Experience the great outdoors! Asahidake Trekking

Experience the great outdoors! Asahidake Trekking

After enjoying the aerial ropeway ride with a view of the “Garden of the Gods” below, trek around the Sugatami Station area, where the best parts of Asahidake, the highest peak in Daisetsuzan, can be seen. Asahidake, the highest peak in the Taisetsu Mountains. Enjoy encounters with alpine plants and endemic flora and fauna, such as the Ginsan black-faced goshawk and the Ezo chipmunk. This is a dynamic and satisfying tour that also includes mountain gourmet meals and natural hot spring baths.

Spots to visit on this course

  • Asahidake Visitor Center
  • Asahidake Ropeway
  • Sugatami Pond Trekking
  • Sugatami Restaurant
  • Yumoto Yukomanso


Departure from Asahikawa Station

Asahikawa Denkikidou Information Center
(Wise Hotel 1F)

Interior view

Ticket machine

Ticket machine screen. Purchase two one-way tickets for a round-trip ticket. Cashless ticket machines are available.


7:15 Asahikawa Station, Bus Stop No. 9

No. 66 “Ideyu-go”

About 2 hours ride
Be sure to take a numbered ticket.
When you get off the bus, hand over the ticket together with the numbered ticket to the driver.


9:03 in front of Hotel Bearmonte

◇On foot.


Visit Asahidake Visitor Center

Asahidake is the highest peak in Hokkaido and the main peak of Daisetsuzan, a mountain range of 2,000m class peaks located almost in the center of Hokkaido. Asahidake ropeway runs from Sanroku Station at the foot of the mountain to Sugatami Station at an elevation of 1,600 m. The high season begins in June when the mountain opens to the public and ends in early September when the leaves change color, attracting many climbers. After the autumn foliage season, the long winter season comes and the best powder snow can be enjoyed.

The exhibition introduces the characteristics of Mt. Daisetsuzan and the Tokachidake mountain range and how to enjoy each season, the flora and fauna, and the efforts being made to maintain the environment.

Animals and plants living and growing around Mt. Daisetsuzan are introduced with stuffed animals, resin specimens, and AR Exhibition.

Tablets are installed in front of the diorama in the museum and in front of the taxidermy exhibit. Visitors can use the tablets to navigate the trail and check information on plants and animals.

Local Guide Recommendation!

In addition to providing easy-to-understand displays, explanations, and screenings about the history and nature of Daisetsuzan National Park, the museum also provides real-time information necessary for mountaineering that you need to know now, making it a good place to stop by if you are a beginner climber or if Asahidake is new to you. In addition, experience programs (eco-tours) are offered throughout the year to allow visitors to learn more about and enjoy the charms of Daisetsuzan National Park and Higashikawa Town.


Asahidake Onsen, Higashikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
Closed: Year-end and New Year holidays

Travel by foot


10:05 Asahidake Ropeway

Asahidake ropeway, which connects Asahidake Onsen (1,100 meters above sea level) to the fifth station of Asahidake (1,600 meters above sea level) in about 10 minutes, is the main sightseeing spot of Asahidake and can accommodate up to 101 passengers at one time. The ropeway is the main attraction for sightseeing in Asahidake. 101 passengers at a time can board the ropeway, which provides a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains and the natural environment. In winter, diamond dust, sun pillars, and other rare natural phenomena often appear, and many photographers come to capture these fleeting moments.
From December through May, ski trails are maintained, and the ropeway is transformed into a glamorous image as mountain skiers from all over the world come to enjoy the fine powder snow.
The ropeway runs every 15 minutes in summer and every 20 minutes in winter, with extra services available during peak season.

Enter the entrance and go to the right

Go up the stairs to the second floor.

Ticket booth. Credit cards are accepted for tickets.


