Daisetsuzan is a group of some volcanoes located about 50 km east of Asahikawa city.
The main peak is Mount Asahi ("Asahidake" in Japanese) which is 2,291
meters high, and it is the highest peak of Hokkaido.
The wide area including these volcanoes is designated the Daisetuzan National Park.
Around the foot of Daisetuzan, luxuriant forests spread.
And in the area more than 1,700 meters high, over 200 kinds of alpine plants are found in summer.
Ishikari River flows from the east foot along the north foot, and a deep gorge called Sounkyo is formed.
It is the
main volcano of Daisetuzan, and is 2,291 meters high.
The last eruption was about 5,600 yeras ago, but it is still fuming.
At the western foot of the mountain (about 1,100 meters high), there is
Asahidake hot spring resort.
(It was called "Yukomanbetsu hot spring" in a past.)
There are some hotels and minshukus. Here is the end of the road for car.
A ropeway goes up to the Sugatami station which is on the height of
about 1,600 meters.
If you dress in trekking outfits, you can trek to see some beatiful ponds and alpine meadow from the station. But you must allow for the cold place here in summer.
The ropeway runs through near the year.
It is a
gorge located southwest foot of Asahidake volcano.
Chubetsu River flows, and it has provided various rocks and cliffs around this area.
From old times the quiet Ten'ninkyo hot spring resort has been popular, it has a few hotels along the Chubetsu River.
There are two popular waterfalls around the resort.
"Hagoromo waterfall" is located about 1 km northeast of the resort, and "Shikishima waterfall" is located 2 km east of the resort.
We can reach both waterfalls on foot.
Ten'ninkyo is located only 3 km south of Asahidake hot spring resort, but we must take the other road halfway to there.
From JR Asahikawa station, route
buses start 4 times in a day in summer (from mid-June to mid-October)
and twice in a day in other seasons.
They stop at both Asahidake hot spring and Ten'ninkyo. If fortunatly you reach directly your destination, it takes 1 hour and 10-20 minutes. But if your bus go through the other destination, it takes 1 hour and 40-50 minutes.
From central Asahikawa, about 50km
to Asahidake hot spring, and about 45 km to Ten'ninkyo.
It takes about 1 hour.
From Asahidake hot spring to Ten'ninkyo, it takes about 30 minutes.
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