Daisetsu Asahidake Gensui Park Boardwalk


Posted on Sep 18, 2019
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Posted on Sep 18, 2019

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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.

We visited this route on Aug 23, 2019

This post was sponsored by Welcome-Higashikawa.

Last updated Jul 13, 2021

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Need to know details


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.

Route Timing
Up | 0.25hrs
Down | 0.25hrs

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.


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
GSI 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 each 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 hikes in the central Hokkaido area together with a local certified guide, get in touch with Yasuko Kikuchi. Born and raised in Hokkaido, she’s a JMGA-certified guide now based in Sapporo. Her outdoor experience is broad and worldwide, having worked as a Canadian Ski Patrol member, and has sumitted a number of 6,000m+ peaks around the world. She speaks good English. In addition to Yasuko, also see a full list of English-speaking Hokkaido Mountain Guides Association (HMGA) guides on the HMGA website here

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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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GRADES range from A (very difficult) to D (easy). Hazards include exposure to avalanche and fall risk. More details here. Rating rubric adapted from Hokkaido Yukiyama Guidebook 北海道雪山ガイド.