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Asahi-dake, Higashikawa-cho

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The highest peak in Hokkaido, Asahi-dake rises formidably to 2,291 m (7,516 ft) above sea level. Winter on this volcanic mountain brings skiers and snowboarders, relishing the powder of its unspoiled slopes, while in summertime, hikers make the hearty ascent to the summit, complete with steaming vents and a crater. The trek from the foot of the mountain is a grueling 4.5-hour slog, worthy for experienced hikers; if you want something a little less intensive, take the healthy hike after riding the gondola up to Sugatami. From here you can either follow a 60-minute circular trail, observing ponds and sulphurous vents, or walk for roughly two hours on a well-marked path up and along the crater's edge. Have your camera ready at the summit for some dramatic views and steaming bellows. You'll need hiking boots, plenty of water and snacks, and altitude-appropriate dress. Add Asahi-dake and other attractions to your Higashikawa-cho trip itinerary using our Higashikawa-cho travel planner.
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  • Came during winter and grateful for the good weather as it allowed us to do some snow trekking and the view from the top is surreal. Remember to rent the trekking equipment from the visitor centre...  more »
  • From the top of the ropeway, you can walk around the area. It's a loop and it's an easy walk where you can see the steam vents. I also hiked up towards the summit of the mountain. It's quite steep...  more »
  • Beautiful, this Autumn cool. It were to be 3 Mountains within our 8 days of travels here. But each has its surprises each not just a few simple words could describe. Every different turn in...  more »
  • Beautiful mountain. Berg Bahn gets you to about 1600-1700 meters, and the summit tops out at 2291. Be ready for wind!
  • Very beautiful place to visit.
  • Well this is absolutely a must-do in the area! After the ropeway station, you have the option of looping around the pond (takes about 40min?) or hiking up to the peak of Mt. Asahi. There was still some snow in the first 500m but after you start ascending, it just lots of rocks (some are loose). I recommend wearing hiking shoes or rain boots since you will have a lot more grip when coming down. I didn’t have hiking poles..wish I did, would’ve made descending a lot easier. Best part about this hike is the vastness you see....but the fog made it difficult to see. I wish I went on a clearer day. This hike was not too difficult if you are well prepared with your gear. Be sure to check out the weather before you go. There were quite a few older Japanese hiking by themselves...all were super prepared with hiking poles, hiking backpacks, and bear bells! yes..there are bears.
  • Beautiful place. At first, my plan was just going to walk to the second observatory and return. I ended up walking the whole loop. Worth the hike.
  • I hiked the peak in early May, when it was still covered in snow. There was two meters of snow at the top of the gondola, and numerous people were skiing off the peak. Fortunately for me, since I was woefully unprepared for winter conditions, the snow was well packed. You're hiking along a ridge that is flanked by active geothermal vents. You can taste the sulphur (it tastes like eggs) as you ascend and descend the mountain. Beware of rapidly changing weather conditions. Although, there are some ropes at the top to guide you. It was an amazing experience.

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