Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park is at the center of Hokkaido and the largest national park in Japan. At the centre of the Daisetsu mountain range lies the highest mountain “Asahidake”, which is also the highest mountain in Hokkaido.The area of the park is 230,000ha and it is a national park which is rich in unspoilt natural beauty. Stretching from Mt.Torashiumu to the Tokachi Mountains, or the district including Mt.Nipesotsu and Mt.Upepesanke and the Shikaribetsu volcanic region to the Ishikarir Mountain Range, the area that is Daisetsuzan National Park is often called The Roof Of Hokkaido.
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The Outline of Daisetsuzan National Park
When you visit the national park, you should stop by the visitor center. There are displays on the nature and the history of the region, and you can obtain the latest information to enjoy your visit through explanations provided by the staff. There are also a lot of nature experience events and programs.
In Daisetsuzan National Park, visitor centers at Sounkyo Gorge and Asahidake Hot Spring, and the Brown Bear Information Center at Kogen Hot Spring have been equipped by the Ministry of the Environment. In addition, Higashi Daisetsu Museum run by Kamishihoro-cho is located in Nukabira.
Within this park, a large number of mountaineers are visiting areas between Mount Asahi and Mount Tomuraushi of Omote Daisetsu and the southern region of Tokachi Mountain Range. Due to the increase in mountaineers in recent years, damage on mountain trails has begun to stand out, even on formerly undisturbed mountains, raising concerns about the influence on alpine plants. In order to deal with these problems the Ministry of the Environment has set management plans and the mountaineering guideline for each trail according to its condition of natural environment and utilization.
Mountaineering Manners in the Daisetsuzan Area
- Please be considerate to the natural environment in order to pass Daisetsuzan on to future generations
- Please acknowledge other visitors and be considerate towards them
- The foundation of mountaineering is accident prevention and self-reliance
- If you are lodging at Daisetsuzan, please be cautious of your effect on the environment
- Take especially care of the environment at times of snow and rain
- Please follow the instructions of park rangers and other staff in charge of conservation and management of the area.
Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan)National Park Sightseeing Guide Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park Sightseeing Guide is managed by the “Taisetsuzan National Park sightseeing association”, and the “Asahikawa Taisetsu Sightseeing” to provide a wide range of tourist information on cultural, event, sightseeing, dining, and night spots for the 2 cities and 8 towns in and around the Taisetsuzan National Park. These cities and towns are: Asahikawa City (Asahikawa-shi), Aibetsu-shi, Kamimawa-cho, Kamifurano-cho, Biei-cho, Higashikawa-cho, Aibetsu-cho, Pippu-Cho, and Higashikagura-cho. Contact – Asahikawa-shi Commerce, Industry and Tourism Department Sightseeing Division, Address: 6 Jo Dori 10 Chome, 3rd floor, Asahikawa No. 3 Government Building (Dai-san Cho sha), Asahikawa City (Asahikawa-shi), Hokkaido 070-0036 Japan [Between Tokiwa-dori 3-chome and Honcho 1-chome] Tel: 0166 25 7168 Fax: 0166 26 8585
Asahikawa City Government Office 9-6 Jodori, Asahikawa City (Asahikawa-shi), Hokkaido 070-8525, Japan Tel: 0166-26-1111
Asahikawa Tourist Association 1 Tokiwadori, Asahikawa, Hokkaido Prefecture 070-0043, Japan Tel: 0166-23-0090 Fax: 0166-23-1161
Mt. Kurodake, Numanohira Wetland, Ryuseinotaki and Ginganotaki Falls, Taisetsu Kogenonsen Hot Spring Resort Sounkyo Tourist Association 98-5, Chuo-cho, Kamikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido, Japan 078-1741 Tel: 01658-2-1811 Fax: 01658-2-1903
