The highlights of Daisetsuzan National Park (Nutapukaushipe in Ainu), Asahi-dake (旭岳) is home to the great ridge and highland onsen in Northern Hokkaido. You can make an easy day trip or overnighter from Asahikawa. Although it can get busy from summer to autumn, as well as in ski season.

Sightseeing

Asahi-dake Ropeway

旭岳ロープウェイ

1min walk from Asahi-dake bus stop


Climbing 500m above Asahidake Onsen, this 2360m-long cable car offers breaking views over the surrounding mountains, forest and wetlands. An hour, 1.7km loop hiking trail heads from its top station to Sugatami-no-ike (姿見の池) crater pond beside a smoking volcano. Alpine plants bloom in summer. Skiing is available from December to early May.

Asahi-dake

旭岳

2hr hike from Sugatami-no-ike


From Sugatami-no-ike (at 1600m), you can climbing Hokkaido’s highest peak of Asahi-dake (2291m) in about two hours. If you wish to more hikes from the peak, allow five hours to reach the top of Kuro-dake (1984m), or a four hours detour hike down to Sugatami-no-ike via Nakadake Onsen natural open-air springs and the Susoai-daira plateau. The official mountaineering season is from 1 June to 20 October.

Asahidake Onsen

旭岳温泉

1min walk from Asahi-dake bus stop


This tiny highland onsen village (at 1050m), about 45km east of Asahikawa, is the base for Hokkaido’s highest peak of Asahi-dake. Most onsen hotels and hostels offer day-use entry. There are several trails around the village.

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Hotels

All accommodation provide half-board, it is wise to book meals at your accommodation because there are no restaurants in Asahidake Onsen. Otherwise, bring any food items from Higashikawa or Asahikawa. Reservations are essential if you are visiting on weekends in high-seasons.

Yumoto Yukoman-so

湯元湯駒荘

1min walk from Asahidake-onsen-iriguchi bus stop


Dating back to 1914, Yukoman-so has tasteful daiyokujo (indoor baths) and roten-buro (open-air baths) with five different mineral waters. Rooms are Japanese- and Western-style, each with natural water. The restaurant serves kaiseki (haute cuisine) using local ingredients of Hokkaido.

La Vista Daisetsuzan

ラビスタ大雪山

1min walk from Asahidake-Camp-jo bus stop


This chalet-style resort hotel features elegant rooms with mountain views, cozy lounges and a variety of indoor and open-air baths. There is a chic dining room serving creative French dinner using local ingredients. A seasonal free shuttle service is possible from JR Asahikawa Station on weekend , reservation required four days in advance.

Hotel Bearmonte

旭岳温泉ホテルベアモンテ

3min walk from Asahi-dake bus stop


One of Asahidake Onsen’s most modern resort hotels offer contemporary rooms and communal baths. It is the closest position to Asahidake Ropeway station.

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Getting There

BUS

Asahikawa Denkikido bus 66 (called ideyu-go) runs between JR Asahikawa Station and Asahi-dake’s ropeway station (1hr 48min), via Asahikawa Airport (1hr) and Higashikawa Michikusakan (49min).

In Asahidake Onsen, buses stop at Asahidake-onsen-iriguchi (in front of the Yukoman-so) and Asahidake-Camp-jo (in front of the Shirakaba-so and the La Vista Daisetsuzan).

Information

Asahi-dake Visitor Center
旭岳ビジターセンター
Near Asahi-dake Ropeway Sanroku Station, this visitor center exhibits local fauna and flora, weather forecast and tha latest trail conditions. It has an information desk for local eco tours. Snowshoes, snow boots and cross-country ski rental is also available.

Asahi-dake bus stop

旭岳 | 아사히다케


Address:Yukomanbetsu, Higashikawa-cho, Hokkaido

Distance:45km from Asahikawa

Elevation:1106m