Sounkyo is a gorge located from east to north of Daisetsuzan.
It is along the upper portion of Ishikari River, and is about 24 km long.
It is the most popular spot in Daisetuzan area.
You can enjoy the natural scenery such as many cliffs, rocks and waterfalls.
And at the center of area, there is Sounkyo hot spring resort.
sounkyo.net : The official website of Sounkyo Sightseeing Developement Council
is the central hot spring resort in Sounkyo, and is located about 60 km
east of Asahikawa city.
It is the central hot spring resort in Daisetsuzan area, and there are more than a dozen big hotels.
Additionally there is the Sounkyo Visitor Center in this resort town.
Kurodake is a
volcano located 5 km southwest of Sounkyo hot resort.
This is also one of the volcanoes of Daisetsuzan, and is 1,984 meters high.
We can go up to the 1,300-meters-high observatory with the ropeway.
These two waterfalls
are located about 3 km east of Sounkyo hot spring resort.
The distance between these two waterfalls is only 300 meters, so you can see both waterfalls from the side road along the Ishikari River.
The right waterfall is "Ryusei waterfall". "Ryusei" means "meteor". We feel dynamism for this.
The left waterfall is "Ginga waterfall". "Ginga" means "galaxy". We feel delicacy for this.
Oobako is located
7 km east-southeast of Sounkyo hot spring resort.
Huge cliffs of columnar joint stand in front of you. This is the most famous spot in Sounkyo.
There is similar "Kobako" near here, but it is close to traffic for rockfall hazard.
is an observatory on the eastern slope of Daisetsuzan, and is located
8 km south of Sounkyo hot spring resort.
There is Akadake volcano (2,078 m) of Daisetsuzan.
This is famous for the beautiful colored leaves, and we can see them earliest in Japan.
From JR Asahikawa station, about 1 hour and 50 minutes.
From JR Asahikawa station to
Kamikawa station, by limited express about 45 minutes.
Or, from JR Abashiri station to Kamikawa station, by limited express about 3 hours.
Then from Kamikawa station, by route bus about 30 minutes.
From central Asahikawa, about 67
km it takes about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
From Sounkyo hot spring To Ginsendai, about 30km, it takes 40 minutes.
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