Two short walks from Sounkyo, a mountain resort on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido, to see the spectacular gorge and waterfalls scenery. One took us to a popular tourist spot, the other to a hidden gorge. They can be enjoyed separately or in the one day, made easier by hiring bikes for the road section. A good contrast to the hard circuit of the high tops the previous day. Watch out for sudden rainstorms!
- The best bits were the impressive views from the top of the steps above the Main Gorge Car Park, and at the top of the Secret Gorge Walk.
- The worst bit was the walk along the main road, which was a bit tedious.
- The funniest moment was singing nursery rhymes to ward off any bears in the woods.
- A word of warning would be to take care on the rocks beside the waterfalls in the Hidden Gorge, but there were no scary bits.
- We were surprised to see the excellent picnic area and camp site without any other visitors at all, even though it was mid-summer.
- We had never seen before anything like the high wooden barriers across the path of a stream to protect against floods.
Contributed by Andrew Llanwarne< Back to Japan page for links to other stories
|Location||Daisetsuzan National Park, Sounkyo|
|Date walked||July 2003|
|Walk type||Town and City walks|
|Difficulty||Suitable for anyone who enjoys an easy walk|
|Distance||5 miles + 3 miles|
|Time taken||4 hrs 0 mins|
|Map used||"Attack" 1:25,000 Daisetsuzan map|
|Walk source info||Sounkyo tourist leaflet Route marked on map National Park Centre in Sounkyo|
|Getting there||Train Sapporro - Asahikawa Train Asahidake - Kamikawa Bus Kamikawa - Sounkyo Cycle hire - Sounkyo & Gorge car park|
|Places to stay||Hotels, guest houses, and youth hostel in Sounkyo|