Mt. Shakotan and Shakotan Hut Hiking

Posted on Sep 19, 2018
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Posted on Sep 19, 2018

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12km

Distance

7 hours

Time

800m

Ascent

1255m

Highest point

6/10

Difficulty

Mt. Shakotan (積丹岳, 1,255m) is the towering peak that dominates the peninsula northwest of Sapporo bearing its name - the Shakotan Peninsula. Mt. Shakotan's peak offers 360-degree views across the Japan Sea, Mt. Yotei, the Niseko Range, and the Rumoi Ranges. It is also a popular ski touring destination in the spring skiing season. In the summer hiking season, hikers enjoy gorgeous gnarled white birch forests and towering black pines along the way to the summit.

Last updated Jan 29, 2019

Route Map

Need to know details

Location

This hike is located on the Shakotan Peninsula to the northwest of Sapporo City. The hike itself starts from the Shakotan Hut, accessible by a rough dirt road.

General notes

Mt. Shakotan is a popular destination but shouldn’t be underestimated. The approach is long, and the track involves plenty of crouching and ducking a number of low-lying trees.

Other attractions in the area include the historic Nikka Whiskey Yoichi Distillery (location) is on the way back to Sapporo (near the Yoichi JR Train Station), and they offer free tastings. Very much worth a visit!

Hut

Shakotan Hut (full details here)

Shakotan Hut provides an excellent base from which to explore peaks such as Mt. Shakotan-dake (積丹岳 – 1,255m) or Mt. Yobetsu (余別岳 – 1,298m) on the Shakotan Peninsula. You can drive there in summer, and in winter, it’s about 40 minutes from the end of the snow-cleared section of dirt road. Shakotan Hut is a public-transport accessible hut, free to use for overnight stays. As far as Hokkaido mountain huts go, it is a luxurious one – running spring water, a kerosene stove, and a large tatami living area.

Route markers

There are very few route markers, however the trail is well defined and easy to follow.

Route Timing

Up | 5hrs
Down | 3hrs

In summer, the route starts at the hut. It is a fairly long approach, so you’ll want to bank on up to 5 hours from hut to summit, and another 3 hours from summit back to the hut.

Transport

Public transport:

You’ll want to catch the Number 21 bus from Yoichi JR Station, bound for Cape Kamuisaki, and get off at the bus stop called tozan-guchi (登山口) which is stop number 52 (counting from Otaru Station). Bus stop location is around 43.308076, 140.553185, and will likely take around an hour from Yoichi Station. Check at tourist info at Sapporo Station before you head off for season timetable information. From there, it will be about an hour’s walk to the hut along a paved road at first, then becoming a gravel road.

By car: 

In summer, there is a large area next to the hut to park cars. There’s enough room for at least 15 cars.

Physical maps

Official Topo Map: Yobetsu (余別) – map no. NK-54-20-9-1
Official Topo Map 2: Mikuni (美国) – map no. NK-54-20-5-3

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

Police notification: Fill your police notification out online using Compass – instructions here

Weather forecast

Windy.com weather forecast for Shakotan

Onsen nearby

Shakotan Onsen (location), 10km further around the cape, is highly recommended for its spectacular outdoor pools. Furubira Onsen (location), is also nice, and it’s on the way back to Sapporo, and has an ocean-view outdoor bath.

Extra Resources
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