Posted on Nov 22, 2023

Posted on Nov 22, 2023

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Kamifurano-dake 上富良野岳 (1893m) is a rather non-descript intermediary peak along the Tokachi Range ridgeline as the Range marches north. The trail approaching Kamifurano-dake, however, is arguably one of the finest ascents to the ridgeline, with incredible volcanic views, red rock, alpine vegetation, and good access to the newly rebuilt (2023) Kamihorokamettoku Hut 上ホロカメットク避難小屋. This trail is highly recommended for those hikers seeking a relatively quick up-and-back to the high alpine of the Daisetsuzan National Park.

We visited this route on Oct 14, 2023


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Kamifurano-dake is one of a number of intermediary peaks on the ridge connecting Furnao-dake 富良野岳 (1912m) and Tokachi-dake 十勝岳 (2077m) in the Tokachi Range in the southern Daisetsuzan National Park in central Hokkaido. This trail up to the Kamifurnao-dake peak starts at Tokachidake Onsen 十勝岳温泉 (1270m) parking lot.

General notes

For most first-time hikers in the Tokachi Range, Furano-dake or Tokachi-dake are the usual objectives, as they are quite prominent peaks in their own right, and allow for good,  long loop day hikes. Kamifurano-dake is, however, a nice out-and-back peak for those on more of a time budget, or those seeking to get to the Kamihorokamettoku Hut in the most efficient manner. The latter half of the hike ascends a beautiful airy ridge overlooking the Ansei Crater Valley.

Route Timing
Up | 2.5hrs
Down | 2hrs

For a simple up-and-back hike, allow up to five hours for fit hikers. If you plan to visit the hut, add on another one hour for a total of around six hours – it’s about 30 minutes from the Kamifurano-dake summit to the hut, and then another 30 minutes back to the Kamifurnao-dake summit.


The trailhead for Kamifurano-dake is also the trailhead for Furano-dake. Indeed, you’ll be sharing the first half of the hike with hikers headed for Furano-dake. It’s only at the Kamihoro Junction カミホロ分岐 at around 1488m that you head east, leaving the Furano-dake trail for the remaining 1.5hrs to the Kamifurano-dake summit.

In the first half of the hike, you’ll cross the Ansei Crater creek, getting a great view up towards the great volcanic valley that you’ll later look down upon in the second half of the hike. From the junction at 1488m, there’s a steep section of trail consisting of steep stairs, but this soon opens up to the final rocky ridge to the summit. The final 15 minutes or so to the summit proper is steep and sandy underfoot, but at no point is the trail dangerous.


Public transport:

A public bus runs three times per day from Kamifurano JR Station to Tokachidake OnsenSee the timetable (in Japanese) here. In summer 2023, there were buses leaving Kamifurano Station at 6:50am (weekends in summer only), 8:52am, 12:49pm, and 4:31pm. Time from the station to Tokachidake-onsen is about 45 minutes. Buses returned from Tokachidake Onsen to the station at 7:40am (weekends only), 9:47am, 1:37pm, and 5:27pm, with the return trip also taking 45 minutes. Kamifurano JR Station is accessible by JR train from Sapporo JR Station (2.5hrs, 6,430yen, see details on Google Maps here).

By car: 

Tokachidake Onsen is a 40-minute drive from central Furano City. There is ample parking in the Tokachidake Onsen parking lot, but depending on the weekend, you may need to park on the side of the road if the parking lot is particularly full. There’s a public toilet facility at the parking lot.


Kamihorokamettoku Refuge Hut (full details here)

The Kamihorokamettoku Hut (上ホロカメットク避難小屋) is a two-story wooden hut inspiringly located just below an exposed ridgeline between Furano-dake 富良野岳 and Tokachi-dake 十勝岳. The hut was rebuilt in 2022 – it’s now a solid, dry, basic but comfortable hut. It is a is highly functional and a welcome reprise for hikers, especially in bad weather. Possible to camp outside hut.

