Even in May, hectic amount snow can be seen on the hillside of Mt. Tokachi(dake). This is the parking lot for the trekkers. A third of the palce was covered with snow. Trekkers use this parking lot in front of the entrance of the trail.
It was still cold around this area. Chilly breeze was coming down from the peaks of the mountains.
The shade kept the snow from melting up. The temperature of the ground was comparatively high but the tons of snow cooled down the area like in the fridge. You can kick back and relax in the hot spring bath, savoring this contrast of the scenery.