We’ll check out of our hotel after breakfast and make our way to the town of Kamifurano, north of Furano city. After picking up some food for lunch, we will summit Mt. Sandan, a small peak nestled between several volcanic craters.
There are a couple of routes that we can take today and which we choose will vary depending on the group dynamic. Be prepared for some rocky scrambles up and downhill, but our efforts will be rewarded with a picnic lunch at the summit. As we eat, we can enjoy amazing views of the smoking summit of Mt. Tokachi and the almost Martian landscape of Ansei Crater sloping away below us.
We’ll descend Mt. Sandan the way we came and take a little break this afternoon to explore the nearby picturesque town of Biei. Biei is part of the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages in Japan and is famous for its beautiful rolling hills, formed by rivers eroding ancient volcanic deposits.
After exploring Biei, we’ll drive through the beautiful forests on the outskirts of Biei to Asahidake Onsen, situated at 1100m above sea level on the slopes of Mt. Asahidake. We stay the night here in the crisp mountain air enjoying the natural hot springs fed by Mt Asahidake.