Hiking on the rim of Ohachidaira caldera

Around Daisetsuzan 6 Day Hiking Tour

Multi-day Guided Hiking Tour from Asahikawa

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¥278,000

Explore volcanic craters, tranquil lakes and the wild wetlands of Daisetsuzan National Park while discovering the culture & delicacies of Central Hokkaido on this multi-day guided hiking adventure.

  • Tour Duration

    6 Days
  • Minimum Travellers

    4 People
  • Accommodation

    5 Nights
  • Tour Starts

    Asahikawa
  • Included Meals

    5 Breakfasts
    3 Lunches
    5 Dinners
  • Tour Finishes

    Asahikawa

Tour Highlights

  • Traverse the two prime peaks Mt Asahidake and Mt Kurodake.
  • Meet and learn about the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido.
  • Explore the alpine tarns of Daisetsu Kogen, a habitat for Ezo brown bears.
  • Take in the views of Lake Shikaribetsu from the summit of Mt Hakuunzan.
  • Spectacular ridge-line hiking on Mt Furanodake, in the Tokachi Volcanic Group.

About Daisetsuzan National Park

Designated as a national park in 1934, Daisetsuzan holds a special place in the hearts of the people of Hokkaido. The park covers over 2,300 square kilometres (570,000 acres), which is bigger than the size of Tokyo! A dramatic mountain chain runs through the park, giving the Daisetsuzan the nickname “the Roof of Hokkaido”.

Keigetsu Omachi, a writer during the Meiji and Taisho periods (late 1800s, early 1900s), traversed these peaks long before the trails had been established. He famously said “To understand the height of a mountain, climb Mt Fuji. To understand the vastness of a mountain, climb the Daisetsuzan mountains.”

On this itinerary we discover the best of the vast Daisetsuzan National Park. We traverse between the two prime peaks of Mt Asahidake and Mt Kurodake in the north of the park. We then explore as far south as Lake Shikaribetsu. This tour is be perfect for hiking enthusiasts who also enjoy discovering cultural connections with the landscapes they hike through.


Who is this tour for?

  • Active hikers whose perfect day out is hiking in mountains for 5 to 7 hours a day.
  • Curious travellers who enjoy a mixture of activities & sightseeing and learning about the regions they visit.
  • Adventurous travellers who enjoy rural hospitality staying in Japanese style accommodations with natural hot springs on site.

Around Daisetsuzan Hiking Tour
Itinerary at a Glance

*B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner
Day 1 (L, D)
Meet in Asahikawa, Hokkaido
Day 2  (B, L, D)
Hike from Mt Asahidake to Mt Kurodake – 12.5km/7.7miles
Day 3  (B, D)
Hike at Daisetsu Kogen, a brown bear habitat – 8km/5miles
Day 4 (B, L, D)
Hike up Mt Hakuunzan – 5km/3miles
Day 5 (B, D)
Hike up Mt Furanodake – 10km/6.2miles
Day 6 (B)
Finish after breakfast in Asahikawa


Tour Inclusions

Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • 5 nights accommodation on a twin share basis
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 5 dinners
  • Ainu cultural experience
  • Guided traverse hike from Mt Asahidake to Mt Kurodake
  • Guided hiking to the Daisetsu Kogen Alpine Ponds
  • Guided hiking at Mt Hakuunzan
  • Guided hiking at Mt Furanodake
  • Cable car one way trip to Mt Asahidake
  • Cable car one way trip from Mt Kurodake
  • All transport as described in the itinerary
  • English speaking local guide(s)

Not included

Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Airfare
  • 2 Lunches
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenses
  • Drinks with included meals

Meet your guide

  1. Day 1 The group assembles in Asahikawa City

    Your group will meet between 9:00 am and 9:30 am in Central Asahikawa. Once everyone is together in Asahikawa, we’ll spend some time to get to know each other and the programme for our upcoming adventure before heading off to Mt Arashiyama to warm up our legs.

    Mt Arashiyama is an urban forest park, popular with Asahikawa locals for its accessibility and the panorama of the city from the top. For the local Ainu (the indigenous people of Hokkaido), this is a special place known as ”ci-nomi-sir” in their language. They perform an annual ritual at the end of May here, blessing the Gods and praying for another year full of peace and happiness.

