Places worth visiting

Rishiri Island, Japan

Mount Rishiri (利尻山, Rishiri-zan) is a quaternary stratovolcano located off the coast of Hokkaidō, Japan in the Sea of Japan. The extinct volcano rises out of the sea forming Rishiri Island. Because its cone shape resembles Mount Fuji it is sometimes referred to as Rishiri Fuji. It is one of the 100 famous mountains in Japan.

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I am on the ferry from Wakkanai to Rishiri Island. The sea is not too stormy and it looks like I snap a few photos this afternoon. What you see is a stratovolcano, cone shape and all snowy and icy, typical for April.
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The extinct volcano rises out of the sea
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One of the few viewing points on this remote island.
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Predictably, a lighthouse is located on one on the hills.
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The dark side of the Rishiri Island

HIKING

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Getting mentally ready to ice hike the Mt Rishiri
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It started gently, with a hilllike path in the woods. The level of frozen and beaten snow reached 3 feet at times.
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This is tourist village with huts and facilities, open during summer. Now all covered in deep snow.
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Here you go with the true level of snow fall.
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Going up Rishiri mountain. From there it was only getting steeper and steeper….and harder.
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Frozen icy snow all the way up. These spread up small bushes proved to have been ‘a life saving harbours’.
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Three feet of frozen snow and I was loosing a grip.
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Ascending is always ‘easier and safer’ than descending.
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All this snow was icy and rock hard. I struggled with my crampons.
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This was actually a partially cover forest.
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It may look like another lovely mountainous area in winter but very sinister and treacherous indeed.
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More obstacle course.
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At that point you asked yourself a question, was it worth it? Every bit of it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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