Nishibetsu-dake (西別岳, 800m) is only a relatively small hill, but it rises abruptly out of the broad plain of eastern Hokkaido and feels much higher as you enjoy the gentle walk along its long open ridge, far above the fields below. Beyond the ridge lies the caldera lake of Mashu-ko 摩周湖, and indeed the walk can be continued in that direction if time and conditions permit. Situated within the Akan-Mashu National Park, the mountain is known for its wildflowers in spring. Despite an initial steep climb, overall this is a very relaxed day out. The trailhead boasts a well-appointed hut run by the local municipality. See the full route overview at Hokkaido Wilds: https://hokkaidowilds.org/hiking/nishibetsu-dake
Primary Category: Topographic
Language: English, Japanese
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