TOKACHIDAKE

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For hungry riders on a raw powder diet

Tokachidake is nature in the Hokkaido Powder Belt ‘as is’. There are no lifts, no groomed runs, and no crowds; just pure powder to be enjoyed. The area consists of Tokachidake, a 2,077-metre volcano, and Tokachidake Onsen, a hot spring village dotted with welcoming inns.

If you haven’t done avalanche rescue training before setting out for Tokachidake, you will have with a guide by the time you hit the mountain. The danger of inadvertently having to be rescued is very real, and commands the expertise of a local to show you the ropes.

The reward of gliding weightlessly across the powder though, as plumes of smoke billow into the air from the cone above, is priceless. This snow is the stuff of dreams for hardcore riders, coming down in hefty instalments of up to 30 centimetres a night. To get started arranging a guide, contact any of the inns on this page if you’re staying with them, or the Kamifurano Tokachidake Tourist Association. The volcanic rumblings of Tokachidake heat up natural springs below to temperatures of more than 40°C, which are harnessed by a cluster of hot spring inns in the village of Tokachidake Onsen.

Perched at altitudes in the 1,200-metre range, their outdoor hot spring baths command superb views above the clouds, and are a welcoming haven for riders who have been out enjoying the powder all day.

How long does the journey take from?
Kamifurano: 25 min (bus)
Asahikawa: 1 hr 55 min (bus)

Further Information
http://www.kamifurano.jp/exlang

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Accommodations

Kamihoro Inn

In the heart of Hokkaido, you’ll find a luxurious hot spring resort in the middle of the Tokachidake mountain range overlooking the Furano Basin. Located 1,200m above sea level, you can bask in the serene nature of the mountains at the Kamihiro Inn.

The view from the resort is unbeatable, and accommodates for 23 rooms, so it’s best to book early. This area is known for the quality of the powder snow, the gorgeous native animals like the Ezo Shika Deer and Kita Kitsune Fox, and the water from the hot spring is sourced from the active volcanic Tokachidake.

Kamihoro Inn
Tokachidake Onsen, Kamifurano, Hokkaido
Phone: +81-167-45-2970
Email: kamihoro@arata-group.com
http://tokachidake.com/kamihoro

Tokachidake Onsen Ryounkaku

The open air bath at Ryounkaku looks over spectacular views throughout the year and it’s no surprise. This onsen (hot spring) and accommodation are located higher than any others in Hokkaido.

Ryounkaku is not only a comfortable hotel but it welcomes day-trippers who come to enjoy their delicious authentic Japanese meals and to spend the day relaxing in the healing 100% natural hot spring baths.

It’s a perfect rest stop or short stay accommodation for those coming to explore Tokachidake from Furano.

Tokachidake Onsen Ryounkaku
Tokachidake Onsen, Kamifurano, Hokkaido
Phone: +81-167-39-4111
Email: ryounkaku.onsen@gmail.com
https://ryounkakuonsen.wixsite.com/ryounkaku

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