A day in paradise! Two contrasting volcanic mountains, one bare and releasing fumes, the other cloaked in dense forest, with magnificent views across the mountains and the lake of Shikotsu-ko.
- I’ll remember, most of all, this was my " first volcano”!
- The best bit for me was the scenery of the live volcanic peak, from close up and from the neighbouring summit. Plus the sunlight shining through the birch forest.
- The worst bit was the fact we didn’t take enough water for a long walk in the sun.
- The word of warning for other walkers would be to make sure to fill in the hikers ’ log book at the start and the finish of the walk.
- Scary bits? Not really, just a need for care on some slippery steep bits through the forest, but there were ropes to hold onto.
- I didn’t expect to find this contrast between the scenery of old and new volcanoes, or to find such dense woodland at 1000 m.
- I hadn’t seen anything quite like this before – although we’d already climbed the volcanic peaks from Sounkyo. A new hiking experience.
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne
See also this story from the Guardian of 29 March 2008 by John O'Mahony about his experiences visiting Shikotsu-Toya national park, and climbing Tarumaesan.< Back to Japan page for links to other stories
|Location||6 miles / 10 km south of Shikotsu Kohan, in Shikotsu-Toya National Park, near Sapporo|
|Date walked||July 2003|
|Walk type||High hills and mountain hikes|
|Difficulty||Requires mountaineering skills and lots of stamina|
|Distance||13 km / 8 miles|
|Height climbed||1041m + 1102m|
|Time taken||8 hrs 0 mins|
|Map used||"Attack" 1:25,000 Shikotsu-ko map|
|Walk source info||National Park Centre in Shikotso Kohan Route marked on map|
|Getting there||Train Sapporro - Chitose Bus Chitose - Shikotsu Kohan|
|Places to stay||Several hotels and guest houses in the area. "Lapland" highly recommended at Morappu.|