Mt Asahidake 1 Day Snowshoeing TourGuided day tour from Asahikawa
Step into the world of winter white for a snowy adventure with experienced local guides on this Hokkaido 1 day snowshoeing tour. Daisetsuzan in Winter is a magical place you won’t find anywhere else!
Tour Duration1 Day
Minimum Travellers2 People
Included Meals1 Lunch
- Snowshoe hiking in the snow in the foothills of Mt. Asahidake
- Scenic cable car ride from Asahidake onsen to Sugatami station
- See the spectacular fumaroles steaming vigorously
- Cozy lunch at local restaurant in our base town Higashikawa
Mt. Fuji may be Japan’s most iconic mountain, but for the people of Hokkaido, Mt. Asahidake has a special place in our 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?
- Brave adventurers who like to spend a day in the outdoors in winter conditions, where temperatures can drop below -20˚C/-4˚F
- Winter hikers & snow lovers who like to hike in the snow with the help of snowshoes (No experience required)
- 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 late December to early May. The first snow of the season falls on Mt Asahidake usually around the third week of September. From then the snow melts and accumulates until it stabilizes and sticks around from early December. During the stormy start to winters in Hokkaido, the snow grows deep enough for skiing & snowboarding by Christmas usually, when the Asahidake Ropeway operation gears up to accommodate skis and snowboards. The location is highly popular with skiers and snowboarders from all over the world, thanks to the abundance of dry light snow and the long season. Generally, January is the coldest month, easily hitting -20˚C/-4˚F or lower! The weather becomes more stable towards March, and we can still enjoy snowshoeing up on Mt Asahidake in April (quite often under blue skies), although the snow starts disappearing from the streets in the towns below. Around mid-May we packs our snowshoes away and Mt Asahidake welcomes spring in June.
Please be aware that the cable car can be suspended due to the bad weather, in this case, our guided tour takes place in the native forest around Asahidake Onsen village or an alternative site in Higashikawa.
Tour InclusionsItems that are included in the cost of tour price.
- Return cable car to and from Mt. Asahidake
- Snowshoe rental
- Visit to woodcraft workshop in Higashikawa
- English speaking local guide(s)
- Transport to/from Asahikawa
- Accommodation pick up and drop off
Guided snowshoeing in the foothills of Mt Asahidake
You will meet your Adventure Hokkaido guide between 8:00 am and 8:30 am in the lobby of your hotel or at a pre-arranged location in Central Asahikawa. We start off with an hour’s drive to Asahidake Onsen (1,100m/3,609ft), where we take a scenic cable car ride to Sugatami Station (1,600m/5,249ft). We fit our snowshoes over our footwear and start hiking towards the fumaroles. There are more than 20 vents, energetically discharging the steam into the cold air, with winter temperature making the scene look even more spectacular. During the regular hiking season, we are not allowed to walk off the trail to approach the fumaroles, however in Winter the trail is wherever our snowshoes take us!
We turn around at the fumaroles to head back to Sugatami Station. Depending on the snow condition, we may have some fun sledding on the slope of snow-filled ponds before taking the cable car ride back to the village. We will have a late lunch at a cozy cafe/restaurant in Higashikawa and also call into a woodcraft workshop, which the Asahikawa area including Higashikawa is famous for. We drop you off back at your hotel in Asahikawa or in a nearby town before 5pm.
Walking Distance – 2km / 1.2 miles
Tour Duration – 8 to 9 hours
Elevation – 70m / 230ft
What to bring on your Mt Asahidake 1 Day Snowshoeing Tour
- Hard shell jacket and pants
- Winter/snow boots & thick socks
- Thick fleece or down jacket
- Warm base layers top & bottom
- Ski gloves, beanie, and items to keep you warm
- Sunscreen & sunglasses
- Insulated drink bottle
- Personal medications
- Travel insurance
- Backpack with enough capacity to carry all the above
- Personal snacks
- Snowshoes and poles
- First aid kit
- Safety equipment and maps