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The Summit of Hokkaido

Mt. Asahidake and Asahidake Onsen

Mt. Asahidake is Hokkaido's highest mountain. An active volcano with many fumaroles (sulfuric vents), Asahidake is popular among hikers in summer and among skiers in winter. At the foot of this peak is Asahidake Onsen, a hot-spring resort town. From here, getting to the mountain is extremely convenient — just take the ropeway to begin exploring! Asahidake Onsen is the gateway to several scenic trails for hikers of all skill levels. These lead to the Daisetsuzan mountains, and on some of them, you'll pass by tranquil, clear ponds surrounded by bountiful nature. Take in the beauty of the alpine tundra landscape as you hike through these woods! Also near Mt. Asahidake is a hidden gem: Tenninkyo, a valley with hiking trails that lead to gorgeous waterfalls like Hagoromo Falls, which have the highest drop in Hokkaido.

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A Hot-Spring Resort Nestled in a Scenic Gorge

Sounkyo Onsen and Mt. Kurodake

Perfectly situated in a quaint, picturesque valley, the hot-spring town of Sounkyo Onsen is an ideal starting point for your outdoor adventure. In this valley are two of Japan's top 100 waterfalls: Ryusei Falls and Ginga Falls. As Sounkyo Onsen conveniently has a ropeway, many hiking trails leading to nearby Mt. Kurodake begin here. Atop this magnificent mountain, you can enjoy breathtaking views of Daisetsuzan's other mountains. In winter, the powder snow that blankets Kurodake makes it popular for skiing. Ski season here ends in early May. After a long day of hiking or skiing, head back to Sounkyo Onsen, and relieve your aches and pains with a relaxing dip in the area's hot springs!

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Catch Japan's Earliest Autumn Leaves Here

Hiking Trails Filled With Vivid Autumn Colors

Most of Japan starts to see autumn colors in October or November, but if you want to get a head start, head to Daisetsuzan! Here, leaves start turning vibrant red, orange, or yellow in September — the earliest autumn foliage in Japan. During this time, Daisetsuzan's trails are usually packed with hikers eager to see the leaves at their peak. In particular, a shrub called 'nanakamado' (Japanese rowan) — commonly found in northern Japan's mountains — is a familiar sight. Some of Daisetsuzan's best and most popular spots for viewing autumn leaves are the Ginsendai trailhead that leads to Mt. Akadake, the circular hiking trail around Daisetsu Kogen Onsen's marshlands, the Kurodake trail, and the Susoaidaira Plateau near Mt. Asahidake.

RECOMMENDEDItineraries
2 DAY TRIP / 1st day
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Stay overnight at RyounkakuDepart from Haneda Airport, then land at Asahikawa Airport in about 1 hour and 40 minutes. Then, take a bus to Kami-Furano, which is especially scenic during lavender season in July. From Kami-Furano, take a bus to Yumoto Ryounkaku, an 'onsen ryokan' (inn with hot-spring baths), where you'll spend the night.
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8:30Hike to Mt. Tokachidake, and learn about the area on a geotourEnjoy a two-hour hike from Tokachidake Onsen to Mt. Tokachidake's Ansei Crater as your guide introduces you to the Tokachidake mountain range. Depending on when you visit, you might see beautiful alpine plants in bloom.
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11:30Have lunch, then soak in Hokkaido's highest-altitude hot springsAfter hiking, admire the Tokachidake mountain range while relaxing in open-air natural hot springs. It's not just any bath — it's the highest-altitude hot-spring bath in Hokkaido!
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13:37Move to Asahikawa StationDepart Yumoto Ryounkaku for Kami-Furano by bus. At Kami-Furano, take another bus to Asahikawa Station.
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Spend the night at a hotel near Asahikawa StationAs Asahikawa is a major station with plenty of shops and restaurants nearby, we recommend choosing a nearby hotel for your accommodation.
2 DAY TRIP / 2nd day
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7:11Take a bus to AsahidakeAfter checkout, take a bus to Asahidake (approx. 1 hour and 40 minutes).
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9:00Take a photo trek around HigashikawaTour the photogenic streets of Higashikawa, a self-proclaimed "Town of Photography," with a professional photographer for a guide. As they take you to the most beautiful spots around the area, they will also provide in-depth local knowledge and tips for taking the best photos.
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15:30Bathe at Asahidake OnsenEnjoy bathing at one of Japan's highest-altitude hot springs. With hot-spring water flowing through one of Hokkaido's deepest virgin forests as its source, Asahidake Onsen is not only popular for hot-spring bathing, but also for a mindful practice called 'forest bathing' — not literal bathing, but mindfully strolling through the woods!
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21:00 Get ready for your next adventure!Take it easy for the rest of the day — just relax in Asahidake Onsen, and soak away all your aches and pains! For the next day, how about visiting Asahiyama Zoo, one of Japan's most popular zoos?
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