down | 2hrs

About 3 hours from trailhead to summit, and 2 hours back down to the carpark.


There are only sporadic route markers, but the trail is well defined.


Public transport:

This route is not accessible by public transport.

By car: 

There is a large parking area in front of the Domin-no-mori Campground (location).



Physical maps
GSI Topo Map: Pinneshiri (ピンネシリ) – map no. NK-54-13-8-1
GSI Topo Map 2: Minami-horoka (南幌加) – map no. NK-54-13-7-2

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

route safety

Much of the route is on ridgelines, which are quite exposed. Make sure to bring plenty of water – there isn’t much shade up on the tops

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Weather forecast

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Onsen nearby

If you are headed back to Sapporo, there is a nice onsen in Tsukigata Town – the Tsukigata Yurikago Onsen near the campground (here).

Extra Resources

Guide Options

If you’d like to hike this route and/or explore other areas of central Hokkaido with a local certified guide, then contact Jun Ishiguro. He’s a JMGA (Japan Mountain Guides Association) mountain guide on the board of directors of the Hokkaido Mountain Guides Association (HMGA). As a senior figure in the Hokkaido guiding scene, and with extensive experience, he can tailor trips to your needs. See a full list of English-speaking Hokkaido Mountain Guides Association (HMGA) guides on the HMGA website here

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Route Trip Notes

Sep 19, 2018


Mt. Kamuishiri wasn’t really on our radar for a day hike, but some friends were heading up there, so we joined them on a whim. We’re glad we did, because the trail offered some massive views once it got up onto the ridgelines. To get there on the A-trail takes a while though, with some solid ups and downs.
Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan
Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan
Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan

The summit of Mt. Kamuishiri is a grandiose one. An embossed metal plate sits embedded in concrete, and points out the surrounding peaks. A summer haze prevented us from seeing much of those larger peaks to the east and north, so we gobbled some lunch and started on down the B-course. This would take us on a loop back to our starting point.

Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan
Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan
Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan
Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan
Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan
Hiking Mt. Kamuishiri in Hokkaido, Japan

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GRADES range from A (very difficult) to D (easy). Hazards include exposure to avalanche and fall risk. More details here. Rating rubric adapted from Hokkaido Yukiyama Guidebook 北海道雪山ガイド.