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Hokkaido | Daisetsuzan National Park


Hiking the trails of the Playground of the Gods in the alpine landscapes of Hokkaido

In the language of the Ainu, the indigenous people of Hokkaido, Daisetsuzan National Park is known as "Kamuymintar"—Playground of the Gods. A 40-minute drive from central Biei will put you within Daisetsuzan National Park's borders. If you are keen to enjoy some hiking during the green season, head for Mt. Tokachi Observatory, from where several hiking trails head deeper into the park. Hiking is most enjoyable from late September through to mid-October when autumn leaves—the earliest in Japan—burst into color. Daisetsuzan National Park is home to many animal and plant species, some of which can only be found here within Japan. Among them is the Northern Pika, a small rodent that lives in rocky scree at high altitudes. Although hard to spot, many hikers hear its shrill cry. There are also plenty of animals in the Biei-Shirogane Forest at the national park's edge that nature watchers love, such as the Ezo Squirrel or the black woodpecker. More information about the status of hiking routes in Daisetsuzan National Park can be found at Mt. Tokachi Observatory. For information about the forest, visit Biei Tourism Information Centre, Shiki-no-Jouhoukan.

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Hokkaido Prefecture | JNTO Official Website





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