Where to go Canoeing in Hokkaido

Posted on Jun 16, 2019
Posted on Jun 16, 2019
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Hokkaido is full of extraordinary waterways, from expansive pristine lakes to wild rivers. Finding information on these waterways in English, particularly ones suited to multi-day touring trips, is quite the task - hence our motivation to write them up. Our plan is to spend the next three years documenting well-established Hokkaido canoe touring routes (see them here), and we'll be following the advice found in a number of Japanese guidebooks (see them here).

Last updated Jul 20, 2019

We’re in the process of documenting, in English, around 50 established river and lake touring routes in Hokkaido. We’re not pioneers or first-descenters here. There are a number of guidebooks in Japanese that beautifully document these routes in minute detail. We’re just following their lead. 

In the meantime, we can’t recommend the amazing work of HokkaiCamp.com enough. Their information is in Japanese, but they’ve produced great route files nicely annotated with rapids, put in locations etc. Check them out.

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REGION: The general mountain/geographical region the route is in.

BEST MONTH(S): Time of year a route is suited to visiting. Some pop all season, some are more limited.

DIFFICULTY: How strenuous a route is, and how technical it is. Full details here.

FREERIDE/SKITOUR: Very subjective, but is a route more-of-a-walk-than-a-ski or the other way around? Some routes are all about the screaming downhill (freeride), some are more about the hunt for a peak or nice forest (ski-tour). Some are in between. 

MAIN ASPECT: Which cardinal direction the primary consequential slope is facing, that you might encounter on the route. More details here.

ROUTE TAGS: An eclectic picking of other categories that routes might belong to.

SEARCH BY LOCATION: You can find routes near your current location – just click on the crosshairs (). You may need to give permission to HokkaidoWilds.org to know your GPS location (don’t worry, we won’t track you). Or, type in a destination, such as Niseko or Sapporo or Asahikawa etc.

Please let us know how we can make it easier to narrow down your search. Contact Rob at rob@hokkaidowilds.org with your suggestions.

Where to go Canoeing in Hokkaido Difficulty Rating





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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.