Asahikawa-shi, Asahikawa town of dining, Daisetsuzan National Park, Asahiyama Zoo, Asahikawa Ramen village,
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Asahikawa, located in the near center of Hokkaido at the traffic point of Hokkaido sightseeing is a town of top class dining even by Japanese standards where cereals and culinary plants grown with high quality water, the produce from the sea of Japan and the Sea of Okhotsk and meat such as beef, pork and lamb from the outskirts are gathered. Please come to eat a variety of dishes in Asahikawa!

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Asahikawa Tourist Information

Asahikawa City Tourism Section
Asahikawa Food Terrace 2F, 5jo-dori 7chome, Asahikawa-shi

8 points of interest in Asahikawa
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■ Important traffic point, gathering area of
 food stuffs
Being in the near center of Hokkaido, it is connected to all points of Hokkaido and food is brought in via airport, railway and major roads.

■ Asahiyama Zoo is very popular.
Asahiyama Zoo is popular as the first zoo in Japan where you could see animals being raised in an open-like environment that was near to nature. It changed the display and the breeding methods for zoos in Japan.

■ Let's visit Daisetsuzan National Park!
In recent years Daisetsuzan National Park has attracted attention as the biggest natural park in Japan, . It is one hour by car to the highest peak in Hokkaido, Asahidake. You can go to Kurodake in the most famous hot-spring town in Hokkaido, Sounkyo by car in 1 hour and 15 minutes.

■ Easy access to Furano and Biei!
You can go to Furano-shi and Biei-cho that are famous for lavender and rural scenery in one hour by car or train.

■ Town of woodwork furniture
Asahikawa is where the outer areas are covered by rich forest and the furniture made in the outskirt area boast of high quality material, refined design and functionality and are accompanied by the Asahikawa furniture brand.

■ Medical town
With Asahikawa Medical College Hospital, Asahikawa Red Cross hospital, Asahikawa public welfare hospital, Asahikawa Municipal hospital and more general hospitals, many specialty medical institutions are located making a full medical system. There are medical institutions that are accepting of foreign patients for examinations.

■ Asahikawa Ramen village is a popular
Asahikawa, the treasure house of meals has intense ramen competition, and there are a lot of ramen restaurants here that are even famous throughout Japan and Asia. It is a ramen village where the popular restaurants are gathered in one place.

■ The local brew of Asahikawa is popular
Otokoyama Shuzo, Takasago Shuzo, and Godo Shusei are the three major brewers producing famous sake.

Asahikawa City HOMEPAGE


< Character of Asahikawa city : Asappy >

 Konnichiwa! Welcome to Asahikawa near the center of Hokkaido. It is the major point of traffic of high quality ingredients.
Speaking of Asahikawa! It is a place filled with charms such as the Asahiyama zoo which is said to have drastically changed the face of Japanese zoos, it's the town which recorded the lowest temperature in Japan, it's the town of the medical forefront of kind care, it's the town from which it's convenient to go to the popular Daisetsuzan National Park which is the biggest national park in Japan, and it's the town of Asahikawa furniture which utilizes the neighboring high quality forest lumber.

 In addition, Asahikawa is considered a top-class town of dining even by Japanese standards where great ingredients are gathered such as cereals and culinary plants grown with high quality water, marine produce from the surrounding Pacific Ocean, Sea of Japan, and Okhotsk Sea, and meat such as beef, pork, and lamb from the outskirts. Please come to eat a variety of dishes in Asahikawa!
Keep in mind that it is a vast area, so make sure to make a detailed travel plan when you decide on a destination. That is best strategy when it comes to Asahikawa!

Asahiyama Zoo

The flamingo exhibit is being renewed! It will reopen after two years on April 27th, 2019.
In 2018 a northern giraffe was born, and in March 2019 a baby spotted seal was born.

[Park Open Times]

April 27 - October 15, 2019 9:30 a.m. - 5:15p.m.
October 16 - November 3, 2019 9:30 a.m. - 4:30p.m.
November 11, 2019 - April 7, 2020 10:30 a.m. - 3:30p.m.

※The park is closed between April 8 to April 26, 2019 , between November 4 to November 10, 2019
 and between December 30, 2019 to January 1, 2020.

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Mogumogu Time ■ Mogumogu Time
Meal time, when the animals are at their most active.
Explanations and commentary are given by zoo keepers.

●Availability: all year
Night Zoo ■ Night Zoo
The zoo's open hours are extended until 9 PM, so you can view the animals who become active at night.
Firefly viewing is an event that can immerse you in the summer of Japan.

