Early winter contrast beautiful at Tokachidake Mountain range

On October 7 in Hokkaido, sky-level cold air inflow led to the coldest temperatures yet for this season across a wide range of locations. As part of this chill, the summit area of the Tokachidake Mountain Range was crowned with snow. Gazing downwards at the summit from an aerial vantage point, the snow-covered Tokachidake Mountain Range ridge shone pure white.

Upon entering the sky above the town of Kamifurano at 8:00 a.m. on October 7, the summit of the frontward situated peak called Tokachidake Mountain (2,077 meters tall) was crisply visible. The first winter snowcap for the Taisetsu Mountain Range was observed on October 6, but cloud covering hid it away, blocking perfect observation of the area. However, the summit area of the Tokachidake Mountain Range did contain areas where the green of the dwarf Siberian pine region and white of the freshly fallen snow paint a beautiful contrast.

The first below-freezing temperatures were recorded in Hokkaido for this season, with examples including 0.4 degrees below freezing at the Nukabira Gensenkyo area in the Eastern Hokkaido Tokachi region town of Kamishihoro and at the Numakawa area in the Northern Hokkaido city of Wakkanai.

The Tokachidake Mountain summit area draped with snow (View from a Hokkaido Shimbun Press helicopter at 8:00 a.m. on October 7)


Tokachidake Mountain