(旭岳) Mt. Asahi Hike

 

Also called Daisetsu-san (大雪山). 

Budget: JPY2,900 (~USD28)

  • JPY2,900. Bus, Asahikawa Station to Asahidake-onsen (JPY1,450 one way)

Hike Date / Difficulty (Elevation: 2,291m / 7,516ft)

  • Target: 2021 
  • Difficulty: 3 out of 5. 
  • Route below is around 12.0kilometers, with an elevation change of ▲1,227m/ ▽1,227m (7h8m)
  • Map Link

When to Go

Throughout the year, as there is a ski resort at the trailhead. 

Special Notes

  • Loop of Mt. Asahi - Mt. Mt. Tomuraushi - Mt. Tokachi means a four day-3 night hike, covering around 63.7kms, with an elevation change of ▲4,899m/ ▽4,977m. 
  • Trailheads. The most popular one is Asahidake-onsen, I've listed the others off the internet. Others are also way further. 
    • Asahidake-onsen (旭岳温泉). Popular for winter ascent and skiing area. It has a ropeway (JPY2,000 one way) that will let you skip around 2 hour hike - JPY2,000,3.5km, 526 elev gain. 
      • Bus, Asahikawa Station (旭川駅) to Asahidake-onsen (旭岳温泉). JPY1,450 one way. Bus 66, runs throughout the year it seems, schedule here:
    • Sounkyo (層雲峡). Also a ski area it seems. 
      • Bus, Asahikawa Station (旭川駅) to Sounkyo (層雲峡). JPY2,140 one way, Bus schedule here. Careful as the pdf is different for weekdays vs weekends. The earlier one leaves from Kamikawa Station (上川駅)
    • Aizankei-onsen (愛山渓温泉). No public transportation. Taxi from Kamikawa Station  (上川駅) is around 30 minutes. There's a bus stop to Sounkyo above the passes at Aizankei-iriguchi (iriguchi = entrance), something to consider.
    • Tenninkyou-onsen (天人峡温泉). No public transportation. Taxi from Kamikawa Station  (上川駅) is around 30 minutes. 
    • Ginsendai (銀泉台). From Sounkyo (層雲峡), there is a shuttle it seems but I can't find it, sorry.
    • Kougen-onsen (高原温泉). From Sounkyo (層雲峡), there is a shuttle it seems but I can't find it, sorry.

Itinerary

  • 07:10am. Bus, Asahikawa Station to Asahidake-onsen.
  • 08:51am. ETA: Asahidake-onsen.
  • 09:00am. Start hike
  • 01:30pm. ETA: Summit.
  • 04:08pm. ETA: Asahidake-onsen. Enjoy the onsen. 
  • 05:30pm. Bus, Asahidake-onsen to Asahikawa Station.


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