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Be wary of winter opening times

I came here hoping to hike the gorge in the last weekend of March. Unfortunately even though many... read more

Reviewed April 2, 2018
Adam G
London, United Kingdom
So cold during winter ><

Beautiful nature :) love this place as you can see all the waterfall but sadly it all frozen... read more

Reviewed February 25, 2018
Melbourne, Australia
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The main attraction at Daisetsuzan National Park is this 12.4-mile gorge with towering cliffs and tumbling waterfalls.
Sounkyo, Kamikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun 078-1701, Hokkaido
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Reviewed April 2, 2018

I came here hoping to hike the gorge in the last weekend of March. Unfortunately even though many of the roads and paths were clear of snow the trails near Sounkyo were still thoroughly buried. My own bad planning perhaps, maybe next time - what...More

Date of experience: March 2018
2  Thank Adam G
Reviewed February 25, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful nature :) love this place as you can see all the waterfall but sadly it all frozen. Strong wind and heavy snowing when I came here. The only waterfall that is not froze is Ryu sei. A wild deer came out from the forest,...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed January 24, 2018 via mobile

October is a bit of a risky time to visit as the temperature can suddenly plummet - as it did during our 2 night stay - with freezing winds and rain. As the gorge is located in the mountains, be prepared that the weather here...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank Nightshade00
Reviewed December 10, 2017 via mobile

來此搭纜車到山上眺望美景. Decided to take the cable to mountain top to look over the beautiful scene. A lot of nice Mountain View to fully explore the natural scene.

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank DavidASU
Reviewed October 30, 2017

Truly beautiful and serene place to be at this between fall-winter changeover of seasons. The leaves ahd fallen off most trees as it has been snowing past week or so overnight Lovely waterfalls with a breathtaking bubbly brook/stream. A wee bit of snowing started but...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed October 22, 2017

Fortunate enough to see this place when it was snowing heavily. Simply gorgeous. Great photos. Don’t miss this place.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed August 1, 2017 via mobile

I went to Sounkyo as a day trip from Asahikawa on 1 August. Took the 8:35 limited express train to Kamikawa (rail pass) and then switched to bus to reach Sounkyo (870 yen). There are also direct buses from Asahikawa to Sounkyo (same bus but...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed June 25, 2017 via mobile

Reward with a majestic view at the midway section of rope way. Did Not take ski lift as we are not dress for the colder temperature expected at the mountain. When the cloud moves it gives us a surreal feeling be above the clouds. Surprise...More

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Kennson
Reviewed January 1, 2017

We experienced a beautiful clear Autumn morning. There had been enough snow to provide beautiful scenery and both the gondola and chairlift were operating. It was midweek and sufficiently off-season that the crowds were limited. We also found the visitor centre very helpful.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Angry_Scampi
Reviewed December 19, 2016

I visited Kamikawa Sounkyo Gorge in Oct 16 , took a cable car up the first section, the view was great as we are going up, snow fall when we are approaching the cable car stn. That is NOT ALL you must the the kurodake...More

Date of experience: October 2016
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January 10, 2017|
Response from Jee K | Reviewed this property |
I flew to sapporo and then drove there - there was still a fair bit of snow on the hiking tracks during July, so I'd expect it to be quite frozen in May. You may be able to hike it if you had full snow hiking gear.
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The Way to Sounkyo Gorge (2 Replies)
I would deeply appreciate it if someone could tell me how to get from the bus station at Sounkyo to Sounkyo Gorge. I was at the bus station last October, but did not get to visit the gorge because I do not have any vocabulary to ask for directions. I plan to visit Sounkyo again next month, and hope to be able to find my way to the gorge this time. Thanks!
August 11, 2006|
Response fromSammyF1oyd|
The beginning of the Gorge is east of the Sounkyo Gorge bus station. I drove so I didn't try the bus myself, but I did find something that says the following (and might not be totally accurate so check when you get there): The only daily bus from the Sounkyo station leaves for Big Box (is that how they translate this?) at 12:50 pm, arrives at Big Box at 13:10. You get to spend 20 minutes there, then the bus returns and on the way back, stops at the waterfalls/gorges for 10 minutes or so....More
Opinions please! (Furano, Asahidake, Asahikawa, Sounkyo) (5 Replies)
Dear all, We're planning a trip to hokkaido in mid-sept and need your expert opinions on it... Currently the situation is that there are not many rooms available but we managed to secure accommodation for 19th (furano), 20th (Sounkyo gorge and Mt.Asahidake), 21st (asahikawa). Our initial plan was to cover Furano (19th), Asahidake (20th) and Sounkyo (21st) over 3 days. But because I can't get any rooms in sounkyo on 21st, we'll have to change plans. 1) Should we just do...More
September 08, 2009|
Response fromSapporolite|
You're travelling during a big national holiday week- thats why there aren't many rooms, so expect some areas to be busy. I'm not sure if you are planning on changing your accomodation that you've already booked? I"d choose Option 1. Why not focus on Furano /Biei area , even with less flowers around, you can still appreciate the patchwork scenery with the backdrop of the Daisetsu mountain range. And there are the indoor activities (wine, cheese making etc) if the weather is not so good....More
Hokkaido Central or Hokkaido Eastern ????? (1 Replies)
Hi, can anyone give me advise, which package is worth it to visit?? 1 ) Hokkaido Fabolous -Lake Toya :Mount showa, Bear ranch -Rusutsu -Otaru :Kitaichi glass,otaru orgel doh -Noribetsu :Hell valley,Shiraoi ainu village,edo wonderland -Sapporo:odari park, clock tower,ishiya,Nijo fresh market,asahi,mt moiwa -Chitose: Mall rera 2) Hokkaido Eastern - Kushiro : waso fish market,kushiro marshland - Lake akan : akan center,crane national park,akan lakeside,hot spring -...More
September 15, 2007|
Response fromAmanda|
HI! what season ...and where are you staying? east Hokkiado would be the best package for winter, and if you are staying in Sapporo - you can easily go and see Otaru on your own by train for the day. amanda