Beautiful Fall Foliage and Garden that Gods Have Good Time -Sounkyo in Kamikawa-
October 1st, 2014
Sounkyo (層雲峡) in Kamikawa town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city is a hot-spring resort as a famous fall foliage place. The whole area of Sounkyo is clothed in autumn leaves, and in particular a scenery from Mt. Kurodake (黒岳) is beautiful. A ropeway and a lift are installed from the hot-spring resort of Sounkyo Onsen (層雲峡温泉) to Mt. Kurodake. It is extremely appealing that tourists can reach to the fifth station on the Mt. Kurodake without climbing a mountain on foot. The tourists can look over a very splendid scenery from a high place. The fall foliage is the best season to see in mid September. The tourists will enjoy the splendid scenery of Mts. Daisetuzan (大雪山) called "The garden that gods have a good time (神々が遊ぶ庭)". By the way, the Mt. Kurodake changes to a ski resort in a winter, and Sounkyo Ice Waterfall Festival (層雲峡氷瀑まつり) is held in the winter, too. Admission free, but you want to ride a ropeway, must pay a fare. In addition, you can climb a mountain free. A parking lot is free of charge.
The Kurodake ropeway moves from Yamafumoto Station (山麓駅) at 670 m above sea level to Kurodake Station (黒岳駅) at 1300 m above sea level for about 7 minutes. There is a ski lift at there, the tourists can reach the mountain at 1520 m above sea level without climbing the mountain on foot. The Kurodake Station has a stall, a restraunt and a restroom. A view from an observatory deck on the roof of the station is very good. The tourists can look at the neighborhood of the Mt. Kurodake from the ground near the Kurodake Station, but the observatory deck on the roof is most suitable if you want to see a superb view. Generally movie of TV is filmed from here, too.
Atmosphere of Sounkyo with Fall Foliage Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||One‐way ticket Adult: JPY 1100, Child: JPY 550.
Round‐trip ticket Adult: JPY 1950, Child: JPY 1000.
|Parking lot||Parking is provided (150 Cars)|
|Business hours||06:30-18:30 * It changes depending on seasons|
|Regular closing day||Open all year round|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||623 204 571*47|
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Sounkyo.
|Sounkaku Grand Hotel(層雲閣グランドホテル)|
|Sounkyo Kanko Hotel(層雲峡観光ホテル)|
|Hotel Northern Lodge(ホテルノーザンロッジ)|
|Sounkyo Youth Hostel(層雲峡ユースホステル)|
|Mount View Hotel(マウントビューホテル)|
|Resort Pension Yama-no-Ue(リゾートペンション 山の上)|
A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here
Daisetsuzan National Park