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Beautiful Most Earliest Fall Foliage in Japan -Mt. Asahidake in Daisetsuzan Montain Ranges, Higashikawa-

October 1st, 2014

Mt. Asahidake (旭岳) is an active volcano in Higashikawa town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city and is the representative mountain and the highest mountain with 2,291 m in height of the Daisetsuzan Mountain Ranges (大雪山連峰). About 300,000 people visit Mt. Asahidake. There are 2 trailheads for the mountaintop of Mt. Asahidake and the Susoaidaira (裾合平), but it is the Asahidaira that tourists want to take in the sights without climbing mountains. Admission free, but you want to ride a ropeway, must pay a fare. One‐way ticket Adult: JPY 1650, Child: JPY 1450. Round‐trip ticket Adult: JPY 2900, Child: JPY 1450. In addition, you can climb a mountain free. There are a free parking lot and a toll parking, and the free parking is filling immediately during fall foliage season.

Ticket Gate for Ropeway at Yamafumoto Station
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
View from Ropeway
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Fall Foliage Comes into Sight
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa

Speaking of Mt. Asahidake, many people often refer to a walking path of Asahidaira (旭平). The tourists can move from Yamafumoto Station (山麓駅) at 1100 m above sea level to Sugatami Station (姿見駅) at 1600 m above sea level for about 10 minutes if the tourists get on the Asahidake Ropeway (旭岳ロープウェイ). In addition, there are a restroom and a souvenir shop at the Sugatami Station and are a restroom, a souvenir shop and a restaurant at the Yamafumoto Station. There is a famous hot-spring resort, Asahidake Onsen (旭岳温泉), near the Yamafumoto Station and Mt. Asahidake change to a ski resort in a winter.

Lecture at Sugatami Station
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Sugatami Station
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Stall
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
I Eat Curry-BOU at Sugatami Station
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
I Look over from Sugatami Station
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
I Look at Mt. Asahidake from Sugatami Station
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa

Mt. Asahidake is a famous palce for fall foliage and is known as a place that the earliest colored leaves can be seen in Japan, too. There are viewing points and ponds along the walking path on Asahidaira and the tourists can look up the mountaintop of the Mt. Asahidake and look over Lake Chubetsu (忠別湖).

Bilberry and Crowberry
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
First Observation Point
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
First Observation Point
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
View from First Observation Point
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
View from First Observation Point
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Wintergreen
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Meoto (Married Couple) Ponds
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Second Observation Point
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
View from Second Observation Point
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Third Observation Point
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Mangetsu Pond
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Walking Path to Sugatami Pond
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Meoto (Married Couple) Ponds. Left Is Suribachi Pond, Right Is Kagami Pond
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Kagami Pond
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Suribachi Pond
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Image of Mt. Asahidake Reflected in Water of Suribachi Pond
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Fourth Observation Point
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Kagami Pond
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Fall Foliage and Sea of Clouds
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Wild Scenery
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa

In particular, the tourists can approach the fumarole and look at the beautiful surface of Sugatami Pond (姿見の池) that an image of the Mt. Asahidake reflected in water and Kagami Pond (鏡池) and Suribachi Pond (摺鉢池) called Meoto (夫婦池 * married couple) Ponds and alpine plants such as Rhododendron Aureum and watch small animals such as Pika. Visitors can go a round for about 1 hour. But there are gravel paths and stairs with very uneven on the walking path, please wear sturdy walking shoes and warm clothes.

Sugatami Pond
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Fumarole
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Active Steam
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Sugatami Observation Point
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Sugatami Observation Point
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
View from Sugatami Observation Point
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Mt. Asahidake and Sugatami Pond
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Fifth Observation Point
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
View from Fifth Observation Point
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Eriophorum Vaginatum Grow Thick
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Eriophorum Vaginatum
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Sea of Clouds
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Asahidake Stone Hut and Fall Foliage
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Maple-Leaves Which Turned Red and Sea of Clouds
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Fall Foliage
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Rough Walking Path
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa
Fall Foliage
Mt. Asahidake with Fall Foliage in Higashikawa

ASAHI-DAKE Hiking map is released in 2017

Atmosphere of Mt. Asahidake Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Mt. Asahidake

Atmosphere of Mt. Asahidake Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Mt. Asahidake

Admission fee Admission free
Parking lot Toll parking lot is provided (JPY 500). Free parking is provided (80 Cars)
Business hours 09:00-17:00 * It chenages depending on seasons
Regular closing day Irregular closing day
Telephone number +81-166-68-9111
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 796 861 007*30

Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in Asahidake Onsen.

Asahidake Onsen Hotel Bear Monte(旭岳温泉 ホテルベアモンテ)
Art Village Toki(アートビレッジ 杜季)
Booking
Rakuten
Daisetsuzan-Sanso(大雪山山荘) Only Tel:+81-166-97-2326
Daisetsuzan Shirakabaso Youth Hostel(大雪山白樺荘 ユースホステル)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Lodge Nutapukaushipe(ロッジ・ヌタプカウシペ) Only Tel:+81-0166-97-2150
Yumoto Yukomanso(湯元 湧駒荘)
La Vista Daisetsuzan(ラビスタ大雪山)
Grand Hotel Daisetsu(グランドホテル大雪)
Asahidake Manseikaku Hotel Deer Valley(旭岳万世閣 ホテルディアバレー)
Booking.com
Booking.com

A page of Daisetsuzan National Park is here

Daisetsuzan National Park

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