- August 20th, 2014
[Mt. Hakodake in Bifuka] Superb View Can Be Seen by Car
Mt. Hakodake (函岳) is a mountain between Bifuka town, Otoineppu village and Esashi town in the northern part of Asahikawa city. Its elevation is 1,129 m. The mounatin is known as a good place to enjoy 360 degree view from the mountaintop, and Mt. Rishirifuji (利尻富士) can be seen if it is fine weather. In the evening, starry sky can be enjoyed, too. Kasumi-toge Hakodake Forest Road (加須美峠函岳林道) to the Mt. Hakodake as well as the Mt. Hakodake also has a lot of popularity. Its familiar name is Super Forest Road (スーパー林道), the narrow gravel road is popular with motorcycle riders. The road was used as a shooting place for CM of Mitsubishi Pajero. A meteorological station, Hakodake Hut (函館ヒュッテ), a parking lot are built at the mountaintop, and a restroom is at the hut, too. Except the parking lot and the hut, there is not a sightseeing facility at all. Beware of bears, too. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. The road is closed aroud from late October to mid June.
Speaking of the Bifuka, it is famous as a ramen town, and Founders of Sanpachi Ramen (さんぱちラーメン) and Aji-no-Tokeidai (時計台), famous ramen chains, are from the Bifuka, and the Bifuka will be a town excited at the ramen. Some ramen restaurants open a business in the center of the bifuka. I ate the ramen at Inoue Shokudo (井上食堂) and Suzuya Shokudo (すずや食堂), and those were tasty.
Inoue Shokudo (井上食堂) is a long-established restraunt in the Bifuka town between Asahikawa city and Wakkanai city. A building is built along National Route 40 near Arcs Bifuka branch (アークス美深店), a supermarket, and the appearance of the building has an atmosphere of Showa era. When I entered the restraunt, I was surprised more. The interior decoration was old style, and there was small but cozy raised seating place and tatami-room. Read More
Suzuya Shokudo (すずや食堂) is a long-established ramen restaurant in Bifuka town located in the northern part of Hokkaido, and was founded in 1953, and it with a traditional atmosphere opens a business. The Bifuka is famous as the setting of "Wild Sheep Chase" written by Mr. Haruki Murakami (村上春樹), and the Bifuka has Truck Kingdom (トロッコ王国), Matsuyama Wetland (松山湿原) and Mt. Hakodake (函岳). Founders of Sanpachi Ramen (さんぱちラーメン) and Aji-no-Tokeidai (時計台) are from the Bifuka, and the Bifuka will be a town excited at ramen. All ramen restaurants in the Bifuka seem to be tasty. Read More
Look of Mt. Hakodake
A signboard written as "Superb View, Mt. Hakodake (絶景函岳)" is built along National Route 40. I found myself reaching the mountaintop when I followed the road. Visitors do not need to go up the mountain on foot. But they must drive on the gravel road of one car width for a little less than 30 km. Speed do not rise, and I guess that it take about 1 hour from the center of the Bifuka to the mountaintop by a car. Here is a tourist attraction without a lot of people, so nature is very rich. I saw north foxes and Yezo squirrels on the road several times.
It was cloudy on that day, but there was the mountaintop above clouds, and clear weather was above the clouds. Alpine plants grew thick, and I felt as if I went up Daisetsuzan Mountain Range (大雪山). The meteorological station is built on the mountaintop, and the visitors can view "Superb View, Mt. Hakodake" after going round to the back via the side of the meteorological station. A lookout point was on cliffs, and bamboo grass spreaded over under my eyes, and some ponds were in the sea of the bamboo grass, too. If there were not the clouds, I thought that the view was superb certainly. However, the visitors can enjoy feeling like a hermit because they were above the clouds.
Atmosphere of Mt. Hakodake Can Be Watched on Youtube
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (15 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||Spring season and Winter season|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||651 889 502*42|
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Bifuka. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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