Hiking in Sōunkyō Onsen

From Ginsen-dai (銀泉台; 1500m), south of Sōunkyō Onsen, there's a lovely 4km track up to Aka-dake (赤岳; 2078m). Allow five hours return. From July to September a bus (¥900, one hour) runs from Sōunkyō Hostel via Sōunkyō bus terminal to Ginsen-dai at 6am and returns at 3.30pm (double-check times at the visitor centre).