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.
We are no longer taking bookings for this tour
Our team at Adventure Hokkaido is still small and, due to high demand for tours, our guides have little availability for the foreseeable future.
For this reason, we have decided to stop offering day tours for the time being and focus our energy on our Multi-day Guided Tours. As our team grows, we hope to offer day tours again in the future.
For customers who have already booked for this summer, we will still honour your existing booking.
Tour Duration1 Day
Minimum Travellers4 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?
- Active travellers who enjoy walking & hiking for more than 5 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 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.
– 10km / 6 miles
– 8 to 9 hours
– 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
- Lunch, onigiri rice balls prepared locally
- First aid kit
- Safety equipment and maps