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Mount Komagatake

Discover the Majestic Beauty of Mount Komagatake, a summer hiking destination in Southern Hokkaido

By Abhijit Sen

Southern Hokkaido is home to the stunning Onuma Quasi-National Park, featuring Mount Komagatake.  This impressive mountain represents the beauty of nature and offers exciting hiking opportunities in the area. It’s perfect for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers seeking unforgettable experiences with stunning views and peaceful surroundings in the summer.

Hiking Season

Hokkaido Koma-ga-take

Photo by: PIXTA/ 川村恵司 Hiking season at Mount Komagatake

In 1640, a major eruption caused the collapse of the mountain’s summit area, leading to subsequent eruptions that shaped it into its current form. Mount Komagatake features diverse landscapes, offering unique views in every season. An active volcano reaching 1,131 meters above sea level provides a great hiking opportunity from June to October. The mountain boasts a well-defined hiking trail, Morimachi Akaigawa, providing a safe and enjoyable ascent to the summit. Surrounded by lush larch trees, this one-hour hiking route offers natural beauty and panoramic views.

Exploring the Surrounding Area

Kogetsu Bridge

Photo by: PIXTA/ Shigeyuki Komeno Drop by the picturesque Kogetsu Bridge

Beyond the hike up Mount Komagatake, the surrounding area offers many sightseeing spots. These include the serene Kogetsu Bridge and the panoramic observation deck atop Mount Higurashi, each offering its own unique perspective of the splendor that surrounds Mount Komagatake.

For a more relaxed experience, explore the region’s rich history and natural beauty. The Milk Road provides insight into the area’s dairy farming traditions from the Edo Period. This historic road, lined with ranches, provides an opportunity to savor the region’s bountiful offerings, from rich milk and soft-serve ice cream. The 42 Degrees North Marker offers a beautiful view as the sun sets. It lines up with similar markers in Chicago, Rome and Barcelona. Nearby, there is a peaceful spot by the lake with a small arbor where you can enjoy the sight of Japanese spatterdock flowers blooming in the summer.

Mount Komagatake in Onuma Quasi-National Park offers a summer hiking experience that seamlessly blends adventure, natural beauty and cultural richness. Whether you experience the breathtaking views from the peak or discover the nearby attractions, a trip to Mount Komagatake offers an unforgettable adventure into the beauty of Hokkaido.

Things To Know

When to hike and precautions

Visiting period: The mountain is open to hikers from June through October (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)
Precautions: When visiting Mount Komagatake, it’s crucial to pay attention to local safety guidelines and regulations, especially due to its active volcanic nature. Remember to respect local regulations, stay on designated trails, and be prepared for outdoor activities in a volcanic environment.
Weather conditions: Check weather conditions and forecasts before planning a visit, as the weather can change quickly in mountainous areas.

How To Get There

Address

By train

From JR Onuma Koen station, it’s about 14km to the 6th station, which is about 20 minutes by car. JR Akaigawa station is approximately 6.5km from the 6th station, but there are no taxis nearby. The 6th station parking lot is free to use.

Where To Stay

Hakodate Onuma Prince Hotel
  • Kabushikikaishiya Purinsuhoteru Hakodateonumapurinsuhoteru, Kameda-gun Nanae-cho, Hokkaido, 041-1392 Japan
  • ¥11,804 - ¥109,810
  • 4.28/5 (905 reviews)
  • 8.3 km

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