Daisetsuzan National Park: Summer Activities
As Japan's largest national park, a visit to Daisetsuzan National Park should be on every Hokkaido itinerary. The short summer period of July and August is not only a great time to visit the world famous flower fields at Biei and Furano, but also to access the higher elevations in the park. Ropeways at Asahidake and Kurodake bring visitors midway up the mountain flanks for quick access and hiking trails of all levels. The Sugatami Plateau at Asahidake, directly accessed via the ropeway, is renowned for summer wildflowers, some varieties of which are endemic to the park. Other highlights include the waterfalls at Sounkyo Gorge, wild hot springs, and hiking & trekking trails from one hour to one week.
Popular summer activities include ropeways, hiking & trekking, waterfalls, mountain hut stays, camping, fishing and hot springs. There are excellent hotels and specialized tour operators in key areas as well. Top places to visit include Tokachidake Onsen Resort, Asahidake Onsen Resort, Sounkyo Gorge, Kurodake and Shikaribetsu Lake. We highly recommend making Daisetsuzan National Park a part of your Custom-Made Tour!
Summer Hiking & Trekking
Daisetsuzan offers some of the greatest hiking & trekking possibilities on Hokkaido for all levels of hikers. Whether you're interested in a few hours easy hiking course or a multi-day trek, we offer exceptional guiding service and an intimate knowledge of the mountains.
Hiking at Daisetsuzan National Park can include ropeways, waterfalls, wild hot springs, fumaroles, ascents, descents or flat walks, peaks, mountain hut stays, camping, rivers, marshes and primary forests. Whatever your preferences, contact us to build an awesome hiking & trekking tour at Daisetsuzan, or to include a shorter visit on a wider Hokkaido tour.
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The two main resorts at Daisetsuzan National Park - Asahidake Resort and Kurodake Resort - both have ropeways that carry visitors midway up the rugged mountain range for beautiful nature and spectacular views. The Asahidake Ropeway brings passengers to the Sugatami Plateau, which is a flat walking area with trails that meander between ponds, fumaroles and high-mountain flora. Summertime is dazzling with the unique variety of wildflowers that dot the landscape, especially at the Sugatami Plateau. There is also access to the trialhead of Mt. Asahidake, Hokkaido's tallest mountain. The Kurodake Ropeway is based at Sounkyo Gorge, and views of the towering gorge and plains beyond are breathtaking. Hikers and trekkers can access the Kurodake trailhead from the ropeway's terminus.
Hot Springs Resorts
There are three great hot springs locations in Daisetsuzan National Park: Asahidake Resort, Sounkyo Gorge & Tokachidake Resort. There are also a few smaller hot springs areas such as at Tenninkyo, Shikaribetsu and Shirogane. With the variety of baths and spring types on offer, a hot springs visit is a must for trips to Daisetsuzan.
There are also a number of "wild" hot springs scattered around the park that are just as wonderful to visit. You can take a foot bath or jump right in, but be aware that these "wild" onsen are mixed-bathing, have little to no infrastructure, and are open to all.
With the massive size of Daisetsuzan National Park, it comes as no surprise that there are many large and small waterfalls to be explored. The densest cluster of falls are at Sounkyo Gorge's 8 Waterfalls Trail, where a 3 kilometer walking trail skirts the deepest part of the gorge in spectacular fashion. Asahidake Resort also has a number of small falls within easy hiking distance to the bottom of the ropeway. Further south, the Shirahige Falls, whose waters spill into the blue Biei River, are a local favorite.
Unfortunately, the highest waterfall in Hokkaido and one of the most beautiful, the so-called Angel's Robes Falls in Tenninkyo Gorge, is now inaccessible due to a recent landslide. We are awaiting construction of a new access trail to the falls.
Summer Sightseeing around Daisetsuzan
Daisetsuzan National Park offers great sightseeing opportunities: