Mount Asahi is not only a beautiful area of mountainous but also the tallest mountain in Hokkaido. When coming here, visitors can walk, spectacular scenery and superb winter sports conditions. The village of Asahidake Onsen only comprises a few lodges and pensions as well as a tourist information office and visitor centre. There are many hiking opportunities in the Asahidake area in summer.
The Daisetsu Mountain Range, the largest chain of mountains in Japan (in terms of total area) Mt. Daisetsu is the general name given to a group of several 2,000m-class mountains located almost in the very centre of Hokkaido which span out for nearly 50 km – the highest peak being Mt. Asahidake (2,290m). With a total area of 230,000 ha, Mt. Daisetsu comprises Japan’s largest mountain terrain in terms of area.
The Daisetsu Mountain Range
The Daisetsu Mountain Range also features the largest amount of nature in Japan. As the Daisetsu Mountain Range is situated at a more northern latitude than Honshu, its alpine environment is similar to the 3,000m-class mountains found on the main island, and its plant groups are well known for their diversity and scale – resembling an enormous outdoor garden sprawling with flowers. The Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido, admired its beauty so much they named it kamuimintara, meaning “the garden of the gods.”
From spring tidings to crimson foliage, the seasonal beauty enchants all who visit here. Spring arrives in the Mt. Asahidake region in June. Around this time, rare alpine flora species begin to appear on the hillsides and forests of Erman’s birch become ever more verdant with each passing day. In early July, all of the alpine plants found here rival each other to express their natural beauty and the vast mountain area is covered in a fantasia of colours.