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Shiga Kogen Lakes Trekking Day Tour

See Shiga Kogen’s most famous views on one of the area’s best-loved hiking trails. On this 10km trek, you’ll take in the rich natural landscape of brightly-colored volcanic lakes, rich wetlands and soaring mountains.

Centuries of volcanic activity have made Shiga Kogen (Shiga Highland) into a vast and varied national park. Nowhere is this more evident than in its many lakes and ponds, which range from acidic, electric-blue lakes to marshlands full of life. These lakes will form the basis of your guided trekking tour.

After meeting your guide, you’ll ascend Mt. Maeyama to an altitude of over 1,800 meters. With views of Mt. Kasuga’s distinctive peak, Mt. Yokoteyama, and the crater lake of Mt. Hachiyama, you’ll get a taste of what’s to come as you set off into the wetlands around the mountain.

Next, you’ll come across Shibuike Pond. It’s known for its floating islands of water plants, and is surrounded by untouched primeval forests. They’re said to have existed in the area since the last ice age.

After a hike through the pristine forest around Mt. Shiga, you'll arrive as Shijuhachiike Marshland. Its name literally means “48 ponds,” and it’s easy to see why. As you walk along the wooden walkway, you’ll see dozens of tiny lakes peppered around the emerald landscape. It’s full of aquatic life, from bright water plants to tree frogs and salamanders.

Following the walkway, you’ll reach your last stop: Lake Onuma. It’s the largest lake in Shiga Kogen and known for its remarkable color. Depending on where and when you visit, it ranges from bright, electric blue to emerald green. Unlike the other ponds, Lake Onuma is extremely acidic, so very little life can survive here.

After that, it's time to head home, walking along the edge of the lake until you reach ‘Ikeshiri.’ Here, the lake contracts sharply, giving you a view across the whole body of water from a single spot.

Depending on your group's ability and the weather conditions, you'll take a detour to Sakasaike Pond. Its name means “reverse,” and it’s so named because the area around it is sloped in the opposite direction to that of the mountain. Otherwise, you'll head straight to Onumaike Iriguchi Bus Station, and homeward.

On the tour, you’ll be accompanied by an English-speaking guide who’ll show you what to look out for and explain the nature of each site. The tour also includes a rice-ball bento lunch, and you’ll have space to store any luggage, so you won’t need to take a suitcase up the mountain!

Itinerary:

  • 9:45 – Meet your guide at Shiga Kogen Yama no Eki Bus Stop
  • 10:30 – Arrive at Suzurikawa (Hotaru Onsen) Bus Stop, board the Maeyama Lift, begin the hike
  • 13:00 – Arrive at Lake Onuma
  • 15:30 – Board the bus from Onumaike Iriguchi Bus Stop
  • 15:35 – Arrive at Shiga Kogen Yama no Eki Bus Stop, tour ends

Details

Confirmation
2 Working Days
Duration
5 hours
Transport
N/A
Voucher Type
E-voucher
Amendment
No Amendments
Refund
No Refunds

Operating Hours

9.45 am to 3.35 pm

What You Get

Shiga Kogen Lakes Trekking Day Tour

Adult: 13 years old and above

Child: 6 to 12 years old

Includes:

  • English-speaking guide
  • Lift and bus tickets
  • Onigiri rice-ball lunch
  • Luggage storage
  • Insurance

Excludes:

  • Transport to and from Shiga Kogen Yama no Eki Bus Stop
  • Additional drinks or snacks
  • Rental equipment

Additional information:

  • Children aged 5 and under go free, but must be accompanied by a guardian
  • You’ll meet your guide at Shiga Kogen Yama no Eki Bus Stop, and from there take a bus to the Maeyama Lift to start the hike. The tour will also end at the Yama no Eki Bus Stop
  • You can leave luggage at the guide office in front of the Yama no Eki Bus Stop
  • A rice-ball bento lunch is included, but the specific fillings vary. Please let us know about any dietary requirements at least three days before the tour. We can't guarantee accommodation of allergies or other special dietary requirements.
  • If we have to cancel the tour due to unfavorable conditions, we will inform you by 17:00 the day before to refund or reschedule
  • Please come in shoes and clothes suitable for hiking. We recommend wearing long sleeves and trousers

Terms and Conditions

  • Changi Recommends and the appointed operator will not be responsible for any accidents, loss of property or damaged caused by individual negligence
  • The e-ticket/e-voucher cannot be exchanged for cash or used on more than one occasion
  • Any alteration(s) on the e-ticket/e-voucher will not be accepted by Changi Recommends and the appointed merchant
  • In the event of unforeseen circumstances that affects tour departure or ticket/voucher invalidity, customers will be notified and be advised accordingly

Cancellation Policy:

  • No refunds will be entertained for cancellations
  • There will be no refunds even if included items are not utilised by the visitor
  • In the event of late comers/no show, it would be considered as cancellation and no refund will be given

Upon purchase of the ticket, you will receive an email confirmation with e-ticket/e-voucher within two days. Tours and tickets are subjected to availability and are not confirmed until a second confirmation email is received.

How to Get There

Meeting point: Shiga Kogen Yama no Eki Bus Stop

Item Price (SGD) Quantity
Adult
$67.00
$66.00
13 years old and above
Child
$53.00
6 to 12 years old

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