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Sounkyo Gorge

Sounkyo, Kamikawa-gun, Kamikawa-cho 078-1701 , Hokkaido
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Fantastic views of the snowfields and forests

We experienced a beautiful clear Autumn morning. There had been enough snow to provide beautiful... read more

Reviewed 1 January 2017
Autumn below Winter on Top

I visited Kamikawa Sounkyo Gorge in Oct 16 , took a cable car up the first section, the view was... read more

Reviewed 20 December 2016
Kwan O
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1 Jan 2017
“Fantastic views of the snowfields and forests”
19 Dec 2016
“Autumn below Winter on Top”
Sounkyo, Kamikawa-gun, Kamikawa-cho 078-1701 , Hokkaido
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Reviewed 1 January 2017

We experienced a beautiful clear Autumn morning. There had been enough snow to provide beautiful scenery and both the gondola and chairlift were operating. It was midweek and sufficiently off-season that the crowds were limited. We also found the visitor centre very helpful.

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Reviewed 20 December 2016

I visited Kamikawa Sounkyo Gorge in Oct 16 , took a cable car up the first section, the view was great as we are going up, snow fall when we are approaching the cable car stn. That is NOT ALL you must the the kurodake...More

Thank Kwan O
Reviewed 1 September 2016

We stayed in Asahikawa and drove to Sounkyo after breakfast. It took only around an hour plus and the roads were easy to drive. We took the gondolla to the mid-level and the view was breathtaking. Then we took the chairlift ropeway further up and...More

1  Thank Ben P
Reviewed 22 July 2016

Save yours strength and take the cable car/chairlift ropeway combo. Then it's not an easy hike (my iphone says 113 floors I climbed over 10000 steps, so it's not un-steep), some steps still covered in snow July 15 (although mum, aged 61, could achieve in...More

1  Thank Jee K
Reviewed 29 March 2016

I just wish we were there in the right season. But nevertheless, the views are breathtaking. We got there by public transport without much difficulty with adequate research beforehand. Hike of about 2.5hours maximum to the peak. Hiking down probably will take longer because of...More

1  Thank tingting310894
Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

Absolutely stunning in winter with the gorge covered entirely in white powder snow. There is also an ice waterfall festival to enjoy in winter. A soak in the onsen while staring at snow is heaven!

3  Thank Nicholas O
Reviewed 9 February 2016

Beautiful scenery during the drive along the river. It's very cold during winter, do dress very warmly.

1  Thank Violetferrari
Reviewed 24 September 2015

Go for Ice Festival. Very pretty and the fireworks on weekends are a bonus. The valley also has some spectacular scenery and a terrific cable car - the Sounkyo Ropeway. Amazing views of the gorge from the cable car. At the top of the ropeway...More

3  Thank Shane_in_Oz
Reviewed 14 August 2015

We stayed one night and at 8:30 the town puts on a five minute firework display that really makes the stay special. Worth the trek to this beautiful part of Hokkaido, from where you can explore the top of Kurodake and that ridge of mountains.

1  Thank kate s
Reviewed 4 July 2015

All the way from Asahikawa to see the gouge. Not super fantastic but it's nice if its winter. I was there in mid June si just greenery. The waterfalls nearby is just so so not as great as some review stated.

2  Thank Desmondcheng
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Kuenie M
Will be in Hokkaido from 8 - 16 August 2017. On the 3rd day, plan to drive from Sapporo Station to Furano, then to Biei, and then spend a night in Asahikawa. Next morning, visit Asahiyawa Zoo, then proceed to Sounkyo Gorge. Explore Daisetsuzan National Park. Drive back to Sapporo Station. Your view/comment is very much appreciated. Thanks so much.
14 March 2017|
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sb g
Hello there, I would like to visit this place in early May. Is it good during that time? Is this place accessible by JR train? I would like to go there by JR train. Thank you
10 January 2017|
Response from Jee K | Reviewed this property |
I flew to sapporo and then drove there - there was still a fair bit of snow on the hiking tracks during July, so I'd expect it to be quite frozen in May. You may be able to hike it if you had full snow hiking gear.
Hi there! I am planning to visit Sounkyo on Dec. 27, 2016 to see the 2 waterfalls. What other sights in the area would you recommend during that time? Will be staying at JR Inn Asahikawa for 1 night, How do we get to Sounkyo Gorge, Ryusei no Taki Falls & Ginga no Taki Falls. Is there a train or bus the gets there directly. In case there is no bus, can you recommend a car transfer service. Looking forward to your kind help. Thanks! Sarah
15 July 2016|
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