At Asia Senses Travel we’re adventurers at heart. Our journeys are all about discovering new places and cultures while creating unforgettable memories through physical activity and breathtaking scenery.
Sounkyo gorge in the east of the picturesque Daisetsuzan national park is an area of striking natural beauty with sheer walls of rock, craggy outcrops and some breathtaking views over the rest of the park.
Sounkyo is also densely forested and weather depending, is wonderfully photogenic at any time of year be it in the snow, amongst the fresh green vibrancy of spring or the kaleidoscopic array of colours here in the autumn. The cable car and chair lift towards the summit of Kurodake, which looms over the gorge, offer the best views and give you an idea of the scale and vastness of this area of Japan. It is really only from this height that one begins to understand why this is known as the 'Roof of Hokkaido'. Sounkyo also has a number of spectacular waterfalls which give rise to the tumbling rivers that run through the gorge and there are some beautiful and easy riverside walks to reach these falls.
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Although the fall foliage looks best from October to early November in most areas, visitors can enjoy the scenery even in late August in Sounkyo, known to be the earliest viewing spot in Japan.
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Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel to Sounkyo, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists. Alternatively, if you would like to include a visit to Sounkyo on a bespoke touring itinerary to Japan, do not hesitate to contact us.