(羅臼岳) Mt. Rausu Hike

 

Definitely doable if you are in Kushiro, but not an easy one to get to. 

Budget: JPY10,300 (~USD100)
  • JPY6,380. Train, Kushiro Station to Shiretokoshari Station (JPY3,190 one way)
  • JPY3,920. Bus, Shari Bus Terminal to Iwaobetsu (JPY1,960 one way). 
Hike Date / Difficulty (Elevation: 1,661m / 5,446ft)
  • 2021
  • Difficulty: 4 out of 5
  • Route below is around 13.0kilometers, with an elevation change of ▲1450m/ ▽1450m (5.5 hours, source
  • Map Link 


When to Go
Public transportation only feasible from April to October.

Special Notes
  • Trailhead. 
    • Flight, Tokyo to Kushiro. 
    • Bus/Train, Kushiro Station to Shiretokoshari Station (知床斜里駅), which is right next to Shari Bus Terminal (斜里バスターミナル) 
    • Bus, Shiretokoshari Station to Iwaobetsu (岩尾別). Bus schedule here. The bus that stops at Iwaobetsu only runs from April to October, with the ones with ● only running in October. 
    • Walk, Iwaobetsu (岩尾別) to trailhead (google maps). 3.3kms, 37 minutes. There's a free shuttle for those staying at the Japanese inn at the trailhead, JPY10,000/head ish. 
Bus schedule, Shari Bus Terminal (斜里) to Iwaobetsu (岩尾別)
  • Mountain hut.
    • Paid. None really, but there's a Japanese inn right at the trailhead: https://iwaobetu.com/
    • Free. 木下小屋. At the trailhead. It's not free - but benefits are similar to a free mountain hut - which means no food or bedding.But this one costs JPY2,500 per person. Oh, and they have a hot spring. 
    • Camping. Rausu-daira (羅臼平). Very close to the summit, and interestingly has a food locker. 
Itinerary
Friday

  • Train, Kushiro Station to Shiretoko-shari Station. Unfortunately, the earliest train from Kushiro Station arrives at 8:30am, which means staying at Shiretoko-shari Station area the night before is necessary. 
Saturday
  • 08:10am. Bus, Shari Bus Terminal to Iwaobetsu (岩尾別)
  • 09:26am. ETA: Iwaobetsu. Start walking to the trailhead. 
  • 10:00am. ETA: Trailhead. 
  • Start hike. 
  • Camp at Rausu-daira.
Sunday
  • Start hike. 
  • 09:49am. Bus, Iwaobetsu to Shari Bus Terminal (assuming the buses are running, and the hike is in October).
  • 10:20am. ETA: Shari Bus Terminal. 


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