One of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains.
A Popular Place to See Alpine Plants and Amazing Scenery
Mount Asahi, located in central Hokkaido, is the main peak of the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range.
With a height of 2291 meters, this mountain is a popular tourist attraction and has even been named as one of the 100 Famous Japanese Mountains.
While Mount Asahi can be enjoyed all year round, we recommend a visit in summer where you can easily do a day climb using the ropeway to the 5th station.
Asahidake Ropeway travels from Sanroku Station (Asahidake Onsen), located at 1,100 m above sea level to Sugatami Station, which is located at the mountain’s 5th station at 1,600 m above sea level. The journey takes about 10 minutes.
While on board, the surrounding mountains and nature are introduced and passengers can take in the amazing views beyond the tree line and of the Daisetsuzan Mountains.
Highlights of Asahidake
A long time ago, following a large eruption of Mt. Asahi, rain water and melted snow began to collect in a place where the summit and crater had collapsed and caved in, creating Sugatami Pond.
The pond is visible from the path that leads from the ropeway to the summit.
On sunny days with clear blue skies Mt. Asahi is reflected into the water of the pond, making for an amazing sight.
Alpine Plants that Can Only Be Seen in Summer
Once the snow starts to melt in June, the mountain quickly begins to change for the summer season.
Up until mid-August, the alpine plants that bloom near Sugatami Pond are a must-see.
Enjoy a stroll while taking in the throngs of yellow-flowered rhododendrons and Aleutian avens that are only visible for a short time during the summer.
For more details on the alpine plants, please see the Daisetsuzan National Park Council Official Website.
Enjoy Local Specialties for Lunch!
Before returning to OMO7 Asahikawa, stop in the restaurant area of the ropeway’s Sanroku Station.
Popular dishes include curry featuring vegetables locally grown in the Higashikawa region, katsu ramen, and ramen with boiled tripe. Any of them are a great way to fill up after a good hike and enjoy some of the local flavors.
Depart from the bus stop in front of the hotel (6 Jo 9 Chome).
After arriving at Mount Asahi, board the ropeway at Sanroku Station and take it to Sugatami Station. Enjoy a stroll to Sugatami Pond.
Enjoy a late lunch at the Sanroku Station restaurant.
Depart Daisetsuzan Mt. Asahi by bus
Arrive at the bus stop in front of OMO7 Asahikawa
Join a local guided tour with one of the OMO Rangers for dinner
*6 Jo 9 Chome is the bus stop in front of OMO 7 Asahikawa.
For those who desire a little relaxation, Yukomanso’s day-use hot spring is a must!
Once you slide into the bath your whole body can relax after your hike.
Kamigami no Yu
Reception Hours: 12:00 PM to 7:00 PM (bath open until 8:00 PM)
Admission: Adults: ¥800, Children (ages 6-12): ¥350,
Children (up to age 6): Free
Yukoman no Yu / Shikoro no Yu
Reception Hours: 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM (baths open until 5:00 PM)
Admission: Adults: ¥1,500
Click here for Yukomanso’s Official Website