Daisetsu-zan Grand Traverse

  • Asahidake - © flickr user Caroline Coenen
  • Cabin in the middle of Daisetsuzan - © flickr user Boccaccio1
  • © Flickr user kevin Jaako
  • Mt. Daisetsuzan - © Flickr user Jeremy Wong
  • Snow melt lake in Daisetsuzan - © flickr user Boccaccio1
  • Summit of mt Tomuraushi - © Flickr user Masa Sakano
  • Sunrise @6,020 - © Flickr user kevin Jaako

Key information: Daisetsu-zan Grand Traverse

  • This great walk crosses the Daisetsu-zan NP, taking in some of Hokkaido's highest peaks, Mt. Tokachi-dake and Mt. Asahi-dake as well as other volcanoes, high empty mountains, plateaux, virgin forests, lakes and wetlands.

Walkopedia rating

  • Walkopedia rating88
  • Beauty34
  • Natural interest18
  • Human interest2
  • Charisma34
  • Negative points0
  • Total rating88

Vital Statistics

  • Length: 55km
  • 5 days
  • Maximum Altitude: 2,290m
  • Level of Difficulty: Strenuous
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Cabin in the middle of Daisetsuzan - © flickr user Boccaccio1

WALK SUMMARY

Probably the walk we most covet in Japan. The so-called Grand Traverse is perhaps the greatest walk in Hokkaido and indeed Japan, 55km (5 days) traversing the superb, fascinating wilderness of Daisetsu-zan NP. Lonely high plateaux and mountains, spectacular volcanoes, virgin forests, lakes and wetlands.

There are a number of ways of crossing the National Park, but the route recommended by Lonely Planet (in their Hiking in Japan) looks the best - a 5 day loop then traverse taking in both Asahi-dakeand Tokochi-Dake.

It is considered a really tough walk, with steep climbs and some long days. Basic (unmanned) huts and camping are unavoidable so you will need to carry heavy packs, but the drama and variety of the landscape and true remoteness will make it worthwhile.

Our friends Walk Japan have a Hokkaido Hike which is effectively a grand traverse and covers much of the same ground as the Lonely Planet's route.

This is tough walking in remote mountains with unpredictable weather, on which you may have to be self-sufficient. Come prepared.

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PRACTICAL INFORMATION

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Snow melt lake in Daisetsuzan - © flickr user Boccaccio1...
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