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 Travellers4 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 “Kamuy Mintar”, the Playground of the Gods.
Who is this tour for?
- Active hikers whose perfect day out is hiking in mountains for 5 to 7 hours a day.
When is the hiking season in Daisetsuzan National Park?
We run this tour from June to September, and anytime during these months is the perfect time to go! Expect some snow on the trails in the spring season, from June to July. Spring is also the prime time to see the alpine flowers in full bloom, with the meadows coming alive with carpets of colour. 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 ablaze with yellows, oranges and reds. The first snowfall usually occurs just before October on Mt. Asahidake which marks the coming end of the autumn hiking season.
Guided 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.
– 6km / 3.7 miles
– 8 to 9 hours
– 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 summer the temperature can drop below 10℃/50℉)
- 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
- Travel insurance
- Backpack with enough capacity to carry all the above
- Rain cover for the backpack
- Walking poles
- Lunch, onigiri rice balls prepared locally
- First aid kit
- Safety equipment and maps