On the last day in Asahikawa, headed to Mt. Asahidake of Taisetsuzan National Park. When went to Sounkyo (of Taisetsuzan National Park) this summer, Kurodake Cable Car was closed unfortunately due to strong winds, so tried it again today.
Mt. Asahidake of the Taisetsuzan mountain range, the highest peak in Hokkaido, is 2291m high above sea level. Its severity is said over those of over 3000m high mountains in the Honshu main island. Took Asahidake Cable Car from the foot of Mt. Asahidake (elevation 1100m) to Sugatami Station (elevation 1600m). Information video of the station at foot of the mountain says Mt. Asahidake has the earliest autumn in Japan nationwide.
When the cable car started moving up, the scenery changed from autumn to snow winter.
Scenery to the foot of the mountain under and between the clouds.
When arrived at Sugatami Station, the clouds were clearing up. The weather in the mountains is quickly changing. The pond freezed near Sugatami Station, and Mt. Asahidake was in a completely winter world.
The road leading to the mountain hut near the 5th station was also a winter mountain trail.
The dignified and holy view of Mt. Asahidake from the first observatory, which is about a 5-minute walk from Sugatami Station. The Taisetsuzan mountain range is classified as active volcanos, and many volcanic plumes were rising.
View of mountains on the north side of the Taisetsuzan mountain range was also beautiful.
View to the cable car station and the foot of the mountain.
Right after the noon time, so had a set of spicy miso ramen and curry rice at the restaurant of the cable car station.
On the way back from Mt. Asahidake, stopped by "Campana Rokkatei" in Furano for coffees and sweets. The vineyard around the shop is for "Furano Winery" right next to it.
A distant view of the Taisetsu mountain range shining in the afterglow and the beautiful vineyards that spread out below. A wonderful time that can feel standing in the northern land.
The sound of the Campana bell at 4 pm heralds the early dusk at beginning of winter in the northern land.
The Taisetsu mountain range was also standing quietly at nightfall.
The weather was hard to predict because winter was approaching and weather was becoming unstable. Even on these days, the clouds on the summit suddenly cleared up at Mt. Asahidake, which always wanted to visit, so very satisfied and moved by its beautiful scenery that was seen today.
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