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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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  • I went in at higashikawa HP eco. From down the rope way walk in snowshoes. Saw a fumarole jets and cloud to the silver mountain.
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  • The trek was awesome! I loved every bit. We went there around august.... The moment we started the trek it started raining :) and we had raincoats so we could keep cover. We didn't go till the top but...  more »
  • Promenade (the road improved to some artificial in nature) will be good exercise and I walk 1. Worry about staining, mud shoes after climbing down rocks and natural way just because it rained. It is best to go with the shoes of course. Please note that the wrong side of the leg is impossible! Here is cool in the hot summer in Hokkaido, when is a good place. Autumn is beautiful. It takes tens of ropeway I's so going in the family (6 people in fact 15,000 yen took a little)
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