Daisetsu Asahidake Gensui Park Boardwalk

大雪旭岳原水公園

Posted on Sep 18, 2019
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0.7km

Distance

0.5 hours

Time

20m

Ascent

468m

Highest point

1/10

Difficulty

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May-Oct

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The Daisetsu Asahidake Gensui Park (大雪旭岳原水公園), nestled just inside the Daisetsuzan National Park, has a gorgeous boardwalk that makes for a very pleasant stop on the way from Higashikawa Town to the Asahidake Onsen area at the base of Asahidake. It's only about 600m return along the boardwalk, but the cool, mossy surroundings are worth the walk. So too is the water gushing from the spring - you can drink this straight from the ground. In fact, the water from this huge spring, gathered nearby, is the source of Higashikawa Town's water supply - one of the few towns in Hokkaido that can boast pure spring water piped to every home in the region.

This post was sponsored by Welcome-Higashikawa.

Route Map

Need to know details

Location

The Daisetsu Asahidake Gensui Park sits just inside the Daisetsuzan National Park in Higashikawa Town, in northern central Hokkaido, just down the hill from Asahidake Onsen. The walk starts from a large carpark replete with clean public toilets and a large spring water filling area.

General notes

The Daisetsu Asahidake Gensui Park is a well-known spot locally, where containers can be filled with spring water for a 100yen donation. The only sign to the park is in Japanese (大雪旭岳原水公園100m), so it’s my guess that many non-Japanese speaking visitors probably blissfully speed on by. This is a shame, as the park is a nice spot for a short walk and fill up of water bottles before making the final climb up to the Asahidake Onsen area. Particularly if you’re on a bicycle (see the route here), this should be very high on your rest-break list.

Hut

None

Route markers

The entire 600m walk is on a beautifully maintained boardwalk – wheelchairs will have no issues. Park the car or bicycle in the parking area, and head across the pedestrian crossing to the boardwalk, and follow it to the end. Turn around and return the way you came.

Route Timing
Up | 0.25hrs
Down | 0.25hrs

Transport

Public transport:

The park is not directly accessible by public transport, so we’d recommend renting one of the bicycles (or e-bikes) at the Higashikawa Information Center and accessing the park by bike. See the bike route here. If you’d prefer to take public transport, you’ll have an extra 2km-return of walking to do, but it is possible to take the Asahidake Ideyugo Bus from the Higashikawa Information Center (ひがしかわ道草館, here) to the Kokuritsukoen-iriguchi Bus Stop (国立公園入口, here). The timetable for the Ideyugo Bus is at the very bottom of this Asahidake Ropeway page. As of September 2019, buses from the Higashikawa Information Center, bound for Asahidake Ropeway, left the information center at 8:06am, 10:36am, 2:06pm, and 6:36pm. The trip to the Kokuritukoen-iriguchi Bus Stop takes about 20 minutes. For the return, as of September 2019, buses left the Kokuritsukoen-iriguchi Bus Stop bound for the Higashikawa Information Center at 9:50am, 12:20pm, 3:50pm, and 6:20pm.

By car: 

There is plenty of parking at the Daisetsu Asahidake Gensui Park carpark here.

Physical maps
Official Topo Map: Tawaramappu (俵真布) – map no. NK-54-7-7-1

NOTE: The GSI 1/25000 topo map(s) above can be purchased for 350yen from Kinokuniya bookstore next to Sapporo Station or online (in Japanese).

route safety

This is a very safe and straightforward route.

Weather forecast

Windy.com weather forecast for Daisetsu Asahidake Gensui Park

Onsen nearby

If heading back to Higashikawa Town, Hanakagura (森のゆ ホテル花神楽, location, 650yen) is on the western side of Chubetsu River – they have a good selection of baths, including good outdoor baths. Of course, about 20 minutes drive up the mountain will get you to the Asahidake Onsen area, with a number of good onsen to choose from. Our pick of the bunch is Yukoman Onsen (湯元 湧駒荘, location, 800yen), with their massive, cathedral-like high-ceiling wooden onsen complex.

Extra Resources
No extra English resources that we know of. If you know of any, please let us know in the comments.

Guide Options

If you’d like to hike this route and/or explore other areas of central Hokkaido with a local certified guide, then contact Jun Ishiguro. He’s a JMGA (Japan Mountain Guides Association) mountain guide and Director of the Hokkaido Mountain Guides Association (HMGA). As a senior figure in the Hokkaido guiding scene, and with extensive experience, he can tailor trips to your needs. 

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Route Trip Notes

My Mum and Dad were with us on this trip to Higashikawa. They’d timed this trip to Japan perfectly to do some adventuring with us. They’re not the hiking types, however, so it was nice to be able to walk this easy side-trip with them.

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