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層雲峡 Sounkyo Gorge

  • Nature / Scenic spots (Mountain / Valleys)
  • Around Asahikawa and Daisetsuzan
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District
Around Asahikawa and Daisetsuzan
Address
Sounkyo, Kamikawa-cho Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido, 078-1701, Japan
Category
  • Nature / Scenic spots (Mountain / Valleys)
Opening Hours
24hours
Closed
Open Every Day
Website
http://www.sounkyo.net/english/
Date of post:2015/07/14

Make yourself at home in the garden of God

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Sou-unn-kyou is one of the most symbolic mountainous area in Taisetsu National Park. It takes about two-hours by car, yet the isolated atmosphere of the area is worth driving for long, if you want to make yourself relaxed in the heart of Hokkaido nature.

The original name of Sou-unn-kyou is, from Ainu word, Kamui-Mintara. It means “The garden where the Gods enjoy playing”. As an aborigine tribe of Hokkaido, Ainu people have very special sense toward nature around them, and I would recommend you one way to make you feel similarly---take the Kurodake Ropeway.

Mt. Kurodake is a mountain with a height of 1,984 metre. It seems too high for the hiking, however, after using ropeway and lift (total fee for both ride for 2 ways is 2,550 JPY for adult) it would only take you on foot about 1-2 hours. Even if you don't like climbing, you will have good chances to meet lovely animals near the ropeway station---chipmunks! (but never feed them!)

Besides the mountain, Sou-unn-kyou is also one of the top-level hot-spring area of Hokkaido, and particularly, at the beginning of autumn, all leaves changes to red and yellow, of which the scene is introduced one of the best one in Japan. So if you have the chance, please do not miss it.

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