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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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  • We stayed two nights in a hotel close to the bottom of the ropeway and had organised a guide for a days walking on the mountain. This plan took a dive when Mt. Asahidake had experienced heavy early sn...  more »
  • Asahi-Dake 紅葉がり supposed to be tried was thick with snow. But white is Mt. asahidake, snow was extraordinary. And water used to flow from the full-length mirror pond and discovered the source of the river! And was happy. I'm come quite some foreigners are 譲riattari to each other, mountain's people took photos!
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  • Asahidake autumn begins from the end of August. From the aerial tram, red, yellow and green carpet looks like. In majestic kamimintara name of God is really like.
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