Nakadake Onsen 1 Day Hiking TourGuided Day Tour from Asahikawa
A great day out for hikers and onsen lovers. Come exploring for a secluded natural hot spring tucked away deep in the Hokkaido mountains and indulge in the natural wonders Daisetsuzan National Park has to offer.
Tour Duration1 Day
Minimum Travellers2 People
Included Meals1 Lunch
- Hike through the Sugatami area, the most popular part of Daisetsuzan National Park
- Enjoy a foot spa in a natural thermal spring surrounded by untouched alpine terrain
- Learn about the local fauna and wildlife from your knowledgeable local outdoor guide
About Nakadake Onsen
Nakadake Onsen is a secluded hot spring tucked away deep in the valleys of Daisetsuzan National Park. It is a secret spot known to local hikers, who take advantage of the site to rest and dip their feet into the natural hot waters while admiring the beauty of nature surrounding them. We invite you to join us for this ultimate natural outdoor onsen experience!
Who is this tour for?
- Hikers who enjoy leisurely walk with a gentle ascent in the high country
- Active travellers who enjoy hiking in alpine terrain for more than 5 hours
- Curious travellers who want to discover off-beat tracks and unique experiences Japan has to offer
The four seasons of Nakadake Onsen
We run this tour from June to early October and anytime during these months is the perfect time to go! In 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 which marks the coming end of the autumn hiking season.
Guided hiking to Nakadake Onsen
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 travelling out to Asahidake Onsen village. We’ll hop in the cable car to skip the long, arduous climb and arrive at 1,600m (5,200ft) altitude at Sugatami Station. Overall, the terrain has a gentle inclination over a mix of hard-packed trails, rocks and boardwalks. Together with your experienced outdoor guide, slowly gain altitude as you hike towards Susoaidaira, home to Nakadake Onsen at 1,830m (6,000ft).
The hot spring emerges from the underground water channels and joins the mountain stream in the valley, making for the perfect spot for a foot spa.
Relax and enjoy dipping your feet in Nakadake Onsen, then re-energise yourself with a picnic lunch prepared using local, seasonal produce. After lunch, we’ll take a detour to Sugatami Ike where Mt. Asahidake’s reflection can be seen in the clear, still waters of the lake on fine days.
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 and enjoying a leisurely soak in this local onsen resort, otherwise we will drop you off back at your hotel or in a nearby town before 5pm.
Hiking Distance – 10km / 6 miles
Tour Duration – 8 to 9 hours
Elevation – 320m / 1050ft
What to bring on your Nakadake Onsen 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
- Quick-dry hand towel to dry your feet
- Personal snacks
- Personal medications
- Travel insurance
- Rain cover for the backpacks
- Backpack with enough capacity to carry all the above
- Walking poles
- Drink and snacks
- First aid kit
- Safety equipment and maps