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Daisetsuzan National Park

Come and see rare alpine flowers living across the bare mountains of Daisetsuzan National Park.

Come and see rare alpine flowers living across the bare mountains of Daisetsuzan National Park.
Conveniently located in the center of Hokkaido, the Daisetsuzan National Park covers a massive 226,000 hectares, easily making it the largest national park in Japan. There are a number of peaks within the Daisetsu Mountain Range. At 2,290 meters, Mt. Asahidake is the highest, surrounded by others in the range of 2,000 meters, like Mt. Kurodake. Along with the Tokachidake Mountain Range, Daisetsuzan was designated a national park in 1934.
Although most mountains in Hokkaido have relatively gentle slopes, weather conditions can be quite harsh. During its short summers, perennial snow, creeping pine, and dainty alpine flowers can be seen on the mountains.
In Japan, autumn colors come earliest to the Daisetsuzan National Park. The ropeway takes you as high as 1,300 meters on Mt. Kurodake, and to 1,600 meters on Mt. Asahidake. Breathtaking views, which the Ainu refer to as “Kamui mintara,” or “playground of the gods,” can be seen from these points.
Many of the animals in the park are believed to have survived the ice age, creating an array of endemic species, like Yezo brown bears, sables, and Yezo stoat. You can also find rare fauna, such as pika, a rabbit-like mammal with shorter ears. Of the 405 species of confirmed bird species in Hokkaido, 142 species have been sighted in the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range. Here, you can see the pine grosbeak, the often-illusive Eurasian three-toed woodpecker, boreal owl, and the feared-to-be-declining hazel grouse.
You can learn about ecosystems and nature that inhabit east Daisetsu at either the Nukabira Gensenkyo Visitor Center or East Daisetsu Nature Center.

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