Yōtei-zan is covered in alpine flowers during the summer, though you're going to face a 10-hour, 10km slog to the top to see them. The Ezo violet in particular is a rare endemic found above the 1600m threshold. From the peak, the Sea of Japan, the Pacific and Lake Toya are all visible. And in comparison to the real Fuji, Ezo Fuji sees few hikers, ensuring long bouts of silent contemplation. The trailhead for Yōtei-zan is at Yōtei-zan Tozan-guchi , which is south of Kutchan near JR Hirafu Station, and is accessible by local bus lines.