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Address: Sounkyo, Kamikawa-gun, Kamikawa-cho 078-1701 , Hokkaido
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The main attraction at Daisetsuzan National Park is this 12.4-mile gorge...

The main attraction at Daisetsuzan National Park is this 12.4-mile gorge with towering cliffs and tumbling waterfalls.

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Beautiful scenery

Beautiful scenery during the drive along the river. It's very cold during winter, do dress very warmly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 9, 2016
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Save yours strength and take the cable car/chairlift ropeway combo. Then it's not an easy hike (my iphone says 113 floors I climbed over 10000 steps, so it's not un-steep), some steps still covered in snow July 15 (although mum, aged 61, could achieve in Melissa jelly shoes..but she's a bit of a pro). THE VIEW! so worth it. SO... More 

Thank Jee K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

I just wish we were there in the right season. But nevertheless, the views are breathtaking. We got there by public transport without much difficulty with adequate research beforehand. Hike of about 2.5hours maximum to the peak. Hiking down probably will take longer because of the uneven rocks! Becareful to gain a steady foothold! Totally worth it, will visit again... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely stunning in winter with the gorge covered entirely in white powder snow. There is also an ice waterfall festival to enjoy in winter. A soak in the onsen while staring at snow is heaven!

Thank Nicholas O
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

Beautiful scenery during the drive along the river. It's very cold during winter, do dress very warmly.

1 Thank Violetferrari
Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Go for Ice Festival. Very pretty and the fireworks on weekends are a bonus. The valley also has some spectacular scenery and a terrific cable car - the Sounkyo Ropeway. Amazing views of the gorge from the cable car. At the top of the ropeway is a small ski area. You may be lucky enough to see wildlife, deers for... More 

2 Thank Shane_in_Oz
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

We stayed one night and at 8:30 the town puts on a five minute firework display that really makes the stay special. Worth the trek to this beautiful part of Hokkaido, from where you can explore the top of Kurodake and that ridge of mountains.

Thank Katherine S
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

All the way from Asahikawa to see the gouge. Not super fantastic but it's nice if its winter. I was there in mid June si just greenery. The waterfalls nearby is just so so not as great as some review stated.

2 Thank Desmondcheng
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

If you are visiting in June, even if the weather seemed good, make sure the very TOP station is free of snow or clear of clouds. If the top most station is covered in snow or fog or clouds, it's a waste of time and money going even up to the intermediate stage (reached via cable car). I say this... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Take the cable car up and you will enjoy a great view of the mountains around. In summer, you can take the chairlift which takes you to an even higher point. Drive to the very end of the village, you will find a gallery showing beautiful pictures of the Daisetzusan mountains. You should not miss it!

Thank Paul L
Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

The road into Sōunkyō was long and meandering, weaving along and around the sides of the gorges. There was still some evidence of the snowfall of the past Winter, leaving the scene sprinkled with patches of white. Turning each bend, one never really knew what to expect – the face of a cliff graced by a small waterfall, or at... More 

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