6 - 7
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Biei-dake 美瑛岳 (2052m) is a stratovolcano just northeast of Tokachi-dake 十勝岳 (2077m) in the southern half of the Daisetsuzan Range in central Hokkaido.
To the south of the summit, there are awe-inspiring views of the expansive Ponpi-sawa basin - a colossal area of jagged rock, chutes, and spurs.
From the summit, there can be good skiing in shallow gullies.
Lower down, broad snowfields offer expansive and inspiring views of the Furano Plains below as you descend.
For the more ambitious, it's very feasible to do a loop tour, linking up Biei-dake and Biei-fuji.