Summer Hiking Tips for Novices

Embarking on your first summer hike in Niseko.

Summer hiking around Niseko is a highly recommended activity by locals and past visitors. With the astonishing mountain range, acres of lush evergreens and low humidity, Niseko is a summer paradise in Asia. This summer, explore the natural wonders of Hokkaido by hiking with some of these useful tips below.

Hiking Boots

Hiking Boots

Correct footwear is absolutely necessarily before embarking on any long hike. Coming across a variety of different terrains such as rocks, dirt, grass, puddles and more, a pair of good hiking will protect your feet. 

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With many hiking trails in Niseko across the mountains, there are plenty of options for hikers of all different levels. Understand your physical limit and choose a route wisely. Consider distance, time, terrain and elevation. 

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Pace yourself

Enjoyable hiking relies on stamina, not speed. Walk slowly while making your way through elevated grounds and different terrains. Take regular breaks while enjoying the view around and sounds of cicadas. Settle at your natural pace.

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What to bring

With hikes lasting 2 - 5 hours, make sure to bring sufficient amount of water for the journey and instant food or snack to refuel. 

Here's our list:

  • Lightweight backpack (15-30 litres)
  • Water bottle
  • Instant food or snack
  • Insect repellent
  • Hat

While you may not use all of the below essentials on your hike, you will be very glad you packed them on that odd occasion you need them.

  • First aid
  • Torch
  • Lightweight raincoat
  • Small towel
  • Poles (useful for descending)

Ready for your first hike? Read about hiking Mt Yotei.