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

Reviewed 15 October 2016
Jochen K
Stuttgart, Germany
Great Day Hike on Active Volcano

If you enjoy hiking on active volcanoes, as I do, you'll love this day hike. There was no access... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2016
San Francisco, California
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Reviewed 15 October 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 14 July 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 24 August 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 22 July 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 4 September 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 9 August 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

3  Thank Bonasa
Reviewed 15 July 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 8 July 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 16 October 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
Reviewed 13 October 2007

Just in 2 hours you climb to real volcanic crater - with a steaming landscape and awesome views. 20 minutes drive from Akan Onsen/Lake, the touristy village - it's signposted to Onneto lake off the road to Obihiro. The approach through the forest is beautiful....More

13  Thank Amanda
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