Hidaka Mountains

The Hidaka Mountains (日高山脈 Hidaka Sanmyaku) extend from the Karikachi Pass, in the centre of Hokkaidō, south to the coast of the Pacific Ocean. They form a well-defined nearly-straight central ridge which divides the island in terms of both physical and political geography. Most of the mountains are part of the Hidaka Sanmyaku-Erimo Quasi-National Park (日高山脈襟裳国定公園, Hidaka Sanmyaku Erimo Kokudeikōen

The Hidaka range includes at least 28 peaks over 1,500 metres high. The tectonically uplifted and 'folded', (non-volcanic) mountains contain a number of large rounded amphitheatre-like 'cirques' [1] (also known as corries, or kāru in Japanese) that have been eroded out by glaciers. This is notable around Mount Poroshiri (2,052 m), the highest of all the Hidakas, and Mount Esaoman-Tottabetsu (1,902 m). These have features formed during the last period of glaciation.

The main peaks from north to south are:

Flora and fauna

The mountains contain an abundance of flora and fauna including the brown bear (Ursus arctos yesoensis), Hokkaidō deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis), Siberian chipmunk, northern pika (Ochotona hyperborea yesoensis) and Hokkaidō fox (Vulpes vulpes schrencki).


Geographic coordinates are 42.628° N, 142.833° W

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Coordinates 42°37′40.8″ N, 142°49′58.8″ W (Latitude: 42.628° N, Longitude: 142.833° W)  +   find maps   Google maps   Mapquest