Location: Places >> Central Asia >> Japan >> Hokkaido/北海道
Login for full access to Couchsurfing Groups. Not a member yet? Join our community!

is Sounkyo worth a visit during winter?
Posted November 18th, 2012 - 3:20 pm from Singapore, Singapore
This member has chosen to allow only Couchsurfing members to see their group posts. To see this full converstion, sign up or log in.

Posted November 18th, 2012 - 11:39 pm by from Sapporo, Japan (Permalink)
Hi haven't done the trek you're talking about, but from my sparse experience, hiking in the Daisetsuzan area in winter is not hiking. It is mountaineering. The altitude of the mountains might be quite low, but even on a good day in winter (which is all I have experienced) it is a very serious high-altitude-type of climate. I have heard stories of Everest-veterans being caught out, having not expected how harsh it can be up there in Daisetsuzan in winter.

A guide might be one way to go, for example Japan Adventures: http://docs.showcase-central.com/JA/contents/home?language=english

Don't be scared off though...the onsens and scenery are amazing!


Posted November 19th, 2012 - 4:31 am from Singapore, Singapore
This member has chosen to allow only Couchsurfing members to see their group posts. To see this full converstion, sign up or log in.

Posted November 20th, 2012 - 12:24 pm by from Te Anau, New Zealand (Permalink)
Rob has hit the nail on the head there.
To do any type of hike in Daisetsuzan in winter is for experience mountaineers only with the right gear and clothing for extreme cold, winter conditions.
If you looking for something less extreme then a visit or an onsen stay at Sounkyo is very nice. If you are a good snowboarder or skier who loves powder and heading off-piste then Asahidake ski field would be the place for you.

Posted November 20th, 2012 - 1:27 pm from Singapore, Singapore
This member has chosen to allow only Couchsurfing members to see their group posts. To see this full converstion, sign up or log in.

Posted November 22nd, 2012 - 11:13 am by from Te Anau, New Zealand (Permalink)
Sounkyo Onsen village is open all year round but the ski field is closed from Jan 22 to Feb 24 2013.
Sounkyo in winter is still a good place visit even if the ski field is closed, They have a great snow festival and light show on, Sounkyo is well known for its nearby frozen waterfalls in winter.
If I were you I would spend a night there and check the place out then head over to Asahi-dake for some awesome powder snowboarding.

Posted November 23rd, 2012 - 11:41 am from Singapore, Singapore
This member has chosen to allow only Couchsurfing members to see their group posts. To see this full converstion, sign up or log in.

Posted November 23rd, 2012 - 11:48 am from Singapore, Singapore
This member has chosen to allow only Couchsurfing members to see their group posts. To see this full converstion, sign up or log in.

Posted November 28th, 2012 - 3:26 am by from Toshima, Japan (Permalink)
I've hiked the Kuro summit and snowboarded down. Bring an avalanche beacon and watch for trail makers. I know people who went off the back face and got stuck in a bowl, the Japanese self defense force had to rescue them at a cost of about 150,000 yen each!

Check my Facebook, my cover photo is looking up at the summit from the (closed due to too much snow) ski area.

facebook.com/jtquigley

Posted November 28th, 2012 - 3:36 am from Singapore, Singapore
This member has chosen to allow only Couchsurfing members to see their group posts. To see this full converstion, sign up or log in.

Posted November 28th, 2012 - 5:43 am by from Te Anau, New Zealand (Permalink)
Hi Tony

At Asahi-dake if you are planning to do off-piste then it is for advance snowboarders and skiers that is why I said in a post before "If you are a good snowboarder or skier who loves powder and heading off-piste then Asahidake ski field would be the place for you" if you are not then Asahi-dake may not be the place for you. But ! I have gone to Asahi-dake with people who were not so good and they just kept to the ski marked trail and didn't go off the trails and they were OK.

Tony! Sounds like you are looking for some new places to ski at in Hokkaido. Have you tried Kamui Links near Asahikawa http://www.kamui-skilinks.com/ . If you haven't I think you will like it there. It has everything for all levels. Another place you ight want to try is Kiroro http://www.kiroro.co.jp/.

Leon

Posted November 28th, 2012 - 3:41 pm from Singapore, Singapore
This member has chosen to allow only Couchsurfing members to see their group posts. To see this full converstion, sign up or log in.

Posted November 30th, 2012 - 6:21 am by from Toshima, Japan (Permalink)
I've been riding for 15-16 years and Kurodake had me scared in a few areas (but that just gets the adrenaline going even better)! It is 110% for advanced level skiers and boarders if you plan to take it off-piste. BUT, the actual ski area is fine for beginners.

Kamui is, hands down, my favorite ski area in the world. The off-piste there is just incredible and it is NEVER busy. There is an area under the gondola I call the Devil's Staircase, it's just massive cliff drops the whole way down. I jumped too early once and missed the gap -- knocked myself out cold with my own knees to the face. Luckily a friend was there to dig me out of the pow and slap me around until I woke up :P

Posted November 30th, 2012 - 8:53 am from Singapore, Singapore
This member has chosen to allow only Couchsurfing members to see their group posts. To see this full converstion, sign up or log in.