    After our hike, we will have lunch with the Ainu in a replica of a traditional house known as a ”cise” and learn about their culture, history and how they relate to nature in their beliefs and lifestyles. In the late afternoon, we will travel by van for approximately one hour to Asahidake Onsen situated at 1,100m/3,600ft above sea level. We stay the night here in the crisp mountain air enjoying the natural hot springs fed from Mt Asahidake.

    Included meals
    – Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation
    – Ryokan in Asahidake Onsen
    Hiking distance
    – 2 km / 1.2 miles
    Elevation gain
    – 120m / 390ft
    Time
    – 1 to 2 hours

  2. Day 2 Hike from Mt Asahidake to Mt Kurodake

    Asahidake Onsen is a popular entry point to Daisetsuzan National Park. The park is Japan’s largest in size, and one of the first designated as a National Park in 1934. While Daisetsuzan is typically known as the Roof of Hokkaido, in the Ainu world, it is known as ”kamuy-mintar”, meaning the Playground of the Gods.

    We make our way into this sacred location by cable car to Sugatami Station at 1,600m/5,250ft, then start climbing to the summit of Mt Asahidake (2,291m/7,516ft), the highest peak in Hokkaido. Our journey continues on the outer ring of the majestic Ohachidaira volcanic caldera, which was formed by an eruption about 30,000 years ago.

    In the afternoon, we set foot on the summit of Mt Hokkaidake (2,149m/7515ft) and Mt Kurodake (1,984m/6510ft) before descending into the Sounkyo Gorge with the help of a chair lift followed by another cable car. Sounkyo Gorge is a picturesque onsen village nestled between the mountains and the cliffs, making it a popular destination for onsen, hiking, skiing and our welcome home for the night.

    Included meals
    – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation
    – Ryokan in Sounkyo Gorge
    Hiking distance
    – 12.5 km / 7.7 miles
    Elevation gain
    – 860m / 2,822ft
    Time
    – 8 to 9 hours

  3. Day 3 Hike to Daisetsu Kogen Alpine Tarns

    Today we will have an early start and drive over to Kogen Onsen which is 1 hour away from Sounkyo. Daisetsu Kogen serves as a trailhead for the popular Kogen Numa (alpine tarns) hiking trail. This area is far from civilization and home to a great number of native brown bears, higuma, which are occasionally spotted by hikers in early summer. After arriving we have a briefing at the Higuma Information Centre about the bear activity and the latest sightings and then we hit the trail.

    Situated between 1,230m-1,460m (4035ft-4790ft) above sea level, the Kogen Numa provides opportunities to observe alpine flora and over a dozen alpine tarns of various sizes scattered along the trail. Once we return from our hike, we board our van to transfer to Nukabira Onsen, a hot spring village situated by Lake Nukabira. We overnight at a historical hotel that has been renovated into a modern Japanese-style inn and is run by a friendly local family.

    Included meals
    – Breakfast, Dinner
    Accommodation
    – Ryokan in Nukabira Onsen
    Hiking distance
    – 8 km / 5 miles
    Elevation gain
    – 260m / 850ft
    Time
    – 5 to 6 hours

  4. Day 4 Hike up Mt. Hakuunzan

    We’ll kick the day off with a drive along Lake Shikaribetsu on a road only open during the snowless months from April to October. After approximately 30 mins, we’ll arrive at the start of the trail to Mt Hakuunzan on the shore of Lake Shikaribetsu. We will take a loop walk to the top of Mt Hakuunzan (1,186m/3,890ft) and back on the lakeshore trail, which usually takes about 3 hours to complete. From the summit there’s a stunning view of Lake Shikaribetsu and if we are lucky, a chance to spot the Northern pika (rock rabbit) in their rocky dwellings.

    After our hike, we’ll have a lunch at cafe on the lake side, and then drive 2 hours to our accommodation in Furano. The Furano City is known for its flower gardens, fresh produce and scenic landscapes set among the Tokachi Volcanic Group on one side and the Yubari Mountain Range on the other. Tonight, we will dine out in the downtown Furano.

    Included meals
    – Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Accommodation
    – Hotel in Furano
    Hiking distance
    – 5 km / 3 miles
    Elevation gain
    – 280m / 920ft
    Time
    – 3 to 4 hours

  5. Day 5 Hike up Mt Furanodake

    We’ll have an early breakfast at hotel, and head out for the trailhead of Mt Furanodake situated at 1,270m / 4,167ft above sea level. On the way, we will drop by a store to buy lunch and snacks to enjoy the picnic during the hike.

