Teuri Island Northern Woods Track

天売島 | Te-uri

Posted on Jul 5, 2019
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5km

Distance

2hrs

Time

20m

Ascent

65m

Highest point

2/10

Difficulty

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May-Sep

Best season

Teuri Island (天売島) off the northwestern coast of Hokkaido is best known for its millions of seabirds. But there's also some pleasant bushwalking to be had at the northeastern end of the island, just above the ferry terminal. There's a large communal building deep in the woods which makes for a nice spot to take a break. This 5km loop route starts just above the campground, and returns via the eastern side of the island, through the main Teuri Island settlement.

We visited this route on May 05, 2018

Last updated Mar 23, 2020

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Location

This hiking trail is at the northeastern end of the diminutive Teuri Island, off the northwestern coast of Hokkaido. The trail starts here, about 50m uphill from the lookout above the ferry terminal.

General notes

This hiking route on Teuri Island is a short trip that just takes in the wooded area at the northeastern end of the island. While not quite as well-preserved as its Yagishiri Island neighbour, Teuri Island’s stands of forest are quiet and relaxing. The communal building (with public toilets) makes for a nice stop (location). If you’re keen to see the whole island on foot, then it is possible to walk around the perimeter of the island on the one-way, one-lane paved road (route guide here).

Route Timing
Up | 1hrs
Down | 1hrs

Allow about two hours for a very leisurely bird-watching wander.

Route

This route is not marked, but is well defined. There are a couple of junctions along the way, so you may want to check your bearings at those junctions.

Transport

Public transport:

This hiking trail is accessible by public transport. See the Teuri Island Full Loop Hike for ferry details.

By car: 

It is possible to take a car on the ferry to Teuri Island, but it may not be worth it. There is ample parking at the Haboro Ferry terminal here.

Hut(s)

None

Physical maps
GSI Topo Map: Yagishiri-jima (焼尻島) – map no. NL-54-18-10-3

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

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

Weather forecast

Windy.com weather forecast for Teuri Island

Onsen nearby

None (there are no hotsprings on Teuri Island).

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

We only ended up doing this hike because we ended up having an extra day to kill on Teuri Island during our cycle tour there (route guide here). Our dawn birdwatching boat tour had been cancelled, and we managed to get onto another one the next day before our ferry back to the mainland.

We started the wander through these woods just above the lookout above the ferry terminal. It was actually quite a challenge to find the trailhead (around here), as it was not particularly well marked. The grass was also quite overgrown. Once on the trail, however, it was very well defined. The track surface was one we’ve seen quite often in Hokkaido – a kind of squishy chipboard, designed to encourage the growth of moss.

The trail started out through plantation forest of some sort, before eventually getting to more wild woods. We were happy to stumble upon the open-to-the-public communal building. It would be a nice place to have lunch on an otherwise rainy day. 

The walk back to the campground via the main Teuri settlement is quite interesting. There are plenty of old dilapidated buildings, some crumbling into a mess of building debris. Quite a stark indication of the depopulation in these very rural areas of Hokkaido.

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Teuri Island Northern Woods Track Difficulty Rating

Category

Grade

Points

Strenuousness

Vertical Gain

D

25

Time ascending

D

0

Technicality

Altitude

D

0

Hazards

D

Navigation

D

Totals

25/100

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.