Asahidake Onsen, Higashikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
Top season (6/1-10/20)
Runs every 15 minutes.
Round-trip ticket / One-way ticket
Adults (junior high school students and older): 3,200 yen / 2,000 yen
Child: 1,600 yen / 1,000 yen



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Once you get off the ropeway, you will find yourself in the alpine zone where there are no tall trees. This course is recommended for those who do not want to do hard hiking but want to enjoy alpine flora. The vegetation in this area is called the Yukita area, and because the snow melts at different rates depending on the topography and exposure to the sun, alpine flora can be enjoyed from late June to mid-August. The area is especially famous for the swan snow ravine and the field of chinguruma flowers that can be seen from mid to late July at Sogodaira. This is a trekking course for experienced climbers, requiring 6-7 hours for the round trip, and especially in July when there is still snow on the ground, it is recommended to bring proper hiking gear. Please be careful not to stray from the trail and trample on the flower fields. For those who wish to see alpine flora, even if only for a short while, a walk around the Sugatami Pond Park is enough to fully enjoy the flower fields of Daisetsuzan. Because of the many fumaroles that emit sulfurous acid gas and hydrogen sulfide, only plants that can tolerate volcanic gases can live in this area.

Geum pentapetalum

Daisetsuzan Ai no Kane (Bell of Love)

Sugatami Pond

Local guide recommendation!

The recommended course is the 1.7-kilometer “Sugatami no Ike Round Tour Course,” which takes one hour per week. The moderately undulating course is suitable for beginners. Here, in this treasure trove of nature, you may encounter the Ezo chipmunk, a semi-endangered species. If you encounter one, keep your distance and do not feed or touch it. The pretty alpine plants gently waving in the air are also lovely. Asahidake, even in summer, the temperature changes rapidly and it can suddenly get cold. It is recommended to dress warmly when you visit. Don’t miss the area around Sugatami Pond, once called Kamuimintara (Garden of the Gods) by the Ainu people.


Croquettes at Sugatami Station

At the store of the Sugatami Station, you will find the famous “handmade croquettes of the mountain. Enjoy the croquettes, which are made in the shape of a mountain, while watching the volcanic fumes climbing up from the mountain. The croquettes, made with Taisetsu Sanroku Sasabuta pork and local Higashikawa potatoes, are crispy and chewy. The croquettes are crispy and flaky, with a rich flavor, so you can enjoy them as they are. Organic coffee brewed with Asahidake source water is also recommended.


Lunch at Sanroku Station

The restaurant at Sanroku Station uses carefully selected ingredients, and the most popular dish in summer is curry with vegetables from the Higashikawa region. The ramen noodles topped with pork cutlet and stewed hormone are hearty. It is one of the few lunch spots in Asahidake Onsen.
*Cash only.
*English is available on the menu where meal tickets are purchased.


Asahidake Ropeway Station 2F, Asahidake Onsen, Higashikawa-cho
Open/11:00-16:00 (LO.15:00)
Closed/Open all year round

◇On foot

(about 20 minutes)

Exit the ropeway and go down


Take a one-day trip to Yukomanso

Discovered in 1914 (Taisho 3), this hot spring has been constantly gushing out more than 300 liters of hot water per minute since its establishment. The spring consists of “magnesium” sulfate and positive bitterness spring, “calcium” gypsum spring, “alkali metal” bicarbonate spring, and “iron” greenish-brown spring, and in particular, the “sulfate spring” with boric acid chlorine is one of the best hot springs in Japan.
All of the hot spring water is poured directly into the bathtubs as it gushes from a private hot spring on the premises. Experience the charm and efficacy of “real hot spring water” that can only be experienced at an inn with a high-quality and abundant source of hot spring water.

Local Guide Recommendation!

Located in a protected area of the national park’s natural environment, the inn boasts magnificent nature of the four seasons, rock baths, open-air baths, and natural spring water. The meals made with Hokkaido and local ingredients for guests are also well known, and a must-try when you visit Asahidake Onsen on an overnight stay.


Asahidake Hot Spring, Yukomambetsu, Higashikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
One day trip bathing
Hours: 12:00-18:00 (open until 19:00)
<Rates for use
Adults: 1,200 yen
Children (elementary school age): 600 yen
Infants (under elementary school age): Free of charge
Rinse-in shampoo and body soap available
Bath towel: 300 yen
Face towel: 200 yen


Asahidake Onsen Entrance Departure

◇No. 66 “Ideyu-go”

The return bus stop is right in front of Yukomanso.
The number of buses is increased when it is crowded, but you may be seated in an auxiliary seat. If you have time, it is recommended to take the first bus.

Get to the bus stop a little early.

Take a numbered ticket and get on the bus.

No. 9 bus stop in front of Asahikawa Station

Pay when you get off the bus and hand over the ticket together with the numbered ticket.

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