Daisetsuzan National Park is a national park located in the central mountain of Hokkaido at Sounkyo, Kamikawa, Kamikawa District, Hokkaido 078-1701, Japan. It covers an area of 2,267 square kilometers in two districts, Kamikaze and Tokushima. It is the largest park on Hokkaido. Date of establishment around 4 December, 1934. Daisetsuzan National Park “Sounkyo” is a key base from which visitors can experience Daisetsuzan National Park. Towering right above Sounkyo Gorge is Mt. Kuro-dake. Densely growing alpine plants bloom in July and August month of the mountain. In autumn, the yellowing leaves of gold birch trees, the crimson foliage of mountain ash trees and the green needles of dwarf stone pines come together in a display of exquisite perfection to tinge the side of the mountain in blazing fall colors.
Daisetsuzan is preserves a mountainous area of virtually unspoiled wilderness which is larger than some of Japan’s smaller prefectures. It is a paradise for hikers, outdoor lovers, deer and brown bears, and the first place in Japan to see fall colors and snow each autumn. Best viewing time for autumn is: mid September – early October. Early September is when autumn leaves start changing colors at Daisetsuzan Asahidake (2,291m above sea level). You can enjoy viewing autumn tint starting from the top and slowly moving to the foot of the mountain for about a month at the earliest autumn leaves viewing spot in Japan. If the timing is good you might be able to see autumn foliage and snow together. Ride on Daisetsuzan Asahidake Ropeway and experience an aerial walk for 10 min.
Daisetsuzan National Park consists of 3 volcanoes:
- Desezussian Volcano – Located north of the park. Is the location of Asahidi Mountain The highest mountain in Hokkaido.
- Tokugawa Volcanoes – Located southwest of the park. It is the location of Mt.
- Shikubishi Volcano – Located east of the park. Is the location of Mount Ishigaki and Ishigaki River (268 km (167 mi))
The main attractions of National Park are:
- Asahidake Onsen – Best base for exploring Daisetsuzan.
- Kogen Onsen – Small base for exploring the national park.
- Mount Kurodake – One of the easiest accessible major peaks.
- Sounkyo Onsen – Touristy resort in a beautiful gorge.
- Tokachidake Onsen – Small resort in the south of the national park.
- Ginsendai – Trailhead famous for early autumn colors.
- Tenninkyo Onsen – Hot spring resort in the back of a valley.