Trekking the best way to enjoy outdoor experience in Asahikawa
In the Furano-Asahikawa area in the center of Hokkaido, there are 15 peaks called “Daisetsu mountain range”, which rises in the center of Hokkaido. Since it is not only a national special natural monument but also a national Daisetsuzan Bird and Beast Sanctuary, it is one of the most precious places in Hokkaido where you can enjoy beautiful nature.
Asahidake, the highest peak in Hokkaido, is particularly famous among the peaks of the Daisetsuzan range. Asahidake, which is 2,291 meters high, is one of the most popular mountains in Japan, and is visited by climbers and trekking enthusiasts from all over Japan.
At the foot of Mt. Daisetsu, there are hot springs, and many popular hot springs hotels are scattered around the area!
Popular trekking spots near Asahikawa and Furano
Near the Asahikawa/Furano area, Asahidake(Mt. Asahi) is a famous trekking spot as it’s one of the first places in Japan to change colors during autumn. The mountain is situated in the Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group – an area that’s known for its beautiful nature as it’s part of the national wildlife protection area. The mountain attracts a wide range of trekking enthusiasts, from those interested in photography, hot springs, to snow trekking in the wintertime.The 2,300 meter height of the mountain may sound intimidating to beginner trekkers, but there is a cable car that brings visitors up to 1,600 meters. The mountain trails can be enjoyed throughout the year, but it is especially beautiful from late August to September as the colors of the leaves change. The beautiful colors that coat the entire mountain will surely be a sight to behold.
What to wear when trekking in Asahikawa?
Waterproof hiking shoes that fully support your ankles/feet will be essential when trekking. Moisture wicking shirts that dry up quickly are necessary too, especially in the summertime when visitors will be sweating a lot on the trail. Bags with a 20-30 liter capacity, packed with snacks, ample supply of food, water, and waterproof ponchos will ensure you to have a safe trekking experience. Also, don’t forget your camera to capture all the great scenery!
To wrap it up
Hokkaido is known for its abundant supply of nature. It’s great to eat your way through Hokkaido, but it’s also a great experience to work up a sweat while trekking with your friend, significant other, or family!