Physical maps
GSI Topo Map: Tokachidake (十勝岳) – map no. NK-54-7-8-2

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

Like all peaks in the Daisetsuzan National Park, conditions in the alpine on Kamifurano-dake will be much colder and often windier than conditions down at the trailhead. Take suitable clothing to deal with adverse weather. The entire Tokachi range is a dangerous place in bad weather with real risks of hypothermia for poorly equipped hikers. Conditions can change quickly, it is very exposed to the wind and the upper slopes can be much colder than down at the trailhead. Carry appropriate gear. It is possible to become disoriented in mist, particularly those hiking to the hut.

Weather forecast

Windy.com weather forecast for Kamifurano-dake

Onsen nearby

The closest onsen to the trailhead is Ryounkaku 凌雲閣 (location | 1000yen per person), which has great views south towards Furano-dake from the open-air bath. It’s just 100m from the carpark and bus stop. About 1.3km down the road is Kamihoroso Onsen カミホロ荘 (location | 800yen per person), which has views across to the north, down to the Furano plains from the outdoor baths. Hakuginso Lodge 白銀荘 (location, 700yen) is a 15 minute drive away, but is perhaps our pick for onsen in the area. They have both gender-separated outdoor pools, and a mixed-gender pool too (bathing suits required in the mixed-gender pool). You can stay overnight for just 3,250yen (see details here). 10 minutes walk down the road from the lodge is the natural, free, mixed-gender Fukiage Onsen (location).

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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Route Trip Notes

Geri was in Hokkaido for a bit, staying in Furano, and I’d been wanting an excuse for a while to go for a hike to take some photos of the brand new Kamihorokamettoku Hut. Completely rebuilt in 2022, the hut promised to be a huge improvement over the previous leaky, rusty, rickety old hut.

So it happened that Haidee, Geri and I went for a hike to the hut, via Kamifurano-dake.

The day we did the hike, the parking lot was heaving with hikers. We had to park on the side of the road. just down from the parking lot.

We’d been to this trailhead a number of times in the past both in winter and summer, so once we were all geared up, we started the familiar hike up towards the Ansei Crater Valley.

With good visibility, the valley ahead of us stood out sharp and clear. This valley above Tokachidake Onsen really must be one of Hokkaido’s most dramatic scenes.

We crossed the dry volcanic stream, and carried on up the Furano-dake trail, which was, as usual, rocky in places. Geri entertained us with her stories of life in the UK since leaving Hokkaido.

We made good time up the Furano-dake trail portion o the hike, and soon made it to the Kmihoro Junction. Here, we took a left, towards the east, so that we’d climb straight up the central ridge to direct to the Kamifurano-dake summit.

We’d hiked this trail previously with Geri, but it was part of a Furano-dake to Kamifurano-dake loop, so we’d only ever hiked down the trail. Hiking it again reminded us of the hard work that had, years gone by, gone into forming a useable trail up the mountainside – the wooded steps were quite impressive, if not rather dilapidated and washed out.

The views across to the steaming Maetokachi-dake were impressive. Large plumes of sulphur gas wafted up into the sky.

The climb continued, and conditions underfoot continued to become more sandy and volcano-like. We finally caught up with Sam, a friend of a friend who was slowly making his way up to Kamihorokamettoku Hut for the night, hefting up lots of camera gear. He looked to be in good spirits.

Not far from the summit, we crossed a narrow part of the central ridge, with incredible rocky backdrops and still amazing views of the Ansei Crater Valley.

The summit arrived quickly after that. Group photo was in order. The last time we’d all been up on Kamifurano-dake was on the Daisetsuzan Grand Traverse.

On this trip, however, Kamifurnao-dake was not the main objective. The Kamihorokamettoku Hut was. So we carried on another one hour return, plus half an hour at the hut. It was great to see the new hut up close. The interior still smelled like fresh pine. It was a really nicely built hut.

The return back to the trailhead at Tokachidake Onsen was straight forward. Great views, and it was great to spend a good solid amount of time with Geri before she left back the UK.

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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.