Furano is famous throughout Japan for its lavender fields, its use as the location for the television drama “Kita no Kuni kara” or “The Northern Country” and the Furano Ski Resort. the city is situated in a picturesque valley between the rugged Tokachi Mountain (Mt. Tokachidake) Range and the peaks of Mt Ashibetsu, Mt Yubari and Mt Furanonishi. The main entrances to the Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park are in Kamikawa and Asahikawa in the North, Furano in the West and Shintoku in the south. There are 4 major parts of Daisetsuzan National Park with hotels: Asahi-Dake, Sounkyo, Tenninkyo and the Tokachi/Furano-Dake area. From base in Asahikawa and Furano you can start at Furano Dake, Kuro Dake or Asahi Dake. More Details: Furano City (Furano-shi) – Daisetsuzan (Taisetsuzan) National Park
Furano Ski Resort/ Furano Biei International Tourism Centre (FBITC) GF Kitanomine Terminal 18-1 Kitanomine cho, Furano city, Hokkaido 076-0034, Japan Tel: +81-(0)167-22-5777 Fax: +81-(0)167-23-5014
Furano Tourism Association 1-30 Hinode-cho Furano-shi, Hokkaido 076-0025 Tel: +81 167 23 3388 Fax: +81 167 39 1222
Furano Tourism Association: http://www.furano-kankou.com/english/home.htm
Furano and Biei District Tourist Information Website: http://www.furanotourism.com/english2011/
Furano Alpine Visitor Center (Whitewater Rafting) 14-6 Kitanomine-chou, Furano-shi Hokkaido Tel: +81-0167-22-1311
Furano City – Hokkai Heso Matsuri (Belly Button Festival) Committee Commerce, Industry and Tourism Department Furano City Hall, 1-1 Yayoi-cho (Yayoi Town), Furano City, Hokkaido 076-8555 Tel: 0167-39-2312 Fax: 0167-23-2123
Furano Lavender Farm 17-6 Kitanomine, Furano City (Furano-shi), Hokkaido 0760034, Japan Tel: +81-(0)167-22-3667 Fax: +81-(0)167-23-1322
Furano Family Snow Land (For winter activities: Parasailing Banana Boat Snow Rafting, etc) Tel: 0167-22-1400
Opening Hours: Daily 9:30am – Sunset
Nakafurano Tourism association Naka-Furano Town Hall Office 9 Motomachi, Nakafurano Town (Nakafurano-cho), Sorachi District (Sorachi-gun), Hokkaido 071-0795, Japan Tel: 0167-44-2122 Fax: 0167-44-2127
Farm Tomita 15 Kisen Kita, Nakafurano-cho, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido 071-0704 Japan Tel: 0167-39-3939
Kamifurano Town Office Industrial Development Division, Commerce, Industry and Tourism Section Access: 1 hour 20 minutes by car from Asahikawa Airport. 1 hour 50 minutes by car from Asahikawa Station. Buses available from the Kami Furano town center (every day except January 1) Address: Oh-machi 2-2-11, Kamifurano Town, Sorachi District Tel: 0167-45-6983 (Tourism Section) Fax: 0167-45-5362 (Tourism Section)
Kamifurano Tokachidake Tourist Association Kamifurano Town (Kamifurano-cho) is located in the northern part of the Furano Basin in the center of Hokkaido. Tokachi Mountain (Mt. Tokachidake) of Taisetsuzan (Daisetu-Zan) National Park rises on the east, the Yubari mountain region on the west. The flat Furano Basin spreads to the south, and the boundary of Kamikawa and Sorachi counties lies to the north. Enjoy Northern DAIMONJl wildfire festival, Sikisai Festival with full of flowers and fireworks, Autumn leave festival at Mt. Tokachidake hot spring, Mountain ban removing at Mt. Tokachidake, Kamifurano Tokachidake Tourist Association and Kamifurano snow festival. Address: 1-1-8 Nakamachi (inside Central Plaza), Kamifurano, Sorachi District (Sorachi-gun), Hokkaido Prefecture 071-0543, Japan Kamifurano Tokachidake Tourist Association: Tel. 0167-45-3150 Kamifurano Festival Associated Committee: Tel. 0167-45-2191, 0167-45-6983 Kamifurano Hinode-Park Auto Camping Ground: Tel. 0167-39-4200, Fax. 0167-39-4210 Hours: Mon-Fri: 8:30am–5pm, Closed: Sat-Sun
Kamikawa Town The Commerce and Industry Tourist Section Minami chou 180, Kamikawa Town, Kamikawa District Tel: 01658-2-1211 Fax: 01658-2-1220
Higashikawa Town The Commerce and Industry Tourist Section Higashi-Machi 1-16-1, Higashikawa Town, Kamikawa District Tel: 0166-82-2111 Fax: 0166-82-5086
Mt Asahidake, Skunk Cabbage and Marsh Marigold Patches, Hagoromonotaki Falls, Tenninkyo, Susoaidaira Plateau Asahidake Visitor Center (Higashikawa Tourism Association) 23 Asahidake Onsen, Higashikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido 071-0372 Tel/Fax: 0166-97-2153, 0166-82-3761
Biei Town (Biei-cho)
Biei has developed as an agricultural center. Rolling hills spread far and wide, and potato and wheat grow in patchwork fields. The town is famous as the location for TV commercials, dramas, and films. Some landmarks bear product names or catchphrases, such as Ken and Mary’s Tree used for car commercials and The Hill of Mild Seven used for cigarette commercials.
