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Asahidake Hiking: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You

Summer + Hokkaido = Hiking in Asahidake

Asahidake is the highest mountain in the Japanese island of Hokkaido and is located in the biggest national park of Japan: Daisetsuzan. As part of a group of volcanoes in the Ishikari Mountains, it is a very famous goal among hikers, especially in summer when the mountain is more accesible from Asahidake Onsen via Asahidake Ropeway. It is a perfect region for hiking tours thanks to its unique trails which pass through hot springs and amazing landscapes.  

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FAQs: Hiking in Asahidake

What should I know about Hiking Asahidake?

Asahidake is the most important tourist place in Hokkaido and attracts visitors from all over the world. To climb the mountain, you can take a cable car, available all year round. Once at the station, there is a great exploration trail, where you can enjoy the natural landscape, such as alpine plants and crater lakes. It is really a dream place for those who love hiking.

Why should I choose Asahidake for my Hiking adventure?

Good access

Mount Asahidake is the highest peak in Hokkaido at 2290 meters. It is possible to take a cable car to an upper part of the mountain and from there, start your two-hour hike to the summit. This last section is above the tree line and becomes somewhat challenging. It is important to be in good physical condition.
Autumn starts here
Although the ideal season for hiking in Asahidake is the summer, this mountain, as well as the entire national park that hosts it, is the first place in Japan where you can enjoy the 'Momiji', that is, the colors of autumn. This phenomenon takes place at the end of September.
If you are a nature lover like us, you will really enjoy this place and its surroundings. Asahidake is situated inside a preserved area with great vegetation and wildlife: forests, mountains, pristine lakes, grizzly, and hot springs of volcanic origin (called 'onsen').

What can I expect from the weather during my Hiking trip in Asahidake?

Summer here is cool and winter is extremely cold. Most of the island is affected by the humid continental climate. The average summer temperatures are 22 °C, and in winter, it can reach -12 °C.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Asahidake region?


What currency is accepted around Asahidake?

Japanese Yen

How can I get to Asahidake?

There are 11 airports in Hokkaido, and nine of them can be reached directly from Tokyo. The largest airport is Shin-Chitose (Sapporo), where 50 flights arrive per day. You can also travel from Tokyo to Hokkaido by train: passengers can go directly from Tokyo station to Shin-Hakodate Hokuto station, via the new Shinkansen train route.

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When is the best time to travel to Asahidake for Hiking?

Hikers arrive at the mountain during the summer (from June to September). When winter comes up and covered it in white, this place starts receiving skiers and snowboarders.

What people are saying about Hiking | Asahidake



The trip was great. The views are extrodinary.


Jun did an incredible job guiding us through Daisetsuzan National Park. He was attentive, friendly and courteous. His knowledge of the local flora, fauna, and landscape was superb (that rock garden in particular left a deep impression on me). His cooking was superb. And, we felt like we experienced aspects of the Japanese outdoors and culture that are very hard to reach. Andy and I had a phenomenal time.



Excellent professional guide and wonderful scenery



It was a great experience and with Jun we had a fabulous guide. We hope he will be a guide for much longer to join him again. Thanks a lot Jun, どもありがとうございます

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