Hiking Distance: 12 - 13km
Time: 5-8 hrs
Elevation Gain: 850 - 1050m
Hotels or Campsites
Mt. Meakan is an incredible active volcano located in the Akan-Mashu National Park, the hike is famous for it's smouldering crater, pristine lakes, and twin volcanic peaks. This hike is best completed as a loop hike which includes Akanfuji due to the stunning views of Meakan from the Akanfuji peak. There are two options for the trailhead: one that starts from a lakeside campground, and the other which starts from an onsen at the base of Meakan.
The Akan-Mashu National Park features many other attractions such as beautiful onsens, hotels, and the stunning Lake Mashu. Other great hikes in the park include Mt. Oakan and the Lake Mashu crater hike.
Car: The best way to access Meakan is with a car, you can park at either the onsen or the campground. It's about 3.5 hours from Sapporo or CTS airport.
Public Transport: There is no public transport access to Meakan, the only option is to take a train, bus, and then a taxi. Cecilia from thelostfilipina.com has a great summary for this option here.
Onsen Trailhead: Google maps
Campground Trailhead: Google maps
GPS map: Outdooractive.com
If you're starting from the onsen then the trailhead is located to the left (north) of the onsen entrance. If you're starting from the campground, the trailhead is located at the front of the carpark. Both trails begin in a beautiful natural forest and eventually give way to smaller shrubs and volcanic rocks. The trail that heads up to Akanfuji is similar to walking on sand, so requires a little more effort. The whole trail is well maintained and clearly marked, and ends up peacefully moving along the Onneto lake. If you choose to skip Akanfuji, you will save about an hour.
Weather and Seasons
The summer months of July and August are considered the best time for hiking Meakan. The first snowfall of the season typically lands around late Oct, with autumn colours reaching their peak around late September.
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