●Availability: August 10 - August 16, 2019
Penguin Walks ■ Penguin Walks
An unmissable Asahikawa winter event. Anyone can find viewing the penguins walking on the snow enchanting.

●Availability: mid December - late March (times may change
depending on snow conditions)
Bright Snowy Zoo ■ Bright Snowy Zoo
Held at the same time as the Asahikawa Winter Festival. The zoo's open hours are extended until 7 PM.
Over 700 ice candles imaginatively illuminate the animals in the frozen night.

●Availability: February 6 - February 11, 2020

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Enjoy the high-quality powder snow in the largest skiing area in Northern Hokkaido.

The new high speed gondola can reach the top in just 8 minutes.
In the depth of winter there are icy trees around the mountaintop, and attractive scenery from the various courses.

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Facility name: KAMUI SKI LINKS
Address: Nishioka 112, Kamui-cho, Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido
Regular holidays: none during season (planned operation from December 1st to March 31st)

【Number of courses】25 courses【Difference in elevation】601m
【Longest course】4,000m【Lifts】6 facilities
【Rental】skis, snowboards available【Snowboard park】available
【Parking】3,000 spaces available

How to access:
  • By car from Asahikawa Station for approximately 40 minutes, from city hotel by shuttle bus.
  • It is approximately 60 minutes by direct bus from Asahikawa Airport.

KAMUI SKI LINKS Official site

Tourist Information Center

In Asahikawa-shi, there are 5 tourist information centers. They are located in the Asahikawa JR Train Station, in the Asahikawa Airport, at the Asahikawa food terrace in the central city area, at Asahikawa Zoo the most popular zoo in Hokkaido, and at the roadside station called Michi no Eki Asahikawa with the food court full of Asahikawa's fine cuisine and Asahikawa and Douhoku produce.

■ Asahikawa Tourism Product Information Center
3-1, Miyashitadori 8chome, Asahikawa-shi
(Asahikawa JR Station east concourse)
8:30a.m.-7:00p.m. (There are changes by season)
Closed: December 31 - January 2
※ Staff who speak English and Chinese are present.
Asahikawa Tourism Product Information Center

■ Asahikawa Airport general guidance
16-98, Higashi 2sen, Higashikagura-cho, Kamikawa-gun
(Asahikawa Airport first floor arrival lobby)
From 8:45 to the arrival to the last flight, Asahikawa Airport general guidance
Asahikawa Airport general guidance

■ Asahikawa General Tourist Information Center
Asahikawa Food Terrace 2F, 5jo-dori 7chome, Asahikawa-shi
Closed: December 30 - January 4
Asahikawa General Tourist Information Center

■ Asahiyama Zoo Sightseeing Information Center
Kuranuma, Higashi Asahikawa-cho, Asahikawa-shi
(Inside Asahikawa Zoo)
Summer Open Hours 11:00a.m.-4:00p.m.
Winter Open Hours 11:00a.m.-3:00p.m.
Asahiyama Zoo Sightseeing Information Center

■ Roadside station Asahikawa Tourist Information Center
1-12, Kagura 4jo 6chome, Asahikawa-shi
10:00a.m.-5:00p.m. (There are changes by season)
Closed: The first Wednesday of every month
Roadside station Asahikawa Tourist Information Center

Asahikawa's Highlights

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Asahikawa Dining

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Events of Asahikawa

Asahikawa Summer Festival Asahikawa Summer Festival
August 1, 2019- August 3, 2019

The opening is kicked off with Doshin Noryo Fireworks Festival, a citizen's dancing parade, a miniature shrine and festival cars and line of dancers, more over Taisetsu 3-6 Festival, Yosakoi Soran Dancing Night, and Disco Night. Variety of events are held in these 3 days with full of passion.
Kita no Megumi Tabemarche, food festival Kita no Megumi Tabemarche, food festival
September 14,2019 - September 16, 2019

A huge food market stretches for approximately 1.5 kilometers from the front of Asahikawa Station.
Locally loved food connected to Asahikawa, Northern Hokkaido and Asahikawa Airport are gathered together, and can experience the flavors of the north and Hokkaido which are the supply base of various, rich meals.
Winter Garden Winter Garden
Mid January, 2020 - Mid February, 2020

Around Asahikawa JR Station, you can enjoy skating or snow banana boat. At the skating rink of the station square open space, we have equipment rental, without reservation, you can even try if you show up empty-handed (Just make sure you're protected against the cold).
Asahikawa Winter Festival Asahikawa Winter Festival
February 6,2020 - February 11, 2020

Other than large snow statues boasting one of the world's largest scale size, there are attractions that both adults and children can enjoy including the ice slide measuring 100 meters in length. In addition, night fireworks, and shows of light and sound are the highlights, too.

