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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  • After the 20th of September, I went to the highest mountain in Hokkaido to see the earliest autumn leaves in Japan. Asahidake Ropeway operates to 1,600m above sea level, so you can enjoy the autumn leaves casually. There is a trekking course of about one hour that even beginners can enjoy from the sight seeing station of the ropeway followed by five observatories and a dotted pond, but this is an area equivalent to more than 2,500m in the altitude of the Japanese Alps. Becareful of your clothes because you feel cold even in fine weather.
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  • Even on a hot day in the city, it was very comfortable to spend time here. There's still a lot of snow left at this time of year, but it's fun with it. The weather was good on this day, and the top was clear.
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  • 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.
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