Daisetsuzan National Park

Daisetsuzan National Park
Japan’s biggest national park is a geothermal playground, offering mountain climbs for all abilities, numerous onsens and some of the country’s rarest wildlife.

The volcanoes within Daisetsuzan National Park are more than challenges to climbers they feed the hot springs that soothe those climbers’ aching muscles at the end of the day. Larger than many of Japan’s prefectures, the park also has some of Japan’s tallest peaks, including the “roof of Hokkaido,” Asahi-dake, which shoots up 7,510 feet (2,291 meters). Attempt to explore its 875 square miles (2,270 square kilometers) or admire the peaks from a distance as you relax with the simple luxuries of a stay at an onsen resort.

Ride the gondola up Mt. Kuro-dake, an easy way to reach the peak for panoramic views of the park stretching out below. In spring and summer, see wildflowers painting the green hillsides in pastel colors, a vivid contrast to the fiery reds and oranges of autumn. Trek down into Sounkyo Gorge or get into the car and drive to the trails through the marshes that display some of Japan’s best fall foliage.

For an authentic park experience, head down the Daisetsuzan Grand Traverse. Spend five to seven days camping in tents or in cabins, watching the stars at night and keeping cameras ready for sightings of pikas and deer during the day.

An equally authentic experience is to stay at the onsen, taking short walks during the day but retiring to the heated pools of water at night, with the only sound the occasional hooting of a Blakiston fish owl, one of the world’s largest.

Daisetsuzan covers a huge portion of central Hokkaido and has several entrances. Most people arrive via nearby Asahikawa, a 1-hour drive from the park’s visitor center. Asahikawa itself is a 2-hour drive or train ride from Sapporo. Fly from several regional destinations to nearby Asahikawa airport, a 30-minute drive from the city. Limited public transportation is available in the park, so rent a private vehicle to explore many of the areas. Car rentals are available at Asahikawa airport and downtown.

The park is only officially open for hiking from July to September, though with good gear, you can try winter hiking. Visit the onsens year round.

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K's House Hokkaido - Asahidake Onsen Hostel
K's House Hokkaido - Asahidake Onsen Hostel
2 out of 5
Higashikawacho, Yukomambetsu, Higashikawa, Hokkaido, 071-1472
Fully refundable
The price is HK$522 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Stay at this ski hostel in Higashikawa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and hot springs on site. Popular attractions Asahidake Ropeway and Asahi-Dake are located ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (34 reviews)
Great place!
"This is a really good hotel! Friendly staff, clean rooms and there is an excellent kitchen to prepare your food. The Onden is very nice and feels amazing after a hike on the Asahidake mountain."

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

K's House Hokkaido - Asahidake Onsen Hostel
La Vista Daisetsuzan
La Vista Daisetsuzan
4 out of 5
Asahidake Onsen, Higashikawa, Hokkaido, 071-1472
The price is HK$2,373 per night from 26 Jul to 27 Jul
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Sounkyo Onsen Choyo Resort Hotel
Sounkyo Onsen Choyo Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Souunkyou Onsen Kamikawa-cho, Kamikawa, Hokkaido, 078-1701
The price is HK$1,261 per night from 31 Jul to 1 Aug
Stay at this 3.5-star spa hotel in Kamikawa. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a full-service spa. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the property condition ...
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A nice hotel in a beautiful setting
"This big hotel is a little bit old-fashioned. However, overall the facilities were good and the buffet dinner and breakfast were very good. It is possible to book a private onsen bath for an extra fee, which is a very pleasant experience. We would definitely stay in this hotel again if we have the ..."

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K's House Hokkaido - Asahidake Onsen Hostel
K's House Hokkaido - Asahidake Onsen Hostel
2 out of 5
Higashikawacho, Yukomambetsu, Higashikawa, Hokkaido, 071-1472
The price is HK$522 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
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La Vista Daisetsuzan
La Vista Daisetsuzan
4 out of 5
Asahidake Onsen, Higashikawa, Hokkaido, 071-1472
The price is HK$2,373 per night from 26 Jul to 27 Jul
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Sounkyo Onsen Choyo Resort Hotel
Sounkyo Onsen Choyo Resort Hotel
3.5 out of 5
Souunkyou Onsen Kamikawa-cho, Kamikawa, Hokkaido, 078-1701
The price is HK$1,261 per night from 31 Jul to 1 Aug
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Asahidake Onsen Hotel Bear Monte
Asahidake Onsen Hotel Bear Monte
3.5 out of 5
Asahidake Onsen, Higashikawa, Hokkaido, 071-1472
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Asahidake Onsen Hotel Deer Valley
Asahidake Onsen Hotel Deer Valley
3.5 out of 5
Asahidake Onsen, Higashikawa, Hokkaido, 071-1472
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JapaneseStyle Studio Room with Fullsize Kitchen / Kamikawa-gun Hokkaidō
JapaneseStyle Studio Room with Fullsize Kitchen / Kamikawa-gun Hokkaidō
Higashikawa, Hokkaido Prefecture
The price is HK$1,182 per night from 3 Jul to 4 Jul
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Asahidake Onsen Yumoto Yukomansou
Asahidake Onsen Yumoto Yukomansou
3 out of 5
Asahidake Onsen, Yukomanbetsu, Higashikawa, Hokkaido, 071-1472
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Asahidake Onsen Hotel Deer Valley
Asahidake Onsen Hotel Deer Valley
3 out of 5
Asahidake-onsen, Higashikawa-cho,, Kamikawa-gun, Higashikawa, Hokkaido, 071-1472
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Sounkyo Mount View Hotel
Sounkyo Mount View Hotel
3 out of 5
Sounkyo, Kamikawa-cho, Kamikawa, Hokkaido, 078-1701
The price is HK$665 per night from 4 Jul to 5 Jul
Sounkyo Mount View Hotel
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