Hiking in Sōunkyō Onsen

Take the Sōunkyō Kuro-dake Ropeway and chairlift to the mountain's 7th station (1520m), from where it's a 90-minute, 1km trek to the summit at 1984m. This hike, doable between June and early October (check at the visitor centre about early snow), is a favourite with alpine plant and flower enthusiasts.

From the summit of Kuro-dake it is possible to carry on over to Asahi-dake and take the ropeway down to Asahidake Onsen. Start early, check conditions at the visitor centre and allow seven to nine hours for this mission.