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Hiking in Daisetsuzan National Park: Top Outdoor Adventures Awaiting You

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Head to Hokkaido and hike through Japan's largest national park!

Experience the unique and abundant wildlife on the northernmost island of Japan while trekking through more than 2,250 square kilometers of jaw-dropping wilderness! From tall peaks that include Hokkaido’s largest mountain, Asahidake (2,290m), to rare wildlife like the brown bear and pika, this natural landscape offers unforgettable hikes for every type of adventurer!

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FAQs: Hiking in Japan

What should I know about Hiking Japan?

Daisetsuzan National Park, situated on the northern island of Hokkaido, is the largest natural reserve in the country. Hikers of every level will be enchanted by the colors of the forest, the expanse of the valleys and meadows, and the size of the mountains and volcanoes. Fields of wildflowers dazzle hikers as they trek along winding trails. Daisetsuzan is notorious for its rich flora and fauna, including more than half of Hokkaido’s alpine plants. The summit of Asahidake (2,290m), the highest peak in Hokkaido, is a fun challenge for visitors, as are the surrounding mountains, many reaching over 2,000 meters. Other adventurers can enjoy a healthy supply of gorgeous trails that are supplemented by flowing water, breathtaking ridges, and charming forests.

Why should I choose Japan for my Hiking adventure?

Rugged Wilderness!

The massive size of the park allows travelers to get lost in its composition. It is named after the great snowy peaks that tower across it and make way for the valleys, streams, waterfalls, and hot springs that dot the landscape. The diverse flora and geology make it quite an undertaking, so hikers should be ready for a full-on expedition into Japanese nature.

Eclectic Adventures!

Daisetsuzan has a little of everything, so fashioning a trip around a multitude of objectives is a must. Hike to hot springs and resorts for a more relaxed trip, fully immerse yourself wildlife and forestland, climb to accessible volcanic peaks, or just spend an afternoon hiking to a waterfall. There is enough to keep you occupied for a lifetime or two in this seemingly endless park.

Evocative Scenery!

With so much terrain, it should come as no surprise that Daisetsuzan is so photogenic. Many visitors come to watch the leaves change colors in autumn, one of many satisfying natural aspects of the park. From the manageable peaks you can look out across the forests, which hide waterfalls and gorges of immense beauty.

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

Seasons are one of the accommodating features of Daisetsuzan. Its northern location has a continental climate, making for long, cold winters and generally warm summers. Snow can linger late into spring.

Which language is predominantly spoken in the Japan region?

Japanese

What currency is accepted around Japan?

Yen (JPY)

How to Get There

Daisetsuzan is centrally located on Hokkaido, so getting there is fairly straightforward from the major cities of the island. The Asahikawa Airport is the closest hub to the northwest of the park. Trains run to the park, and traveling from Sapporo via train should take just under four hours. There is other public transportation available to the park, though its reliability is questionable. Rental cars are also available at major airports and cities.

What's the country code for the Japan region?

+81

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

The best time to hike through Daisetsuzan is during the summer and autumn. Temperatures are favorable and the changing leaves are an unforgettable experience in the park. Spring can start late, though it can also provide reasonable conditions for a visit.

What people are saying about Hiking | Daisetsuzan National Park

Christina

5.00

Had a great trip with Yasuko! The trip was well-organized and we were able to customize it to our preferences. Gorgeous scenery and delicious food--couldn't ask for anything more.

Wim

4.00

Yuki Nagaya replaced Takao and did a perfect job. Daisetsuzan is very nice, scenery is tremendous and the trail is challenging. Onsen was available in all mountain huts. Apart from bring a great guide; Yuki prepares delicious food.

Gadi

5.00

The trip was great. The views are extrodinary.

5.00

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.

Maria

5.00

Excellent professional guide and wonderful scenery

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