Many professional photographers have been based in Biei. Among them is the late Shinzo Maeda. His Takushinkan Gallery displays photographs of every imaginable beautiful scene in Biei. Nearby are scenic overlooks; La Ghirlanda Museum, which displays trick art; and the local brewery, Kamifurano Beer Hall.
Biei Hills Town Office The Commerce and Industry Tourist Section Hon-machi 4-6-1, Biei Town, Kamikawa District Tel: 0166-92-1111 Fax: 0166-92-4414
Biei Hills Town Tourist Association 1F 1-2-14 Motomachi, Biei, Kamikawa District, Hokkaido Prefecture 071-0208, Japan Tel: 0166-92-4378 Fax: 0166-92-3234
Minamifurano Town Office The Commerce and Industry Tourist Section Ikutora, Minamifurano Town (Minamifurano-cho), Sorachi District (Sorachi-gun), Hokkaido 079-2402, Japan Tel: 0167-52-2112, 0167-52-2115, 0167-52-2178, 0166-46-5944, 0167-52-2605 Fax: 0167-52-2922, 0166-46-5208, 0167-52-2205
Minamifurano Town Website: http://town.minamifurano.hokkaido.jp/
Minami-furano Town Guide by Chamber of Commerce and Industry: http://www.minami-furano.jp/
Shihoro Town The Commerce and Industry Labor Tourist Section Shihoro 225, Shihoro Town (Shihoro-cho) , Kawatou District Tel: 01564-5-2211 Fax: 01564-5-4304
Shihoro Tourist Association 225 Shihoro Nishi 2 Sen, Shihoro Town (Shihoro-cho), Kato District, Hokkaido Prefecture 080-1200, Japan Tel: 01564-5-5213 Fax: 01564-9-5812
Kamishihoro Town The Commerce and Industry Tourist Section East 3-238, Kamishihoro Town, Kato District, Hokkaido Prefecture 080-1492, Japan Tel: 01564-2-2111, 01564-2-3355 Fax: 01564-2-4637
Higashi Daisetsu Museum A museum established by the town of Kamishiho-ro, located at Nukabira Hot Spring. This museum features exhibitions on the nature of the Daisetsu-zan region. In addition, they hold nature observation trips and provide training courses for nature observation guides. Address: Nukabira, Kamishihoro-cho, Kato-gun, Hokkaido 080-1403
Shikaoi Town The Commerce and Industry Tourist Section Higashi Machi, 1-15 Shikaoi Town (Shikaoi-cho), Kawatou District, Hokkaido Prefecture 081-0292, Japan Tel: 01566-6-2311 Fax: 01566-6-1020
Shikaoi Town Website: http://www.town.shikaoi.lg.jp/
Hokkaido Shikaoi Town Tourist Information Website: http://www.shikaoi.net/
Shintoku Town The Commerce and Industry Tourist Section (Shintoku Sightseeing Association) 26 Jominami 3rd Street 4 chou, Shintoku Town (Shintoku-cho), Kamikawa District, Hokkaido Prefecture 081-0013, Japan Tel: 01566-4-5111, 0156-64-0522 (Tourism) Fax: 01566-4-5118, 0156-64-6464 (Tourism)
Taisetsuzan (Daisetsu-Zan) Ropeway (Cable Car)
Kurodake Cable Car (Rinyu Kanko Co.,Ltd) Sounkyo, Kamikawa, Kamikawa District, Hokkaido Prefecture 078-1701, Japan Tel: 0165-85-3031 Fax: 0165-85-3019
Taisetsuzan (Daisetsu-Zan) Mt. Asahikawa Ropeway (Asahidake Cable Car) A ropeway which connects the 1600 m to 1100 m above sea level. Panoramic views of Mt. asahidake, nature. Address: 1418 Yukomanbetsu, Higashikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido Prefecture 071-1472 Japan Tel: 0166-68-9111
