Mountain Trails

Mt. Usu

Manners and Precautions

  • Prepare drinking water, a cap/hat, and clothes suitable for walking/hiking.
  • There are places with bad footing.
  • Do not collect plants or minerals.
  • Parts of the Toya-Usu UNESCO Global Geopark belong to Shikotsu-Toya National Park. It is forbidden to take plants,animals,or rocks from a national park.
  • Access to parts of the summit and foot of Usu Volcano that were host to volcanic activity in 2000,as well as Showa-Shinzan,is limited for reasons of nature conservation. Please do not cross the fences.
  • Please be sure to take any garbage home with you.
  • During the winter season (early November-late April), some trails are closed.

Points to note

The location information on courses on the maps in this website is not accurate. We assume no responsibility for any damage or loss arising from the use of this website.

A mountain trail that connects the Usu district with the walkway on the south rim of the summit crater. This is a unique route that can be climbed up on foot, and it can also be used as a downwards path from the ropeway.

A mountain trail that is popular among the people in Date City. From the summit, Mareppudake can be seen over the mountain ridges. You can also see across from the Pacific Ocean to Mt. Usu, Lake Toya, and Mt. Yotei.

A favorite trail among hikers, with plenty of beautiful scenery across all seasons. Alpine plants bloom from the middle of July till the maple season, along the mountain trail that goes from the former Nittetsu Mining site. From the summit you may have a 360-degree view across to Lake Toya, Mt. Usu, the Niseko mountain range, Mt. Yotei, Mt. Eniwa, and Mt. Tarumae.

Konbudake rises 1,045m above sea level, on the boundary between Toyoura and Niseko Town. In the Ainu language, it is known as “tokonpo-nupuri” (little hump mountain). From the summit, you can see across to Mt. Usu, Lake Toya, and Mt. Yotei.

Orofure Mountain rises up 1,230m above sea level, on the boundary between Sobetsu Town and Noboribetsu City. From the summit you can enjoy scenery including Lake Toya, Mt. Yotei, Lake Kuttara, and the Pacific Ocean. In the coldest seasons you can see frost covered trees, and you can have fun snowshoeing or cross-country skiing.