Hokkaido Kamikawa-cho,Kamikawa Town,Sounkyo Onsen,Sounkyo hot spring,Daisetsuzan National Park, Daisetsuzan Mountain Range Kurodake,Sounkyo Distinct Colummer Joints,
Ginga no Taki (Milky Way Falls),Ryusei no Taki (Shooting Stars Falls),Ginsendai, Obako

This is UU-Hokkaido's official tourist information about Kamikawa town and Sounkyo. See the main highlight of Sounkyo.
Please come and visit the great nature of Hokkaido, at Kamikawa-cho of Daisetsuzan.

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Kamikawa Sounkyo hot spring Tourist Information


Sounkyo Tourism Association
〒078-1741
Chuo-cho, Kamikawa-cho, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
TEL:+81-1658-2-1811


8 points of Sounkyo hot spring and Kamikawa-cho sightseeing
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■ A town of Hokkaido's well known hot springs
The hot springs at the foot of the mountain in Japan's largest national park, Daisetsuzan National Park. It is a full-scale mountain resort with 17 hotels and inns in a nature rich gorge.
Sounkyo hot spring information

■ Daisetsuzan Mountain Range Kurodake Ropeway
1,984 meters above sea level, it offers a view of Kurodake's treasure house of outstanding Japanese alpine plants. You can take the 101- passenger ropeway by Kurodake Ropeway from the Sounkyo hot-spring resort to the Kurodake fifth stage in seven minutes one way. In winter this area becomes a popular skiing spot.

■ Distinct Colummer Joints, Obako
Both rock faces of the large gorge extend for approximately 24km along the Ishikari River flowing from Daisetsuzan and have slim stick precipices with hexagons, and four cornered points. Obako is a place where you can see nature on a global scale, up close.

■ Ginga no Taki (Milky Way Falls) and Ryusei no Taki (Shooting Stars Falls)
There are waterfalls in Sounkyo from Japan's Top 100 Waterfalls. The point of beauty for the waterfalls in Sounkyo are the colummer joints found on each side of them. The Milky Way Falls (the female waterfall) runs like layers of fine white thread and the Shooting Stars Falls (the male waterfall) runs as one thick thread. The 2 waterfalls are also called the husband and wife waterfalls.

■ Picturesque Autumn Leaves, Earliest in Japan, Ginsendai
The Daisetsuzan mountain range, where the changing of the leaves comes first in Japan. In Ginsendai you can see the colorfully stained mountain sides that create a view that seems like a landscape painting of beautiful nature. It is breath-takingly beautiful.

■ The Colorful Icefall Festival
The ice is molded over a period of 3 months, allowing it to freeze in layers below freezing temperature.
7 colors light up to create a fantastic world.This is one of the leading Hokkaido winter festivals with fireworks launched on the weekend.

■ Daisetsu Mori-no Garden
This is a flower garden of the forest where approximately 500 flower species are displayed under 5 themes. The areas of interest in the garden (mori no engeikan) are built considering the natural landscape and follow 7 themes.
With the slow growth of the forest, you too, can take your time to envelop yourself in the surrounding nature. It was the main venue of the 2015 Daisetsu Hokkaido Garden Show.

■ Kogen Hot Spring Marsh Visit
An approximately 4 hour walking course. In summer there are alpine plants, and in autumn the changing leaves are beautiful.
Begin the course from the entrance at the Higuma Information Center after taking a lecture.

Sounkyo Tourism Association

Kamikawa-cho Introduction

Kamikawa-cho is a town popular among domestic and foreign tourists for its nature and Sounkyo Onsen spreading out at the foot of Daisetsuzan National Park Kurodake.
Here, you can enjoy the colors of winter, spring, summer and autumn with the untouched Nature of the Daisetsuzan federation. It can be said that it is the star attraction of Hokkaido nature walks. Also, you can enjoy the powerful geological scene where the bedrock that is shaped in hexagonal pillars called columnar joints can be seen.
Kamikawa-cho is a connecting point of traffic leading to Abashiri-shi and Shiretoko peninsula on the Okhotsk coast, Kitami-shi, Obihiro-shi, Lake Akan, and Kushiro-shi.



Climate in Sounkyo

  Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Year
Average temperature
(℃)
-8.5 -7.9 -3.5 3.4 10.0 15.1 18.9 19.6 14.1 7.4 0.8 -5.4 5.3
Precipitation
(mm)
49.3 40.4 51.4 60.6 83.6 75.4 141.2 158.6 141.9 129.2 118.9 73.5 1129.7


Events of Kamikawa

January 23, 2016 - March 27 :  Icefall Festival January 23, 2016 - March 27 : Icefall Festival
The winter is so cold that even the waterfall running down the cliff is frozen solid. The waterfalls become huge icefalls and ice sculptures along the Ishikari River are lit up by prismatic colored lighting giving off a mysterious appearance.
Fireworks are launched on the weekend, too and color the winter night sky.
Late June - Early October : Hana Monogatari Event Late June - Early October : Hana Monogatari Event
Visitors Sounkyo Onsen are treated with floral art. Lodging facilities and shopping streets are colored gorgeously with beautiful flowers and works of art.
There are even more great spots to take pictures, as Sounkyo becomes a town of flowers.
July 25, 2016 - August 15 : The Gorge Fire Festival July 25, 2016 - August 15 : The Gorge Fire Festival
Sounkyo's greatest summer event. This is a re-enactment of the Owl Ritual that is the traditional rite of the Indigenous Ainu People. Performers compete to color the gorge with the light of the fire, and carry out drumming and ancient Indigenous Ainu ritual dancing solemnly and mysteriously.

