You can see various wildlife and plenty of mountain scenery at Daisetsuzan National Park. At Sounkyo, you can ride on the Kurodake Ropeway and be one of the first in Japan to see the tree leaves change color.
Another must see are two waterfalls that have been selected as a part of the "One Hundred Waterfalls of Japan". Filled with nature and hot springs, Daisetsuzan National Park is bound to refresh your mind and body!
Welcome to Sounkyo, your refreshing fall destination!
With 226,764 hectares (approx. 560,000 acres), Daisetsuzan National Park is the largest national park in Japan.
The most famous location here is "Sounkyo". You can enjoy yourself year round at Sounkyo with activities such as mountain climbing in the summer, fall foliage in the fall, and the winter festival in the winter.
If you ride on the ropeway at Kurodake, known for the earliest autumn leaves in Japan, and go up to the 5th station (halfway up to the summity), the colorful leaves that spread out before your eyes are beyond breathtaking! The walking path laid out for you can be completed in about 30 minutes.
You cannot afford to miss the waterfalls that are included in the "One Hundred Waterfalls of Japan". Your jaw will drop at the sight of "Ryusei no Taki Falls" and "Ginga no Taki Falls" flowing down from 24 kilometers long cliffs near the Ishikari River.
Sounkyo is also famous for its hot springs. Staring out at the fall colors while relaxing in an outdoor bath is sure to leave you feeling refreshed.