The Environmental Agency (Nature conservation district office of west Hokkaido)
This is the national agency which manages national parks. Its Ranger Stations are located in Kamikawa, Higashikawa, Kamishihoro and the regional managers can always be reached at these locations.
Kamikawa Ranger Office 98-4 Chuocho, Kamikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido 078-1751 Tel: 01658-2-2574
Higashikawa Ranger Office 1-13-15 Higashimachi, Higashikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido 071-1423 Tel: 0166-82-2527
Kamishihoro Ranger Office 235-33 Aza Kamishihoro Higashi 3-sen, Kamishihoro-cho, Kato-gun, Hokkaido 080-1408 Tel: 01564-2-3337
Sounkyo Visitor Center (Taisetsuzan National Park Information Center) Sounkyo Visitor Center, located at Sounkyo Hot Spring, provides information on nature observation trails, displays of geographical dioramas, and an introduction to Daisetsuzan’s four seasons using high-definition images. They also sponsor events such as seasonal nature walks, birdwatching, snowshoe trekking, and animal tracking. Address: Sounkyo, Kamikawa Town (Kamikawa-cho), Kamikawa District, Hokkaido Prefecture 078-1701, Japan Tel: 01658-9-4400 Fax: 01658-9-4401
Kogen Hot Spring Brown Bear Information Center at Sounkyo, Kamikawa Town (Kamikawa-cho) Kogen Hot Spring Brown Bear Information Center is located at the trailhead of Kogen Hot Spring and swamp tour route. The staff provide lectures for visitors in order to prevent accidents with Brown Bear, and patrol the area for security. Address: Sounkyo, Kamikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido (Kogen Hot Spring)
(There is no way to contact them from the outside.)
Mt Asahidake, Skunk Cabbage and Marsh Marigold Patches, Hagoromonotaki Falls, Tenninkyo, Susoaidaira Plateau
Mount Asahi (Asahidake) Visitor Center [Higashikawa Tourism Association] Located at Asahidake Hot Spring, the visitor center is equipped with dioramas and other displays. It provides information on Daisetsuzan’s natural environment and offers nature observation trips or other programs as well. Address: 23 Asahidake Onsen, Higashikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido 071-0372 Tel/Fax: 0166-97-2153, 0166-82-3761
Hokkaido Daisetsuzan National Park branch offices
Daisetsuzan National Park has 2 branch offices at Kamikawa and Tokachi.
Kamikawa Branch Office The Forestry Section and the Preservation of Natural Resources nagayama 6th 19Choume, Asahikawa City Tel: 0166-46-5111(2977)
Tokachi Branch Office The Forestry Section and the Preservation of Natural Resources East 3rd Street, North 3 Choume, Obihiro City Tel: 0155-24-3111(2977)
The Environmental Agency (Nature conservation district office of west Hokkaido) Website: http://www.sizenken.biodic.go.jp/
Daisetsuzan National Park, Ministry of the Environment Government of Japan: http://hokkaido.env.go.jp/nature/mat/park/en/daisetsu/index.html