Start your adventure from Daisetsuzan National Park in Hokkaido!

Hello! We are Daisetsuzan Tours.
Daisetsuzan Tours is a DMO (Destination Management Organization) located in Japan’s largest national park, catering to the concept of a northern mountain resort. We are excited to offer you a wide variety of experiences, such as mountain hiking tours, guided activities and sightseeing tours with which you can be sure to enjoy the great nature, historic hot spring village, and beautiful highlands and gardens. We look forward to meeting you with our local guides and creating your next unforgettable trip in this area.

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Mt. Kurodake Forest Walk & Cable Car Ride

Enjoy a grand mixed forest landscape and a refreshing forest walk in Japan’s largest national park. Using a cable car and chair lift, you can visit the limits of the forest area around the 7th station of Mt. Kurodake and make it an easy guided hike. The engaging mountain guide’s talk and locally produced lunch could add to your unique experience.


Brown Bear and Clear Ponds Highland Hiking Tour

Brown Bear and Clear Ponds Highland Hiking Tour Experience the wonder of nature as you visit ponds dotted around a highland at an altitude of over 1,200 m. You will be captivated by the grand landscape in which the ponds, forests, and eternal snow valleys on the mountains are interwoven. You can possibly see brown bears in summer and enjoy the breathtaking foliage in autumn.


Why Daisetsuzan should be your destination

  • Daisetsuzan National Park: See the wonders of the great outdoors

    Daisetsuzan National Park is Japan’s largest national park and is located in central Hokkaido. It includes the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range, which has long been loved by hikers. This mountainous area is home to an abundance of alpine plants and wildlife. It also boasts breathtaking autumn colors, beautiful gorges and revitalizing hot springs. This is the perfect place for taking in the grandeur of Hokkaido's natural resources and is suitable for novice to experienced hikers.
    Wouldn’t you love to have the opportunity to experience and enjoy such dynamic and wild nature?
    We are more than happy to assist you with creating a good itinerary and making all the arrangements.

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  • The Nature of Daisetsuzan National Park

    The Daisetsuzan National Park is Japan's largest national park with abundant primitiveness, centered on mountains that include active volcanoes.
    It is located in Central Hokkaido, which consists of magnificent mountains such as the Daisetsu Mountain Range (whose main mountain, Mt. Asahidake, is the highest mountain in Hokkaido at 2,291 meters), and both the Tokachi and Ishikari Mountain Ranges. It also includes areas that form the source of the Ishikari and Tokachi rivers, both of which are representative rivers of Hokkaido. While the altitude of these mountainous areas is about 2,000 meters, the environment matches that of Honshu’s 3,000-meter-high mountains, due to its high latitude. For this reason, this area is home to rare species of animals and plants, including over 250 species of alpine plants (including variations that are indigenous to Daisetsuzan), the Japanese pika and the usubakicho (Eversmann’s Parnassian)-creatures that presumably have existed since the last ice age- and the Miyabe Char that is only found in Lake Shikaribetsu.
    Subarctic coniferous forests, mainly consisting of Yezo spruces and Todo firs, are spread out at the foot of the mountains, and large snowy valleys and snowfields remain around the tops of the mountains even in midsummer. Various alpine plants form splendid flower fields everywhere.
    Mt. Asahidake, known for marking the turn of the seasons, displays the first leaves of autumn, bringing the season to fruition in Japan, with large numbers of tourists visiting to enjoy the beautiful autumn colors that adorn the park from mid to late September.
    The seventh station of Mt. Kurodake, another beautiful mountain in the Daisetsu Mountain Range, can be conveniently visited by taking a cable car and pair lift from the Sounkyo hot spring area.

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  • The cultural background of Daisetsuzan National Park

    Japan's indigenous Ainu people who live in the Daisetsuzan National Park area are called Kamikawa Ainu. They have made “kotan” (hamlets) in watershed areas of the Ishikari River and have flourished by trading off the river's blessings.
    The Kamikawa Ainu think that the river is a creature that goes upstream to the mountains and is also a treasured resource of abundant food brought by “kamuy” (spirit-deities). The Kamikawa Ainu have worshipped, been awed by, and coexisted with the Daisetsu Mountain Range, which is located in the upper reaches of the Ishikari River. It is considered the closest place to the land of the deities. Traditional Ainu rituals are still held to pray for the safety of those who enter the mountains, and you might feel the culture of the Ainu who coexist with nature and appreciate the blessings of nature here in this national park. The legend of the Kamikawa Ainu, who have lived with gods and passed down their unique culture, has been certified as a Japanese heritage.

    In this area, there are many popular tourist spots such as "Sounkyo Onsen”-where there are lines of hotels with hot spring facilities in the middle of mother nature, ”Daisetsu Mori-no Garden”-a beautiful garden in a hilly wood overlooking the Daisetsu Mountain Range, and “Taisetsu Kamikawa Nukumo”-an indoor facility for families to have fun without worrying about the weather.
    Furthermore, sake (Japanese rice wine) from ”Kamikawa Taisetsu Shuzo”, a brewery founded in 2018 with the aim of seeking plentiful nature and clear water, is gaining popularity. The Kamikawa town has declared itself “a town where you can eat the most delicious ramen noodles in Japan” because they make noodles and soup using the spring water from Daisetsuzan.

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  • About Central Hokkaido

    There are many must-visit places in the Central Hokkaido area.
    In the Asahikawa area, there are several popular spots such as the Ueno Farm, which has a reputation for beautiful gardens; in the Furano and Biei area, you can enjoy postcard-perfect picturesque landscapes such as the Farm Tomita, famous for its lavender fields and the patchwork road across the vast fields and hills, consisting of numerous square crop fields in different colors. In the Rumoi area, you can enjoy the natural scenery on a driving route called the Ororon Line along the Sea of Japan and bask in the beautiful sunset as well as consume fresh seafood such as the local specialty sweet shrimp and other appetizing cuisines.
    As the name suggests, the location of the area makes it convenient for visiting all areas of Hokkaido.

  • Daisetsuzan Tours

    Daisetsuzan Tours is a company promoting ideal local tourist destinations catering to the concept of a northern mountain resort.
    We provide activities such as mountain climbing and trekking, centering on the Daisetsuzan National Park, where you can immerse yourself in the rich nature and bewitching culture of Hokkaido. Our aim is to organize and offer a versatile and high-quality overnight stay that invites guests to enjoy the great nature, historic hot spring village, and beautiful highlands and gardens.