[Bogakudai in Biei] 360-Degree View Can Be Enjoyed at Trailhead
November 25th, 2016
Bogakudai (望岳台) is a lookout in the middle between Shirogane Onsen (白金温泉) and Fukiage Onsen (吹上温泉) linked by Hokkaido Road 996 in Biei town located in the southern part of Asahikawa city. In the Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園), There are a trailhead for Tokachidake Mountain Range, a large parking lot, walks and a shelter in the mountainside at about 930 above sea level. A observation deck is not built. The shelter built in 2016 has a resting place, too, and a restroom is provided for free, too. The walks are built around the Bogakudai, but there are some places closed to the public because a bridge is broken. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. * The road between the Bogakudai and the Shirogane Onsen is closed to traffic from mid October to mid May.
Maruya Onsen (丸谷温泉) and Tokatidake Ski Resort (国設十勝岳スキー場) used to be here. But the onsen was destroyed by the volcanic eruption of the Mt. Tokachidake, and the ski resort was closed and was removed. Shirogane Ryuroko Channel Works (白金流路工) like a river is built to let volcanic mudflow flow because Biei people suffered serious damage by the volcanic eruption several times. 4 bridges are built across the channel works, and Mrs. Ayako Miura (三浦綾子), a famous novelist, that wrote "Deiryu Chitai" named the bridges as Shingetsu Bridge (新月橋), Subaru Bridge (昴橋), Eiko Bridge (永光橋) and Kosen Bridge (虹泉橋). The channel works flow into Biei River with Shirahige Falls (白ひげの滝) near Shirogane Onsen. Blue Pond (青い池) in the lower reaches of the river is relatively near there, too.
Water containing aluminum has flew into a pond from Shirahige Falls, and the pond looked like blue for dispread solar light and was named "Blue Pond (青い池)". The water containing aluminum is harmless to human bodies. Apple company adopted a photograph that Photographer Mr. Taketo Shiraishi (白石健人) took a picture to a wall paper of Mac OS X "Mountain Lion". The photograph of the Blue Pond is breath-holding beauty. There is only parking lot. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Shirahige Falls (白ひげの滝) are one of rare waterfalls that groundwater flow out in Japan. Flowing waterfalls looked like the white mustache, so it was named. There are Shirahige Falls near Shirogane Onsen Resort and tourists can look at those from Blue River Bridge. Article is here
Shirogane Onsen (白金温泉) is a popular hot-spring resort in Biei town located in the southern part of Asahikawa city. Three-hundred thousand people visit here every year. It is a base for sightseeing in the western part of the Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園), and there are trailheads of Tokachidake Mountain Range including Mt. Tokachidake, Mt. Oputashike, Mt. Bieidake and Mt. Furanodake, near the Shirogane Onsen, so a lot of climbers as well as bathers come, too. There are 5 accommodations in a white birch forest, some trail pathes are built around those, too, and the tourists can enjoy great outdoors of Daisetsuzan. In addition, there are Shirogane Tourist information Center (白金観光センター案内所), Rindo Shokudo (林道食堂), Nagai Souvenir Shop (永井商店), Taisetsu Youth Recreation Hall (大雪青年交流の家) and Shirogane Campsite (国設白金野営場), too. By the way, the Shirogane Onsen is not so large, convenience stores are not built. Article is here
Fukiage Onsen (吹上温泉) is a hot spring place in Kamifurano town located in the southern part of Asahikawa city. There are Fukiage Roten-no-Yu (吹上温泉露天の湯) and Fukiage Onsen Rest Center Hakugin-so (吹上温泉保養センター 白銀荘) at 1200 m above sea level. Those are popular for high quality hot springs and a sense of openness. A type of the hot springs is acidic calcium and sodium sulfate chloride spring, and its characteristic is sour taste. That has a lot of the meta-silicic acid content, so it seems to be effective for beautiful skin. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Nonstop buses do not run from Sapporo, New Chitose Airport or Asahikawa. Kamirurano town bus from Kamifurano Station to Fukiage Onsen, and here are Tokachidake Line Time Table and Route Map. Article is here
Daisetsuzan National Park
Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園) is the largest national park of 226,763.56 ha in Japan. A mountain named Daisetsuzan does not exist, and the whole area including the mountains with over 2,000 m above sea level such as Mt. Asahidake (旭岳), the highest mountain in Hokkaido, Mt. Kurodake (黒岳), Mt. Aibestudake (愛別岳), Mt. Tomuraushi (トムラウシ山) is collectively called "Daisetsuzan". A right notation is "Daisetsuzan", but local people often call "Taisetsuzan". For a vast area, Daisetsuzan National Park roughly divide into 4 areas, Omote Daisetu Area (表大雪エリア * Front Daisetsu Area), North Daisetsu Area (北大雪エリア), East Daisetsu Area (東大雪エリア * Back Daisestu Area), Tokachirenpo Area (十勝連峰エリア). Daisetsuzan is called Kamuimintara in Ainu language and means "The garden that gods have a good time (神々の遊ぶ庭)". Tourists can enjoy a just magnificent scene. Article is here
Trailhead for Mt. Tokachidake
The Bogakudai is a trailhead for the Mt. Tokachidake and Mt. Bieidake. The Mt. Tokachidake is an active volcano with an altitude of 2077 m, and is one of 100 famous mountains in Japan or 100 famous mountains with beautiful flowers in Japan. The mountain is well-known for seeing rare animals such as Pika or various flowers such as Wild Rosemary, and a trail is built from the trailhead to the mountaintop. The time it takes to make a round trip on foot is from 5 to 6 hours. It is said that superb views can be seen on the mountaintop. I try to hike it because the trail is easy to hike by beginners. But hikers should beware of bears or volcanic gas.
Without hiking, 360-degree view such as the Tokachidake Mountain Range, plain fields of Furano or the Biei can be enjoyed, and some unmelted snow still remaining the mountain in an early summer and fall foliage in an autumn are beautiful. Rumbling rocks are good, too. In addition, starry sky is very beautiful, too, and some people stay to see the view at the their cars. But beware of the bears, too.
|Admission fee||Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Free parking is provided (50 Cars)|
|Business hours||Open 24 hours|
|Regular closing day||From the mid October to May|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||796 093 374*84|
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Bougakudai. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
|Taisestuzan Shirogane Kanko Hotel(大雪山白金観光ホテル)|
|Hotel Park Hills(ホテルパークヒルズ)|
|Yumoto Shirogane Onsen Hotel(湯元白金温泉ホテル)|
|Biei Guesthouse Shirogane-no-Yu(美瑛ゲストハウス 白金の湯)||
|Fukiage Onsen Rest Center Hakuginso(吹上温泉保養センター 白銀荘)||
|Furano Shiyuirin(富良野 思惟林)|
A page of Biei Shirogane Area is here
Biei Shirogane Area