HOW TO WALK

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Access
■Aircraft
Nakashibetsu - Sapporo (New Chitose) 3 flights per day 60minutes
Nakashibetsu - Tokyo (Haneda) 1 flight per day 100minutes

Memanbetsu - Sapporo (Okadama) 3 flights per day 60minutes
Memanbetsu - Sapporo (New Chitose) 5 flights per day 60minutes
Memanbetsu - Tokyo (Haneda) 5 flights per day 110minutes
Memanbetsu - Nagoya(Chubu) 1 flight per day 120minutes

Kushiro - Sapporo (New Chitose) 3 flights per day 60minutes
Kushiro - Sapporo (Okadama) 3 flights per day 60minutes
Kushiro - Tokyo (Haneda) 5 flights per day 100minutes

■Bus (Midnight and Intercity)
Sapporo - Nakashibetsu (Nemuro Kotsu) 1 service per day about 8 hours
Sapporo - Kushiro (Akan Bus) 3 services per day about 6 hours
Kushiro Station - Nakashibetsu (Akan Bus)
5 services per day (weekdays) 2 services per day (weekends) 120minutes
Phone numbers
Nemuro Kotsu : 0153-24-2201
Akan Bus : 0154-37-2221

■JR trains
Sapporo Station - Kushiro Station
Limited Express Super Ozora 7 services per day

stage01

LOCATION:from Nakashibetsu Bus Terminal to Kaiyo-dai
DISTANCE:14.8km(9.2miles)

From the Nakashibetsu Bus Terminal to Nakashibetsu Airport via Midorigaoka shin-rin koen (forest park) and Yumeno-mori koen.
On the way you will see the blue silo of Sakurai-ranch,corridor of  broad leafed forest, enjoying the wind break forest towards the gravel road of Route 26. Walk straight 6.5km to Kaiyo-dai.

stage02

LOCATION:from Kaiyo-dai to restaurant Bokusha
DISTANCE:10.1km(6.3miles)

From the famous Kaiyo-dai to restaurant Bokusha via the wind break forest.
It's worth seeing the design of the man-path which is a gate separating grass farm and rangeland.

stage03

LOCATION:from restaurant Bokusha to Yoroshi Onsen
DISTANCE:9.2km(5.7miles)

If you want to enjoy the most Eastern Hokkaido like dairyland scenes, walk mainly around restaurant Bokusha.
Walking slowly from the hills and looking up the huge mountains is a good point of the RANCH WAY.

stage04

LOCATION:from Yoroshi Onsen to Nishibetsu - Dake mountain lodge
DISTANCE:16.8km(10.4miles)

From Yoroshi Onsen(Hot Springs) to KARAMATSU-NO-YU (Outdoor Hot Spring Bath free of charge ) Walk up the forest road and you will reach a hill where you can see a splendid view including Mt.Moan. Walk over Keneka River, and the gravel road of Shibecha-town, you will get to the mountain lodge of Nishibetsu-Dake.

Small green mountain called Mt.Moan is a bit small mountain but the panorama view is superspectacle. However the entrance to the sub-route of Mt.Moan is closed from June to October.

stage05

LOCATION:from Nishibetsu - Dake mountain lodge to Masyu-Ko Daiichi Tenbo-Dai (Observation deck of Lake Masyu)
DISTANCE:11.3km(7miles)

As you start walking you will get to Gaman-zaka which is a bit tough hill. But if you get over it you are about an hour away from the mountain top of Nishibetsu-Dake.
Enjoying the splendid view of Masyu-Ko (Lake Masyu) You will reach Masyu-Ko Daiichi Tenbo-Dai (Observation deck) .

stage06

LOCATION:from Masyu-Ko Daiichi Tenbo-Dai (Observation deck of Lake Masyu) to Biruwa Elementary School
DISTANCE:6.2km(3.9miles)

From Masyu-Ko Daiichi Tenbo-Dai (Observation deck) to Biruwa Elementary School of Teshikaga town, you will walk down a mountain road.
Thanks for walking, you have reached Biruwa Station.

