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Mount Akadake, enjoy the panoramic view in Sounkyo area!

There are numbers of beautiful mountains in Hokkaido. Today, I will introduce Mount Akadake, which is about 50 minutes by car from Sounkyo Onsen in Kamikawa-Cho. You can start climbing from the 1,500m point and enjoy the fantastic panoramic view. 


Mount Akatake has multiple viewpoints

There are many mountains in the Japan’s largest mountain park, Daisetsuzan National Park, in about 230,000 hectares. Especially, Mount Akadake is only about 30 kilometers from Sounkyo Onsen resort. It can be reached by car or bus from the resort. 

Driving National Route 39, 273 from Sounkyo, and Prefectural Road Route No. 1162, which is said to be the highest Prefectural road in Hokkaido, will take you to the trailhead, Ginsendai.

銀泉台のバス停▲The bus stop. 

森林パトロール銀泉台事務所▲The manned patrol office. You have to submit a hiking registration here. 

赤岳の登山口▲The trailhead near the office. 

The distance to the summit is about 3.5 kilometers. In average, it takes about 2.5 hours to 3 hours.

The good point is that there are multiple viewpoints along the way, such as flower field No.1, No.2, snowy valley no.3, snowy valley no.4, and the summit. 

Flower field No.1 is just 30 minutes from the trailhead. The field gives us a beautiful seasonal view of alpine plants, flowers, greens, and autumn colors, so many hikers come Mt. Akadake to just visit flower field no.1. 

赤岳の第一花園の看板▲The sign of flower field No.1. It is about 40 minutes walk from the trailhead.

第一花園で休憩する人物▲Flower field No.1.

第一花園からの景色​▲The view from flower field No.1.


Like an Ukiyo-e! The earliest mountain to see autumn colors

Mount Akatake is known as the first mountain to see autumn colors, and also known well as a beautiful sight. The contrast of green color of conifer trees and red Urajironanakamado, yellow Dakekanba like an Ukiyo-e continues as far as the eye can see.

Usually, the grasses at summit start to color from the end of August then leaves start to color to red and yellow in early September. It takes about a month to reach to the foot. 

You don’t have to hike all the way up to the summit, just viewing the color from Ginsendai is beautiful enough, too. Be aware of the traffic restriction from mid-September to late September.

第一花園の紅葉▲Flower field No. 1 with autumn color (Photo provided by Sounkyo Visitor Center)

第三雪渓の紅葉▲Snowy valley No.3. (Photo provided by Sounkyo Visitor Center)


Why don’t you stay at Sounkyo Onsen and enjoy hiking?

Those of you who like day trip hiking, how about staying at Sounkyo Onsen, go to Mt. Kurodake on the first day and Mt. Akadake on the second day? 

The trail of Mt. Akadake is gently-sloping and easier to climb. 
Around Sounkyo is one of the earliest places in Hokkaido to experience autumn. Contact Sounkyo Visitor Center for the latest information on weather, clothing, equipment, and enjoy hiking in Sounkyo.  
  • Mount Akadake, enjoy the panoramic view in Sounkyo area!

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Fumiko Magota