Sapporo to the Sea Micro Adventure 海へのマイクロアドベンチャー


Posted on Sep 30, 2011
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A few weeks ago, two fellow students here at Hokkaido University and I walked from the uni to the closest coast. That's 15km in one direction. We stayed the night on the beach, and then walked back the next day. I never knew walking could be so painful...

Last updated Apr 2, 2019

Route Map

Need to know details


This urban hiking route starts at Hokkaido University (here), just north of Sapporo Station, and heads to Ishikari Bay, following Shin-kawa river (新川) on the way there, and Yasuharu River (安春川) on the way back.

General notes

See the route notes below.




This route is not marked.

Route Timing
Up | 5hrs
Down | 5hrs

The time it takes to complete this circuit will really depend on how accustomed you are with walking on pavement. Including breaks, it is probably wise to allow around 4 hours each way.


Public transport:

You could also start this route from Sapporo JR Station. That will add about 4km to the total distance.

By car: 

There is no parking at Hokkaido University.

Physical maps
Official Topo Map: Sapporo Hokubu (札幌北部) – map no. NK-54-14-10-3
Official Topo Map 2: Zenibako (銭函) – map no. NK-54-14-14-1

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

Weather forecast weather forecast for Ishikari Beach

Onsen nearby

On the way back, you’ll be passing very close to Shinkawa Ichi-no-Yu onsen (here). 440yen per person.

Extra Resources
No extra English resources that we know of. If you know of any, please let us know in the comments.

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Route Trip Notes


Location: Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan
Date: Mid-September
Route: From Hokkaido University to Ishikari Bay, following Shin-kawa river on the way there, and Yasuharu River on the way back.







大まかなルート: Google Maps


  • 行き道と帰り道は違っていなければならないこと。
  • 以前にいったことがないところで、外で寝ること(できれば、テントなしで)。
  • 必ず海に入ること。
  • 各自でなんらかな形で、その体験を記録すること。
  • リュック
  • 寝袋
  • 寝袋カバー(プラスチックシートなど)
  • マット
  • 懐中電灯
  • 雨具
  • あったかい帽子
  • 夜のための暖かい服
  • 調理しなくてもいい食べ物・飲み物
  • 水筒
  • 歯ブラッシュと歯磨き粉
  • 焚き火のためのライター
  • ノート(日記を書くため)
  • カメラ(携帯電話でもOK)

In English – What is adventure?

When we were children, every day was an adventure. Every day there was something new. Something to explore. Something unknown. Something to expand our horizons. As we grew older and our surroundings became familiar, our immediate horizons becoming clearly defined, many of us accepted these surroundings. We settled on a comfortable reality. Gone was the need for adventure. This version of reality, we came to believe, was universal and safe and calm. But with this belief came a lie. A lie that said there is nothing new yet to see. A lie that said that adventure was either impractical or impossible. And as the lie seeped into our bones, creativity, life, and zest cowered within the depths of our souls, afraid to bathe in the light of a more fulfilling take on reality. A reality in which curiosity and creativity shines. A reality where risk is beautiful, and horizons are boundless. Humanity is embraced in this reality. Suffering, joy, fatigue, life. All colors of existence are experienced and drawn upon, with the grand effect of empowering the individual and communities to recreate visions of humanity with open-mindedness as the norm.

Japan needs this. Japan needs a generation of young people who are adventurous. Who re-discover a thirst for the unknown. Who are not adverse to embracing the fear of leaving the comfortable confines of their known reality. When there is a generation of Japanese who are willing to settle not for the status-quo but for change, that is when Japan will shine.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

Our first step towards this vision is the concept of micro-adventures. Pick a nice day, pack what you need into a rucksack, go somewhere you’ve never been before. By human power. Challenge yourself. Rediscover the fact that ‘you can’.

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Comments | Queries | Reports

Done this route up Mt. Ishikari Beach? Thinking of doing it? Please post any feedback or queries here. Thanks!

6 thoughts on “Sapporo to the Sea Micro Adventure 海へのマイクロアドベンチャー”

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  2. Great post Rob. A few months back I did a 2 day – 50 mile walk – along the beach of Florida and let me tell you… I had not the slightest idea it would be so painful haha. At one point the beach became rocky boulders and every step was like a jackhammer going into my feet.

    Needless to say, I still raised $1,200 for charity with that walk so the pain was worth it 🙂

    Also, thanks for this post. What you wrote about adventure resonated with me beyond belief. I think I'm going to write a blogpost inspired by this myself right now. And then my microadventure for today is to guy buy some fishing poles at the pawn shop and cast a line… haven't done that since my childhood tomboy days. 🙂

    Cheers to the adventure!

    – Lauren 🙂

  3. Great video Rob. Micro-adventure with a moral message!

    I agree with what you wrote too. It's a difficult message to convey but I am glad you working at it.

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