This has year long public transportation access, but if you're not fond of avalanches, then avoid winter hikes.
Budget: JPY2,440 (~USD23)
- JPY2,440. Bus, Asahikawa Station to Biei Trailhead (JPY1,220 one way)
Hike Date / Difficulty (Elevation: 2,077m / 6,814ft)
- Difficulty: 3 out of 5
- Route below is around 23.8kilometers, with an elevation change of ▲1,981m/ ▽1,981m (11h10m)
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When to Go
June to September might be the best season to avoid avalanches.
- Loop of Mt. Asahi - Mt. Tomuraushi - Mt. Tokachi means a four day-3 night hike, covering around 63.7kms, with an elevation change of ▲4,899m/ ▽4,977m.
- Biei is the famous blue pond of Hokkaido, and it is in the town of Shirokane Onsen (Biei Trailhead)
- Mountain huts.
- Tokachidake-onsen (十勝岳温泉). Bus does not run on January 1, that's it.
- Train, Asahikawa Station to Kamifurano Station, JPY970, 57 minutes one way. Earliest ETA: 07:37am.
- Bus, Kamifurano Station (上富良野駅) to Tokachidake-onsen (十勝岳温泉). JPY500. In the bus schedule, Kamifurano Station is referred to as eki-mae () or "in front of the station".
- Fukiage-onsen (吹上温泉). The same bus above should have "吹上温泉" as one of the stops.
- Bougakudai (望岳台). Trailhead is an hour walk from bus stop.
- Bus, Asahikawa Station to Shirokane-onsen (白金温泉). JPY1,220 one way. Take bus#39. Bus schedule here. The PDF is crowded, so just look for "白金線"
- Biei (美瑛富士登山口). Same bus stop as Bougakudai (望岳台) above, and about 2kms walk.
- Genshigahara (原始ヶ原・富良野岳登山口). No public transportation.
- Start hike.