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Hiking the Volcano

This is one of the best hikes in Hokkaido - wonderful. But give yourself 4-4.5 hrs to do the loop... read more

Reviewed August 3, 2017
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Great views, many different types of landscape. We took the Me-akan-Onsen trail in both... read more

Reviewed October 14, 2016
Jochen K
Stuttgart, Germany
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Reviewed August 3, 2017 via mobile

This is one of the best hikes in Hokkaido - wonderful. But give yourself 4-4.5 hrs to do the loop. And pick your weather window well - you want good visibility on the top! Didn't see any bears just fabulous views of the crater and...More

Thank JasonAruna
Reviewed October 14, 2016

Great views, many different types of landscape. We took the Me-akan-Onsen trail in both directions. It's not an easy hike, wether uphill or downhill. Almost 900 meters in height on just about 3.5 km trail (one way). But the effort pays out.

1  Thank Jochen K
Reviewed July 14, 2016

If you enjoy hiking on active volcanoes, as I do, you'll love this day hike. There was no access restriction due to volcanic activity as the last review indicated. It's a steep ascent up to the crater rim where there are good views into the...More

1  Thank travelgrrl12
Reviewed August 23, 2015

Due to increased signs of volcanic activity hikers are presently not permitted to walk to the crater of Meakan-dake (mid-August 2015). Before planning your trip check the alert level on the website of the Japan Meteorological Agency and / or ask the locals. A route...More

1  Thank Andy H
Reviewed July 21, 2015 via mobile

I can't see anywhere to review Oakandake, so I'm putting my review here. We had an amazing hike up this monster of a volcano but it was hard work and took us (two 40 somethings and an 11 year old) 4 hours to reach the...More

2  Thank HappyFamily0f3
Reviewed September 3, 2014

This is one of the best hikes for volcano lovers - not only for them! Meakan-dake climb will take you about 4 to 5 hours, and is amazingly diverse: you start in an old pine forest and feel like a hobbit among huge roots of...More

3  Thank Fhinn
Reviewed August 8, 2014

We did this hike based on the Lonely Planet description of this as an easy hike. We have done hikes all over the world and I would not describe this as easy or for novices. The trail is well marked, but not maintained at all....More

4  Thank Bonasa
Reviewed July 14, 2014

There are 3 routes going to the top of the volcano. The easiest starts at Meakan-Spa (17 km from Akan-Ko, south west). The path starts hundred meters before the parking, left on the road. There are then some signs which say to take care in...More

Thank Jérémy B
Reviewed July 8, 2014 via mobile

This is a fantastic hike. We were lucky with such a clear day to enjoy. Start at Meakan Onsen and do the round trip. Almost 2 hours to the summit. A little longer to descend via a circuit and then a few kms past the...More

3  Thank Worldticket
Reviewed October 16, 2012

Well, it did! We couldn't bend our knees after this hike, and he was groaning for most of the next day when not just out of the onsen. Tip: Don't go up if its a cloudy day. Without the views, it's hard to make this...More

11  Thank XavierZen
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