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Mt. Asahidake, Higashikawa-cho

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The highest peak in Hokkaido, Mt. Asahidake 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. For Mt. Asahidake and beyond, use our Higashikawa-cho trip generator to get the most from your Higashikawa-cho vacation.
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  • In the aerial tramway up to 1500 m and 800 m is the rest. At the summit station of the aerial tramway between % 1 hour trail, summer flowering alpine plants there, and three ponds beautiful. Asahi-Dake itself instead such plant and the view from the Summit. Also blowing out smoke sound and scenery is magnificent. Trail is filled with tourists, especially Chinese.
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  • Traverse from the black mount to use the ropeway to asahidake chikuma River it is many alpine plants around the mirror pond
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  • A must for anyone who visits the place. Cool and very very nice view from the mountain TOP. You can relax when on TOP of the mountain but be craeful when climbing up. Rocky path.  more »

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