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Recommendations of Sounkyo


Ice Pavilion

Photo Museum

Sounkyo Visitor Center

Taisetsu Dam

The best ramen in Japan

Kurodake Ropeway

Mikunitoge Pass

Floating island marshland

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Sounkyo Transportation

Sounkyo area Wide view road map
【Sounkyo area】【Wide view road map】

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■ Kamikawa JR Station, Bus Timetable

●Asahikawa Station - Kamikawa Station - Sounkyo Onsen(Regular Bus)

<Asahikawa Station - Sounkyo Onsen>
Asahikawa Station (Departure)9:15a.m.10:45a.m.0:15p.m.2:35p.m.3:45p.m.4:35p.m.8:00p.m.
Kamikawa mori no terasu bus touch (Departure)10:35a.m.0:05p.m.1:35p.m.3:55p.m.5:05p.m.5:55p.m.2:35p.m.
Sounkyo (Arrival)11:05a.m.0:35p.m.2:05p.m.4:25p.m.5:35p.m.6:25p.m.8:30p.m.
 
<Sounkyo Onsen - Asahikawa Station>
Sounkyo (Departure)6:20a.m.7:45a.m.8:40a.m.10:55a.m.1:30p.m.3:40p.m.5:30p.m.
Kamikawa mori no terasu bus touch (Departure)6:55a.m.8:20a.m.9:15a.m.11:30a.m.2:05p.m.4:10p.m.6:00p.m.
Asahikawa Station (Arrival)8:10a.m.9:35a.m.10:30a.m.0:45p.m.3:20p.m.5:30p.m.7:20p.m.

●Asahikawa Station - Kamikawa Station (JR)

Okhotsk 1Okhotsk 3Okhotsk 5Okhotsk 7
Asahikawa (Departure)9:02a.m.11:18a.m.4:43p.m.7:08p.m.
Kamikawa (Departure)9:42a.m.0:01p.m.5:31p.m.7:52p.m.
 
Okhotsk 2Okhotsk 4Okhotsk 6Okhotsk 8
Kamikawa (Departure)9:25a.m.0:31p.m.4:43p.m.8:20p.m.
Asahikawa (Arrival)10:09a.m.1:11p.m.5:11p.m.8:59p.m.

※ Local trains also available


●Kamikawa- Sounkyo Onsen - Obihiro Station
 (North Liner : Reservation Required

<Kamikawa - Sounkyo Onsen
  - Obihiro Station>
Kamikawa mori no
terasu bus touch
(Departure)11:30a.m.
Sounkyo (Departure)0:02p.m.
Obihiro Station (Arrival)2:15p.m.
<Obihiro Station - Sounkyo Onsen
  - Kamikawa>
Obihiro Station (Departure)2:30p.m.
Sounkyo (Arrival)4:43p.m.
Kamikawa mori no
terasu bus touch
(Arrival)5:10p.m.


●Asahikawa Station - Sounkyo Onsen - Lake Akan - Kushiro Station
 (Sunrise : Reservation Required

<Asahikawa Station - Kushiro Station>
Asahikawa Station (Departure)8:00a.m.3:35p.m.
Sounkyo (Departure)9:32a.m.5:07p.m.
Lake Akan (Arrival)1:03p.m.8:38p.m.
Kushiro (Arrival)2:33p.m.10:08p.m.
<Kushiro Station - Asahikawa Station>
Kushiro (Departure)8:03a.m.3:38p.m.
Lake Akan (Departure)9:33a.m.5:08p.m.
Sounkyo (Arrival)1:03p.m.8:40p.m.
Asahikawa Station (Arrival)2:35p.m.10:10p.m.


●Asahikawa Station - Sounkyo - Onneyu - Kitami Bus Terminal
 (Tokkyu Sekihoku Gou : Reservation Required

<Asahikawa Station - Kitami Bus Terminal>
Asahikawa Station (Departure)8:15a.m.10:15a.m.2:15p.m.4:15p.m.
Kamikawa (Departure)9:15a.m.11:15a.m.3:15p.m.5:15p.m.
Sounkyo (Departure)9:52a.m.11:52a.m.3:52p.m.5:52p.m.
Onneyu (Departure)10:58a.m.0:58p.m.4:58p.m.6:58p.m.
Kitami Bus Terminal (Arrival)11:45a.m.1:45p.m.5:45p.m.7:45p.m.
 
<Kitami Bus Terminal - Asahikawa Station>
Kitami Bus Terminal (Departure)8:15a.m.10:15a.m.2:15p.m.4:15p.m.
Onneyu (Departure)9:01a.m.11:01a.m.3:01p.m.5:01p.m.
Sounkyo (Departure)10:12a.m.0:12p.m.4:12p.m.6:12p.m.
Kamikawa (Departure)10:40a.m.0:40p.m.4:40p.m.6:40p.m.
Asahikawa Station (Arrival)11:45a.m.1:45p.m.5:45p.m.7:45p.m.



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