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Mt. Chokai

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Mt. Chokai

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Asahiyama Zoo, Fascinating Aoi-Ike Light Up and Shirohige Falls in Winter!
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Asahiyama Zoo, Fascinating Aoi-Ike Light Up and Shirohige Falls in Winter!

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・Explore Hokkaido’s signature spots in winter and spend a cheerful day with different activities. Considerately late departure and less morning rush to start a laid-back day trip.<br>・Go for Japan's one of most popular zoos Asahiyama Zoo, home to various animals! "Penguin's Parade" is the symbolic gesture in winter. It has drawn many visitors for the admirable scene of strolling penguins!<br>・The can't-miss alluring Blue Pond (Aoi Ike) in Biei of Hokkaido! The pond light up only in winter just creates a dreamlike mysterious wonderland! <br>・Another illumination sightseeing spot will be Shirohige Falls. There will be time for stop-by and taking photos. <br>・During February and March, visit to local dessert souvenir shop and Japanese sake museum will be included. <br>・Hotel pick-up from three locations are available, and drop-off locations are also selectable. English speaking tour guide will accompany this tour.
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help32250 wrote a review Nov 2019
Corona, California1,671 contributions168 helpful votes
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Weather in Japan in August is problematic to say the least. If you want to go to the top of a mountain, think twice. We went to 4 mountains besides Chokai and only could see the top of one: Mt. Fuji. Only problem was that it was totally devoid of snow and only looked down on clouds. But that's another story. Lots of nifty switch backs on the road going to the top of Chokai. But the higher we got the less of a view we had. At the top level of Chokai it was so foggy you could hardly see across the parking lot. As advertised there were some deer at the top. Maybe a half dozen or 8 and all of them were penned it and sad looking. Our tour guide had been up to the top of the mountain the day before and told us it was clouded over, but hoped that it would be different for us. It wasn't. But we had to maintain our schedule for the other places we were (hopefully) to see so we spent the hour at the top of Chokai as planned. I had some hot chocolate and a bathroom break, looked at the sad deer, and went back in 15 minutes to sit in the bus. So make sure to check the weather to be expected on your trip and schedule your tours with it in mind. But I did get some pictures of Mt. Chokai ... I took them of pictures hung up in the restaurant we visited. On the other hand maybe we got off easy. We missed a Typhoon that had just rolled by Japan a week before our cruise and another just after we flew back from Tokyo.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Jess wrote a review Apr 2019
6 contributions1 helpful vote
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Chokaisan is one of my favorite mountains in all of Japan. While the hike itself is difficult (about five hours up, three and a half down), I can honestly say it is one of my favorite memories from living in Japan. As you hike, you can see so many different kinds of landscapes, from lush green valleys to volcanic crevices, and at the very top, huge boulders that you have to scale to reach the summit. There are two routes you can take, one along the valley floor and one along the mountain ridge. Both are challenging, but the valley is a little easier since the road is wider and the ascent isn't quite as steep. My friends and I took the ridge up and the valley down, so we could see all that the mountain had to offer! We hiked the mountain in October, and while it was cold in the morning when we started it heated up to a pleasant temperature in the afternoon and when we were at the summit, we ate our lunch in just our T-shirts. Once you reach the top, you're above the clouds and you can see the sea! You also have the option to hike the mountain starting at around one o'clock in the morning so that you can see the shadow of Chokaisan on the sea as the sun rises, but this requires headlamps and a lot of warm clothing. It's also much more dangerous to reach the summit if you climb it this way, because the boulders that you have to climb are icy. I personally haven't climbed it this way, but my best friend has (we acutally ran into each other on the mountain, her on the way down, me on the way up!) and she said that she really enjoyed it. Before you climb the mountain, there's a station just before the main path where you have to fill out a sheet with your climbing plan (which route you plan to take, how many people in your party, when you start the climb), and it's a good idea to fill it out in case of an emergency. The easiest way to do it if you can't read Japanese is to use a translator app. If you choose not to fill out the form, I highly suggest telling someone who isn't on the mountain your plan just in case. Overall, this hike is challenging with stunningly beautiful views. There are plenty of photo opportunities, but more importantly, it's a beautiful landscape where you can commune with nature and spend a day on an amazing mountain in Tohoku.
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Date of experience: October 2018
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Kalvin L wrote a review May 2017
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We can see conbination view,green tree and white snow.Very press air the snow a made whether quite cold.
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Date of experience: January 2017
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doug50today wrote a review Jul 2012
Akita, Japan9 contributions21 helpful votes
you can see the snow capped mountain from Akita city on a good day (and from the right place). fun twisty drive up to the visitor center half way up. when i went it was misty and i thought we were at the top as you couldn't see anything. if the weather's good you can do some hikes from here. don't expect anyone to speak English here though. there's lots to see and do on the plateau below, which is quite big. forget going here if you don't have a car !!
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Date of experience: May 2012
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