A picturesque valley, Sounkyo is located in huge Daisetsusan National Park in Hokkaido and offers majestic views of nature. Sounkyo Onsen is nestled along the valley. This is one of the largest hot spring resorts in Hokkaido and was developed as a modern hot spring resort in the 1950s. It is a simple sulfur spring and the waters are good for rheumatism, diabetes, and high-blood pressure. The hot spring town has a footbath, which is free of charge; an onsen facility for day-trippers, Kurodake no Yu; as well as ryokan and other accommodations, parking, and restaurants. Dishes using Daisetsu Kogen beef, rainbow trout, and wild vegetables are local specialties.
The vast valley that stretches along some 24 km of bluffs has a variety of beautiful scenes every season: fresh greenery and colorful flowers in spring and summer, red and yellow leaves in autumn, and frozen waterfalls in winter. Momijidani is a trail with fine autumn foliage views. Sounkyo Onsen Hyobaku Matsuri is an annual festival held in winter. While the waterfalls are frozen and stand as gigantic icefalls, objects made of ice are illuminated and create a magical atmosphere.
With its Sounkyo Visitor Center, Sounkyo Onsen is a base for climbing mountains of the Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group. Daisetsuzan Kurodake Ski Area, Daisetsuzan Sounkyo Kurodake Ropeway, and campsites are also nearby. For those who are in good physical condition, climbing Mt. Asahidake and Mt. Kurodake is also recommended.
Tokyo (Haneda Airport) -> 95 min by plane -> Asahikawa Airport -> 40 min by shuttle bus -> JR Asahikawa Sta. -> 155 min by JR limited express Okhotsk -> Rubeshibe Sta. -> 85 min by highway bus -> Sounkyo
Sounkyo Kanko Kyokai (Tourism Association)