    Mt Furanodake is one of Japan’s Top 100 mountains famous for flowers and the peak attracts hikers from all over Japan to admire the alpine flowers in bloom during the summer months. As well as the flowers, the views over the adjoining peaks of Mt Sanpouzan, Mt Kamifuranodake and Mt Tokachidake from the ridgeline are breathtaking. It is a fitting finale to conclude our multi-day hiking adventure in the Daisetsuzan Mountains.

    After the hike, we will transfer by van for 70 mins and return Asahikawa, where we started our journey. We will celebrate the completion of tour over dinner in downtown Asahikawa.

    Included meals
    – Breakfast, Dinner
    Accommodation
    – Hotel in Asahikawa
    Hiking distance
    – 10km / 6.2 miles
    Elevation gain
    – 570m / 1,870 ft
    Time
    – 5 to 6 hours

  6. Day 6 Farewells

    Our tour finishes after breakfast at hotel. You can walk over to the Asahikawa JR Station, from where you can take a train to Sapporo or a bus to the Asahikawa Airport to get to your next destination. Itterashai!

    Included meals
    – Breakfast
    No Hiking


Please note that the stroke on the map doesn’t indicate the actual hiking routes.

Travel to the Meeting Point

We will meet in Asahikawa between 9:00 am and 9:30 am on the first day. We recommend that you arrive in Asahikawa the day before departure, which we are more than happy to assist you with booking your pre-tour accommodation.

If you are flying into Asahikawa Airport (AKJ) from Tokyo Haneda on the first day, please make sure you reserve an early morning flight that arrives at Asahikawa between 8:30am and 9:30am, which allows us to pick you up from the airport on the day.

An alternative to flight is a train (Japan Railway, abbr. JR), which travels every 30-60 mins between Sapporo and Asahikawa. Upon booking, please let us know your travel plans to Asahikawa, and we will confirm in detail where and what time we will meet on the first day.

You can search train timetable in English on Japan Transit Planner website.

Around Daisetsuzan Hiking Tour Accommodation

DAY 1 Ryokan in Asahidake Onsen Ensuite Onsen spa
DAY 2 Ryokan in Sounkyo Gorge Ensuite Onsen spa
DAY 3 Ryokan in Nukabira Onsen Shared bathroom Onsen spa
DAY 4 Hotel in Furano Ensuite Onsen spa
DAY 5 Hotel in Asahikawa Ensuite Onsen spa

What to Bring on your Daisetsuzan Hiking Tour

Essentials

  • Waterproof jacket and pants
  • Mid- to high-cut hiking boots
  • Fleece or down jacket (even in the summer the temperatures can drop below 10˚C/50˚F)
  • Thermal layers top & bottom
  • Base layers top & bottom
  • Spare pairs of socks
  • Gloves, beanie, and other items to keep you warm
  • Sun hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses
  • Water bottle or hydration system of more than 2L
  • Head torch
  • Quick-dry hand towel
  • Toiletries
  • Personal medications
  • Rain cover for backpack
  • Backpack with enough capacity to carry all of the above
  • Enough face masks for the number of travel days (available to purchase locally)
  • Eco-friendly shopping bag and any other item to reduce single-use plastic waste
  • Travel insurance
  • Passport
  • Cash in Japanese yen. Small restaurants and shops in rural parts of Japan do not accept credit cards. Lunch in general costs 1,000-1,500 yen and dinner 2,000-3,000 yen. You can withdraw cash from an ATM at a post office and 7-eleven convenience stores.

Recommended

  • Walking poles
  • Cellphone power bank
  • Travel SIM
  • Familiar snacks to eat during activities
  • Camera

We supply

  • First-aid kit
  • Safety equipment and maps

Please note that you will be asked to show your passport when checking in accomodation in Japan. It is a requirement for accommodation providers to take a photocopy of the passport of international visitors.

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Dates Trip Status Twin Price (PP) Single Price (PP)  
June 26, 2023 - July 1, 2023
Available
Twin Price (PP): ¥292,000
Single Price (PP): ¥316,000
July 31, 2023 - August 5, 2023
Available
Twin Price (PP): ¥292,000
Single Price (PP): ¥316,000
September 5, 2023 - September 10, 2023
Available
Twin Price (PP): ¥292,000
Single Price (PP): ¥316,000