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AsahikawaJapan

Asahikawa is Japan’s saké-brewing, seafood and ramen noodle centre. Amuse yourself at its zoo, sculpture museum, pottery village, ski slopes and beautiful gardens.

Asahikawa is a city in picturesque central Hokkaido, Japan’s second-largest island. The town is crisscrossed by streams and rivers and surrounded by mountains. It is home to the Otokoyama Saké Brewery and famous for its ramen noodles.

The first stop for saké lovers is the Otokoyama Brewery and Museum where you can learn both modern and traditional processes of saké making. Tasting is a big part of any tour. You can also purchase impressive drinking cup sets at the shop.

Your next mission is to enjoy Asahikawa’s typical ramen noodle soup, infused with soy, pork and seafood. You’ll find the highest concentration of ramen restaurants in Asahikawa Ramen Village in the suburb of Nagayama. Visit a few restaurants to find your favourite taste.

Check out polar bears, spotted seals, penguins and orang-utans at Asahikawa’s zoo. The zoo showcases the animals’ natural behaviours in specialised enclosures such as a vertical swimming tube for the seals. Note that the zoo closes throughout October and November for winter preparations.

Warm up in the Asahikawa Sculptural Museum, housed in an old World War II officers’ club, where you’ll see the works of the master Rodin and the Japanese artist inspired by him, Nakahara Teijiro. See stunning textiles hand-woven by local women at the Yukaraori Folkcraft Museum or watch ceramicists and glass blowers at work. Try your hand at throwing a pot at the Arashiyama Pottery Village.

If you’re visiting in early February, don’t miss the Asahikawa Winter Festival, where you’ll see astoundingly intricate ice sculptures, light shows, cultural acts and almost life-sized snow buildings. There are also several ski areas nearby, the closest in Kamui Links, offering backcountry slopes.

You can fly into Asahikawa Airport from Tokyo and some other domestic locations. Trains run between Hokkaido’s major cities. On the outskirts are breathtakingly beautiful country towns such as Biei, with artists’ communities, craft workshops and galleries along with flowering farmlands creating patchworks of colour.

Where to stay in Asahikawa

Shirahige Falls showing landscape views, rapids and a gorge or canyon

Shirogane Onsen

3.5/5Good!(2 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the mountain views and hot springs in Shirogane Onsen. You might want to make time for a stop at Shirokane Hot Spring or Shirahige Falls.

Shirogane Onsen

Top Hotels in Asahikawa

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
JR Inn Asahikawa
JR Inn Asahikawa
3.5 out of 5
7-Chome 2-5 Miyashitadori, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
$55
per night
Apr 5 - Apr 6

Located in the heart of Asahikawa, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Asahikawa Museum of Art, Tokiwa Park, and Ayako Miura Literature Museum. Kamikawa Shrine ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (1,698 reviews)

"The location of the hotel is just directly above AEON mall. Super convenient to shop in the mall and walk to train station or bus terminal."…"

Reviewed on Mar 2, 2020

JR Inn Asahikawa
Route-Inn Grand Asahikawa Ekimae
Route-Inn Grand Asahikawa Ekimae
3 out of 5
8-1962-1, Miyashita dori, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
$56
per night
Apr 3 - Apr 4

Situated in Asahikawa, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Asahikawa City Museum, Asahikawa Museum of Art, and Tokiwa Park. Kamikawa Shrine and Ayako Miura Literature ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (535 reviews)

"Close to train station and city centre. Room was a little small for a double but i liked the layout and the couch"…"

Reviewed on Feb 23, 2020

Route-Inn Grand Asahikawa Ekimae
Premier Hotel -CABIN- Asahikawa
Premier Hotel -CABIN- Asahikawa
3.5 out of 5
1 Jodori-7 Chome, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
$31
per night
Apr 1 - Apr 2

Situated in Asahikawa, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Asahikawa City Museum, Asahikawa Museum of Art, and Tokiwa Park. Ayako Miura Literature Museum and ...

3.9/5Very Good! (440 reviews)
Great service

"Will come back again, for my next trip"…"

Reviewed on Nov 28, 2019

Premier Hotel -CABIN- Asahikawa

Popular things to do in Asahikawa

Asahiyama Zoo
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Asahiyama Zoo

4.5/5(7 reviews)

Come for the entertaining winter penguin parade and spend time spotting birds, reptiles and majestic mammals at this zoological park.

Asahi-Dake
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Asahi-Dake

4.5/5(6 reviews)

Watch steam rise from Hokkaido’s tallest peak, follow trails past pretty alpine vegetation, admire the scenery at mirrored lakes and ski on miles of backcountry terrain. 

Farm Tomita
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Farm Tomita

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Enjoy an outing to Farm Tomita during your stay in Nakafurano. While you're here, you can savor the top-notch restaurants.

Blue Pond
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Blue Pond

4.5/5(21 reviews)

Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Blue Pond during your travels in Biei. Discover the area's hot springs and countryside.

Daisetsuzan National Park
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Daisetsuzan National Park

4.5/5(12 reviews)

Explore the great outdoors at Daisetsuzan National Park, a lovely green space in Higashikawa. Discover the area's mountain views and seek out the ski slopes.

Asahidake Ropeway
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Asahidake Ropeway

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Admire the spectacular animals of Asahidake mountain as you ride above treetops to the upper station, where you can go on hiking or skiing adventures. 

Top activities in Asahikawa

Furano and Biei Private Day Tour
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Furano and Biei Private Day Tour

100% of travellers recommend
$79
Per adult
Hokkaido Noboribetsu, Toya & Shikotsu Lake Day Tour
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Hokkaido Noboribetsu, Toya & Shikotsu Lake Day Tour

$93
Per adult
Summer Exclusive: Hokkaido Otaru & Shakotan Tour
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Summer Exclusive: Hokkaido Otaru & Shakotan Tour

$108
Per adult

Reviews of Asahikawa

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Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 28, 2019

Well , it was my first time in Japan and Asahikawa. So every thing was new and exciting. But the weather was very nice. Reminded me of where I live. Not to hot or cold. Really liked the scenery, very pretty. I really enjoyed my trip.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

May 24, 2019

Many places to visit. Very quite and peaceful

4/5 - Good

KC

Apr 22, 2019

Must try the Genghis Khan bbq at Daikokuya

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