Trail Sign - Information to walk -

There are several trail signs guiding you the way.
Shapes and arrows may differ, but the colors are unified to deep red. However don't forget to bring a map with you.

Man Path

There are many man-path, which is a gate separating grass farm and rangeland between Kaiyo-dai and restaurant Bokusha.
It is a gate only humans can walk through, no animals, use your head and go through the gate.

Transport Service

For example if you want to walk from Kaiyo-dai (point A) to Yoroshi Onsen.
Please order the transportation service and check the meeting point (parking space) at Yoroshi Onsen (point B) and park your car. Please get on the taxi and move to Kaiyo-dai (point A) to start trekking towards Yoroshi Onsen (point B) For further information regarding this transportation service please call.

Hokuto - Hire Phone 0153-72-1222 (open from 7:00AM)

To enjoy trekking safely

1. Prepare yourself as if you are climbing a mountain
KITA-NEMURO RANCH WAY consists of rather gentle hills of KONSEN PLATEAU and Nishibetsu- Dake areas, and the mountain trail around Masyu-Ko (Lake Masyu) Mountain trail is about 800meters (2600feet) above sea level, so please prepare yourself as if you are climbing a mountain.
Please take risks at your own The minimum equipment required is as follows,
Trekking shoes, Rain gear, Food (emergency food too), Drinks, Route map, First - Aid kit, Mobile - Phone, Backup battery

2. Please carry a route map (available free) with you while trekking.
Route map (available free) is available on the relay point of each stage, and the RANCH WAY office.
For safety trekking, please collect information before you make your trip. Route map Download

3. Please take a guided walk
We recommend you to take a guided walk if you are participating KITA-NEMURO RANCH WAY for the first time. Not only for safety reasons, but you will learn about the nature and culture of this area to enjoy trekking safely.
For further information regarding this guided walk please call
Nakashibetsu Tourism Association:0153-77-9733  
HOKKAIDO WALKING NETWORK:015-482-1602

Recommended route

Suggested 2days Plan (39.8km in 2days)
DAY1/JR Biruwa Station to Nishibetsu - Dake mountain lodge

Walking in the morning chill forest for about 2hours and 15minutes you will reach Masyu-Ko Daiichi Tenbo-Dai (Observation deck of Lake Masyu). There are restroom and newsstand, so you can have a break. The trail surrounding the lake is crowded with mountain climbers heading towards Masyu-Dake and Nishibetsu-Dake It is a shallow slope until the branch of Masyu-Dake, and you can enjoy the scene of the lake and hill. From the branch it`s about a 45 minute walk to the top of Nishibetsu-Dake. After that you will go down a steep slope towards Nishibetsu-Dake mountain lodge.

Walking distance 17.5km (about 11miles) Difference of elevation 650meters (about 2100feet) Approximate time required 6 to 7 hours without resting.

If you still have time and power left, make a round trip between Masyu-Dake. It`s about an hour trip.
You are requested to stay at a lodge in Biruwa the previous day. Access to Biruwa Station from Sapporo Station, take the limited express train Super Ozora to Kushiro Station and transfer to Senmou-Honsen (local train) to Biruwa Station.

Please contact in advance for transportation service between Nishibetsu-Dake mountain lodge and Yoroshi Onsen.

DAY2/Yoroshi Onsen to Kaiyo-Dai
Walk slowly down the ranch, and dairyland. Trail condition may differ upon the operating condition of the ranch such as cutting grasses, so please check the latest information before you leave. Today walk 9.2km (about 6miles) in the morning, and take a lunch at Restaurant Bokusha. After lunch head towards Kaiyo-Dai, and feel the roundness of our planet Earth.

Walking distance 19.3km (about 12miles) Difference of elevation 90meters (about 300feet) Approximate time required 5 to 6 hours without resting

If you need a transportation service (Kaiyo-Dai to Nakashibetsu Airport or Nakashibetsu Bus Terminal) please request in advance. ( If you are returning back today, Nakashibetsu-Sapporo flight or the midnight bus from Nakashibetsu Bus Terminal to Sapporo is convenient.)