Asahidake, the main peak of Daisetsuzan, is Japan's earliest maple viewing spot. You can see the magnificent scenery of Hokkaido in just ten minutes by cable car. It is an extremely popular mountain that attracts countless tourists every year.
From walking in light sneakers to hiking trails leading to other snow-capped mountains, there are colorful, countless beautiful scenery along the way, which is unforgettable at first sight. Be sure to come to Asahidake in Hokkaido to enjoy the beautiful scenery with red maple.
I went there in winter and it was really snow all around. very beautiful. However, if you go in winter and plan to do cable car climbing, you must rent the equipment in the unused lounge on the road before taking the cable car. If you want to ski equipment, or snow walking equipment, of course you can bring your own (for the cable car) The place is rented without equipment. Starting at the door of the cable car house, walking along the road, a few minutes to the unused lounge, on the right hand side.) I just don’t have rental equipment. After riding the cable car, it’s hard to move. After trying three times, snow got into the shoes. . . . The socks were all wet, and the toes were so cold that I didn't feel it. In short, it was miserable. Later, after I went down, I found out that I could rent equipment, but I ran out of time and regretted it. . . . . But the view above is really magnificent! Moreover, there are relatively few people, and there is no one in the surroundings. It feels wonderful and a little scared, but the body automatically walks and explores!
Daisetsuzan Asahidake is located in Kamikawa-gun near Asahikawa City, Hokkaido, Japan. It is the highest peak in Hokkaido with an altitude of more than 2,000 meters. It takes about an hour and a half by car from JR Asahikawa Station to the Asahidake Ropeway Station. There is also a shuttle bus from Asahikawa Airport. Ride a ten-minute box gondola, raise the height of 500 meters, and then come to Suji Station on the mountain, and start hiking. However, from late July to early September is the rainy season in Hokkaido. Asahidake often rains and is very foggy, which is not a good season for hiking. Less than a few hundred meters away from Zijian Station, the plank road is already full of rocks, it is inconvenient to walk, and rainy days are more dangerous. The ice on the water surface of the two small ponds on the mountain has not yet completely melted, and it is faintly visible in the rain and thick fog, flashing white light from time to time.
The place where the autumn leaf season comes first in Japan. From the cable car to the top of the mountain, there are several observatories around 1.7km in a circle. It takes about 1 hour. It is not difficult and the scenery is very beautiful. If the weather is not bad, it is highly recommended. Ordinary and comfortable clothing is fine. Some sections of the road are covered with gravel. It is recommended to wear sports shoes with not too thin soles. It takes about 3.5-4 hours round trip to the summit of Xudake, which is about 4.5-5 hours in total. This is a bit difficult, with climbing experience and appropriate dressing, and it is recommended to try. You can enjoy the scenery from different heights, which is very different. Ascending to the summit of Xuyue Mountain, most of the road sections are very slippery gravel roads, you must have non-slip shoes, waterproof and non-slip hiking shoes are the most suitable. The weather in the mountains is changeable, rainy and foggy, and waterproof jackets are still needed. Gloves and trekking poles are helpful for climbing. Gloves don’t need to be too good. There are gloves at the cable car station, but it’s best to bring a pair of old ones yourself. Just grabbing the rope on the side and sliding down backwards, my hands hurt. When I went down the mountain, the slippery road hurt my knees. Don't protect me from being young. I didn't do my homework beforehand, and my knees hurt before I reached the bottom of the mountain. The temperature at the top of the mountain is low. After all, it is 2291 meters. Bring a warm middle layer jacket. If it’s from the cable car to Zijian Station and start hiking, there are several observation decks and the top of Asahidake Mountain, there is no hidden danger of encountering bears, and bear bells are not required. Asahidake climbs up, it becomes bare and all stone , The bear will not come. Going to the Fuheping line or hiking up from the foot of the mountain without taking the cable car is an area where bears move, so be prepared. Try to go in groups as much as possible, high-five or bring bear bells to inform the arrival of human bears.
There is a special bus directly from Asahikawa Station. The journey takes an hour and a half. This season there are only three times a day. After arriving at the end point, you can go directly on the cable car or climb up. We bought a round-trip lift ticket for 2,900 yen before 10.21, and 1,800 yen after that. It was two days away. The cable car runs every 15 minutes, and it takes five minutes. After getting off the cable car, we can continue to climb to the top of the mountain. We climbed to the fifth observatory and returned, because it is more difficult to climb without climbing equipment. The scenery on the mountain is very good, if it is summer there are beautiful plants.