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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... 
    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... 
    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... 
    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 »
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  • Highly recommended Place to visit in Autumn. It's a 1.7KM hike that is supposedly suppose to only take you an hour. But if you love to take photos, give yourself at least 2 hours. If you must take photo of everything, and every angle, then set aside 3 hour to 3.5 hour minimum for the hike. Some terrains are really rocky and it's best to be in hiking attire, and have waterproof covers for your bag if it is predicted to rain. Amazing place! Really breath taking views.
  • Autumn leaves that you can see from the rope way is amazing and you can hear details by electrical announcements; This is why it costs 30bucks for the round trip. Seriously, 30bucks! This rope way stops when it’s too windy, so have some extra days if you wish to get there. Hotels around the mountains have great onsen, but better to prepare lots of foods before coming to this area. Climbing up to the summit takes 1.5hours but it’s rocky and slippery and EXTREMELY cold. Be prepared. I was hoping to have lunch on the top but it was IMPOSSIBLE for it’s wind and coldness even in September.
  • 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.
  • Loved the view you get from this snowy mountain. Photos I post do not do justice to the view you get from here. Comes from a country with summer all year round and this did not disappoint. Recommend all to wear proper snow boots as it is hard to track far from the ropeway station with snow boots provided. Kept sinking into the shin deep snow and had a hard time trekking too far. Nonetheless a must visit if you're ever in asahikawa!
  • We climbed this mountain on June 9th at possibly the worst time with essentially nothing but a hoodie. The weather was freezing and it was snowing while visibility was near zero. However despite that, it was a fantastic and challenging experience. If you are climbing in June be prepared and bring a windbreaker at least. We took the train from Sapporo to Asahikawa and then the bus from the station to the ropeway. The bus is 1430 yen each way and the ropeway was 2900 for a roundtrip. This was my 100th review yay!

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