I was hoping to get some help for a trip to Asahidake Onsen in early July. We are coming by plane from Tokyo on Asahikawa airport. I've found several contradicting bus schedules for the Asahikawa - Higashikawa - Asahidake bus route but if I'm correct it should be possible to get a bus at 11:00 and arrive in Asahidake Onsen at 12:33. Does anyone know if this schedule is correct?
As it is high season by that time I would like to make a hotel reservation beforehand but that is rather complicated as some lodge do not have a website and if they have one it is in Japanese. So far I've tried Bearmonte, Daisetsuzan Shirakaba-so and Nutapukaushipe lodge. Only of the first two I can find sites but these are mostly in Japanese. Does anyone know where I can make bookings for Nutapukaushipe lodge or where I can check availability and rates for the other two?
One final question: as my girlfriend and I like to soak into an onsen together, does anyone know whether the onsens in the lodges are usually mixed or separate for men and women?
Thanks for your help!