I arrived at Asahidake Onsen in the evening and would be staying two nights there so that I’d have a full day at Daisetsuzan National Park. The next morning the rain was still coming down but only lightly. I decided to leave my umbrella behind on the belief that the rain was about to stop and started my day by walking up to the Asahidake Visitor Center. The visitor center has a lot of maps of Daisetsuzan, including a large 3D map of the area around Mt Asahidake. I looked around the visitor center for a while, photographing trail maps and taking note of important details—such as where bears had been sighted recently—and then went back outside.
Before going up the ropeway to the main part of Daisetsuzan I decided to complete the short walking trail that loops around the lower ropeway station. The trail only takes about 10 minutes to complete and above me the ropeway gondolas cruised back and forth. As I was near the end of the path the rain stopped and a bright ray of light broke through the clouds. There was finally a break in the storm and I knew I needed to immediately get to the ropeway and begin my ascent. I had a full day at Daisetsuzan ahead of me.
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