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■ Asahikawa Airport

Domestic (regular service)
  • Haneda→Asahikawa(ANA/ADO、JAL)
    6:55a.m.→8:30a.m., 7:55a.m.→9:30a.m., 10:30a.m.→0:05p.m.,11:15a.m.→0:50p.m.
    2:00p.m.→3:35p.m., 5:10p.m.→6:45p.m., 5:50p.m.→7:25p.m.

  • Nagoya→Asahikawa(ANA)
International (regular service)
  • From Taipei to Asahikawa (Tigerair Taiwan)
    7:45a.m. → 0:50p.m. / Tue. Sta.
    ※Departure and arrival times are all shown
      in local time.
  • From Inchon to Asahikawa (Korean Air)
    7:45a.m. → 0:50p.m. / Mon. Wed. Thu. Fri. Sta.
    ※Departure and arrival times are all shown
      in local time.

* For the updated schedule, please refer to Asahikawa Airport website. →  Asahikawa Airport website (Japanese)

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■ JR Asahikawa Station

New Chitose Airport-Sapporo-Asahikawa
New Chitose Airport--45 minutes--Sapporo--1 hour 25 minutes--Asahikawa

Furano and Biei Norokko-go train (seasonal service between Asahikawa and Furano)

[Operating Period]
  • June 8, 2019 (Sat.) - June 16, 2019 (Sun.) , Saturday and Sunday
  • June 22, 2019 (Sat.) - August 18, 2019 (Sun.) , Everyday
  • August 24, 2019 (Sat.) - September 23, 2019 (Sun.) , Saturday, Sunday and Holidays

[Train Timetable]
Bound for
Departing AsahikawaArriving at
Departing Lavender fieldsArriving at
No.1 Train10:00a.m.10:29a.m. 10:38a.m. 11:14a.m. 11:31a.m.
No.3 Train1:06p.m. 1:40p.m. 1:57p.m.
No.5 Train3:10p.m. 3:44p.m. 4:02p.m.

Bound for AsahikawaDeparting FuranoDeparting Lavender FieldsArriving at
Arriving at
No.2 Train0:02p.m.0:15p.m. 0:50p.m.
No.4 Train 2:04p.m. 2:23p.m. 3:01p.m.
No.6 Train4:12p.m. 4:42p.m.5:21p.m.5:22p.m.5:46p.m.

■ Highway bus, Regular bus

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Destination Bus Stop Number Bus Line
To Asahiyama Zoo 6 Asahikawa Denkikidou Bus【41,47】
To Asahikawa Airport 9 Asahikawa Denkikidou Bus【77】
To Asahidake 9 Asahikawa Denkikidou Bus【66】
To Sounkyo 8 Dohoku Bus【81】
To Shirogane Onsen 9 Dohoku Bus【39】
To Biei 9 Dohoku Bus【40】
To Furano 9 Furano Bus【Lavender Gou】

  • To Sapporo  [7]  Highway bus Asahikawa-go
  • To Obihiro [8] North Liner
  • To Kitami [8] Limited express Sekihoku-go
  • To Kushiro [8] Sunrise Asahikawa,Kushiro-go
  • To Monbetsu [8] Ryuhyo Mombetsu-go / Limited express Okhotsk-go

■Asakuru Pass

This is a great value ticket allowing you to ride the regular buses of Asahikawa city as much as you like! The regular buses are great for sight seeing in the city.

1 day ticket : adult 1,200 yen, child 600 yen
2 day ticket : adult 1,800 yen, child 900 yen

Participating bus companies: Asahikawa Denkikidou, and Dohoku Bus (There is a route that is partly unavailable.)

Asakuru Pass(Front)
Asakuru Pass(Back)

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Asahikawa Local Area Map

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Climate in Asahikawa

  Jan. Feb. Mar. Apr. May Jun. Jul. Aug. Sep. Oct. Nov. Dec. Year
Average temperature
-7.5 -6.5 -1.8 5.6 11.8 16.5 20.2 21.1 15.9 9.2 1.9 -4.3 6.9
69.6 51.3 54.0 47.6 64.8 63.6 108.7 133.5 130.9 104.3 117.2 96.6 1042.0

Major tourist cities in Hokkaido

Bus lines connecting Hokkaido

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