Mount Asahi

Mount Asahi (AKA Asahi-dake) is the tallest mountain in Hokkaido and forms part of the Daisetsuzan National Park - a beautiful area of mountainous wilderness renowned for its excellent hiking, spectacular scenery and superb winter sports conditions.

Mount Asahi Map

“The highest peak in Hokkaido, Asahidake makes for a great day of climbing and rewards you with fabulous views across the national park. Just watch out for the local population of black bears!”

Alastair Donnelly, Director

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 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. By August, signs of autumn begin to approach. And from September through October, fall's crescendo reaches its peak as the entire area is tinted in red and orange hues. View a spectrum of colours found in Mother Nature from your ropeway window vantage point.

Experiences in Mount Asahi

Mount Asahi offers a wealth of exciting experiences that will help you get beneath the surface of Japan's fascinating culture. See below for a few of our favourites

Weather in Mount Asahi

The Climate Guide for Mount Asahi, Japan is perfect for planning your holiday. Monthly weather averages give the best indication of what the weather is usually like for every month of the year including figures for temperature, rainfall and sunshine.

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max Daytime Temperature (°C) -6 -6 -2 6 12 16 20 22 18 12 3 -3
Min Night-time Temperature (°C) -15 -15 -10 -3 2 7 11 13 8 2 -5 -11
Hours of Sunshine (Daily) 4 5 6 6 6 5 5 4 5 5 4 3
Hours of Daylight (Daily) 9 10 12 13 15 15 15 14 12 11 10 9
Heat and Humidity Discomfort None None None None None None None None None None None None
Days with some Rainfall 27 24 24 18 20 19 20 20 18 20 23 27
Monthly Rainfall (mm) 62 46 55 66 81 85 117 148 138 110 100 76
UV Index (Maximum) 1 2 3 5 6 7 8 8 6 3 2 1