Mt Asahidake 1 Day Hiking TourGuided day tour from Asahikawa
Experience the best of Daisetsuzan National Park, its diverse alpine environment, and amazing views over the rugged volcanic scenery on this trekking adventure to Hokkaido’s highest peak.
Tour Duration1 Day
Minimum Travellers2 People
Included Meals1 Lunch
- Climb to the summit of Mt. Asahidake, Hokkaido’s tallest peak
- Scenic cable car ride from Asahidake onsen to Sugatami station
- Discover the beauty of Daisetsuzan National Park, a protected land of natural and cultural significance
- Journey through dramatic (and active!) volcanic landscapes, expansive valleys, alpine meadows and clear lakes
Mt. Fuji may be Japan’s most iconic mountain, but for the people of Hokkaido, Mt. Asahidake holds a special place in their hearts. Checking in at 2,291 metres (7.500 feet), it is the tallest mountain in Hokkaido, known as a holy site to northern Japan’s indigenous Ainu people. Follow in the footsteps of Hokkaido’s Ainu ancestors and come and see for yourself why the Ainu people call this breathtaking mountain “Kamui Mintara”, the Playground of the Gods.
Who is this tour for?
- Active hikers who like a challenging hike with continuous ascent to the peak
- Hikers whose perfect day out is hiking in alpine terrain for more than 5 hours
- Curious travellers who love learning about the cultural and ecological values of the regions they visit
The four seasons of Asahidake
We run this tour from June to early October and anytime during these months is the perfect time to go! During the months of June and July, expect some snow on the trails. On this trip we approach the snow-covered areas during the day when the temperature is milder to avoid icy conditions. If you’re interested in seeing the alpine flowers in full bloom, we suggest hitting the trail between June and mid-July for the spring season in the mountains. Summer arrives in Daisetsuzan in August, when most of the snow has melted away. During September, the mountain sees a change in colour with the leaves blazing with yellows, oranges and reds. The first snowfall usually occurs just before October on Mt. Asahidake marking the end of the autumn hiking season.
Hiking to Mt. Asahidake
Kick off your adventure at 8am with a convenient hotel pick up service or meet your Adventure Hokkaido guide at a pre-arranged location in Central Asahikawa before driving for an hour out to Asahidake Onsen village. We’ll hop on the cable car to skip the long and arduous climb and arrive at Sugatami Station at 1,600m (5,200 ft) altitude. After a short walk, we will arrive at the popular Sugatami Pond and the fifth station of Mt. Asahidake, which is the half-way mark to the summit.
From this point onwards, the steepness of the trail will gradually increase and the gravel covering the ground surface will become finer, like volcanic ash. When the weather is fine, you’ll be able to see the spectacular 360° view of the Daisetsuzan and Tokachi mountain ranges from the highest point in Hokkaido. After enjoying the views, we’ll head back down the way we came and around mid-afternoon, we’ll jump back on the cable car and head down to Asahidake Onsen village. We highly recommend staying overnight in Asahidake Onsen to enjoy a leisurely soak in the local onsen resort, otherwise we will drop you off back at your hotel or in a nearby town before 5pm.
Distance – 6km / 3.7 miles
Required time – 8 to 9 hours
Elevation – 640m / 2,100ft
What to bring on your Mt Asahidake 1 day hiking tour
- Waterproof jacket and pants
- Mid- to high-cut hiking boots
- Fleece or down jacket (even in the summer the temperature can drop below 10℃)
- Base layers top & bottom
- Gloves, beanie, and items to keep you warm
- Sun hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses
- Water bottle or hydration system of more than 1L
- Personal snacks
- Personal medications
- Rain cover for the backpacks
- Backpack with enough capacity to carry all the above
- Walking poles
- First aid kit
- Safety equipment and maps