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Asahidake Ropeway

The Asahidake Ropeway in Daisetsuzan National Park connects visitors from Asahidake Onsen to within a two-hour hike of Mount Asahidake’s summit, the tallest mountain in Hokkaido. The ropeway’s upper station sits at a lofty 1600 metres above sea level and provides a wondrous view of the treeless alpine tundra, whilst alpine flowers bloom as far as the eye can see in the summer.

Asahidake Ropeway
  • A particularly inviting 30-60 minute hiking trail for beginners can be found around the ropeway’s upper station. The spherical track covers ponds and sulphurous vents – a testament to the whole of Daisetsuzan’s volcanic origin.

    Asahidake Ropeway

    Asahidake Ropeway

    Asahidake Ropeway

    Asahidake Ropeway

    Those seeking a bit more of a challenge and adventure can ascend to the summit of Mount Asahidake, a hike which takes approximately two hours from the upper station of the Asahidake Ropeway. A further 1-2 day trail for advanced hikers continues from the summit of Asahidake and travels through to the summit of Mount Kurodake, which then leads to the relaxing Sounkyo Onsen. Mount Asahidake is the first place in all of Japan to experience the autumn colours and first snows. A flurry of visitors flock to see the beautiful in bloom foliage from mid-September, whilst skiers come in droves from December to early May.

    Asahidake Ropeway

    Asahidake Ropeway

    The ropeway station itself features a specialty shop which sells confections from across Hokkaido, as well as some exclusive Asahidake products including beer, cookies, and various other trinkets. The food corner also sells fresh local specialties such as delicious deer sausage and Tokachi milk ice cream. The base station restaurant also features curry made with fresh seasonal vegetables from the local Higashikawa area – the most popular dish in the restaurant. Whilst further up at the summit station shop, one can purchase a number of other specialty goods including the exclusive Asahikawa Ropeway mountain croquette – which goes down a treat with the organic coffee, freshly brewed with meltwater from Asahidake. The mountain croquette can only be bought on the upper station of Asahidake ropeway, and is made using locally grown mountain potatoes and locally grown beef.

    Asahidake Ropeway

    Asahidake Ropeway

    Asahidake Ropeway provides a unique enjoyable experience year round, as the scenery changes with the seasons and provides an ever shifting, and ever beautiful backdrop fit for the grandest of postcards. During the winter visitors can experience some of the nation’s best powder snow, and when the conditions are just right visitors may even be treated to observing some stunning natural weather phenomena such as diamond dust, sun pillars, and wind ripple.

    Asahidake Ropeway

    Asahidake Ropeway

    As the winter settles onto spring and the foliage at the foot of Asahidake begins to bloom once again, visitors can experience a totally different perspective of Asahidake. As the seasons shift and summer turns to autumn, so too does the scenic ever fluctuating mosaic of organic colour which greets visitors. A truly picturesque experience is guaranteed no matter what time of year one visits Asahidake Ropeway.

    Daisetsuzan National Park
    Address
    Furano City in Hokkaido, Biei-cho in Kamikawa-gun, Kamifurano-cho in Sorachi-gun, others
    Phone
    Mt.Asahi
    Address
    Hokkaido Kamikawa-gun Higashikawacho Asahidake Onsen
    Phone
    0166823761
    Mt. Kurodake
    Address
    Hokkaido Kamikawagunkamikawachou Sounkyou
    Phone
    Sounkyo Onsen
    rating 53 Reviews
    Address
    Hokkaido Kamikawagunkamikawachou Sounkyou
    Phone
    0165821811
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