Five Things to Do in Asahikawa

There is plenty to do in the second largest city of Hokkaido. The city is always bustling with energy and this is especially true in the summertime when Asahikawa is constantly hosting festivals and firework shows, whilst the winter provides its own unique charm. One thing is for sure, you will not be bored in Asahikawa. Here are our top five recommended activities for having the best time in this beautiful city.

Visit the Ramen Village

Visit the Ramen Village
Visit the Ramen Village

There is nothing like a fine bowl of high quality ramen whilst enjoying the vibrant sights and sounds of one of Hokkaido’s most beautiful cities. Asahikawa is famous for its ramen and no trip to the city would be complete without some time spent filling your belly with some of the best ramen the region has to offer at its very own ramen village.

Spend the day at Asahikawa Zoo

Spend the day at Asahikawa Zoo
Spend the day at Asahikawa Zoo

Japan’s best zoo can be found in Asahikawa, and there is no wonder it is always full to the brim with excited visitors. The zoo provides guests with a unique experience as far as most other zoos in Japan go, by allowing visitors to get well and truly close up to the action. Bears, wolves, deer, and even goats – there’s something to please every animal lover at Asahikawa Zoo.

Expand your mind at the Ainu museum

Expand your mind at the Ainu museum
Expand your mind at the Ainu museum

The Ainu are the native people of Hokkaido. Since the Japanese occupation of Hokkaido, there has remained very little obvious evidence of their existence in the land, and this is why places like the Ainu museum are so important in preserving the history of a culture lost to modernity. The small museum is run by real Ainu, and is the perfect place to learn about a very important slice of Hokkaido’s history. The museum is English friendly and built in the traditional Ainu style, and is actually the oldest historical museum about Ainu, running since 1916 when it was built by Kawamura Kaneto, an Ainu chief.

Escape into some nature at Ueno Farm

Escape into some nature at Ueno Farm
Escape into some nature at Ueno Farm

Sometimes the body just craves some natural greenery, and after so much time spent exploring new places, Ueno Farm provides the perfect natural escape for one to rest and recharge in one of the most beautiful organic settings in Hokkaido. The English style farm is a tranquil wonderland full of new things to discover even after multiple visits. It really is the gift that keeps on giving.

Try some delicious sake at Otokoyama Brewery

Try some delicious sake at Otokoyama Brewery
Try some delicious sake at Otokoyama Brewery

Last but certainly not least is the world famous Otokoyama Brewery – a sake lover’s paradise. Here guests are invited to enjoy some of the best sake the world has to offer in the lovely free tasting rooms. And once you’re done trying all the delectable sake you can handle, head on over to the on-site sake museum to learn about the history of the traditional art form that is sake production.

Facility Name
Asahikawa
Address
Hokkaido Asahikawashi Miyamaedorinishi
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Facility Name
Asahikawa Ramen Village
Address
Hokkaido Asahikawashi Nagayamajuichijou 4-119-48
Phone
0166482153
Opening Hours
11:00-20:00
Closed
Depending on the store
Parking Lot
Available (150 spaces) ※ store adjacent parking lot, other, there is also a large bus parking lot.
Credit Card
No
Smoking
Ishida, only for smoking
Wi-Fi
Yes
Vegetarian Menu
Yes (Aoba, there are except for heaven gifts (we serve specialties))
English Menu
Yes (with menu table)
Introduction
This theme park which has assembled together the finest ramen shops from within the city of Asahikawa is approximately 20 minutes by car from JR Asahikawa Station. Current member stores include the eight restaurants of Aoba, Ittetsu-an Matsuda, Ishida, Tenkin, Santoka, Saijo, Koubo Kato and Baikoken. There are even restaurants offering miniature sizes of ramen, so visitors can easily enjoy taste testing at several places. It is also popular among tourists as a unique photo spot with a giant ramen bowl featuring chopsticks holding noodles that appear to be floating in the air.
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Facility Name
Asahiyama Zoo
Address
Hokkaido Asahikawashi Higashiasahikawachou Kuranuma
Phone
0166361104
Opening Hours
9:30-17:15 (Final Admission 16:00)
Zoo at night Early Aug.-around Mid 9:30-21:00 (last Admission 20:00)
Hours shortened by the time
Closed
Apr. and Nov. Are closed for the long term
New Year's Holiday (12/30-1/1)
Fees
[Admission fee] Adults (High School Students or more) 820 yen, Children (Junior High School Students below) Free
Parking Lot
Available
Introduction
Asahiyama Zoo is a zoo in Asahikawa City. The exhibits allow you to see the expressions of the animals close up and include the penguin enclosure where you can see the penguins swimming as if they are flying through the air from an underwater tunnel that gives a 360° view (at the Penguin Building), the polar bear enclosure where the 300kg giants swim around energetically (at the Polar Bear Building), the seal enclosure where you can watch the distinctive swimming of seals (at the Seal Building), and the beasts of prey enclosure where you can see tigers, lions, leopards and other from various angles (at the Beast Building). The penguin walk held outside in the snow season is also popular.
Information Sources:
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Facility Name
Kaneto Kawamura Ainu Museum
Address
Hokkaido Asahikawashi Hokumonchou 11
Phone
0166512461
Opening Hours
[Sep.-June]9:00-17:00
[July-Aug.]9:00-18:00
Closed
Open everyday (Lavender East is only available for July.)
Fees
[Admission fee] Adults 500 yen, Teen middle school student 400 yen, Elementary School students 300 yen, Elementary School Students or less Free (Fees for groups, Disabled discount, JAF member discount etc)
Parking Lot
Available (15 spaces)
Credit Card
No
Introduction
This is the oldest Ainu museum in Japan established in 1916 with the aim of protecting and passing on Ainu folk culture. In addition to exhibits of tools from Ainu daily life and valuable materials, mainly from the Asahikawa area, the museum runs programs that include performances of the mukkuri, a folk musical instrument, experiences of classical dance, and embroidery workshops (bookings required). You can also purchase original merchandise and folk clothing with Ainu pattern motifs.
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Facility Name
Ueno Farm
Address
Hokkaido Asahikawashi Nagayamachou 16-186
Phone
0166478741
Opening Hours
[Garden release Period (Apr. End-Mid Oct.)] 10:00-17:00
※ Cafe is All year sales, Garden closure Period is 11:00-
Closed
[Garden opening Period middle] open everyday
[Cafe in the garden ClosedPeriod middle (Late Oct.-Late Apr.)] Monday, New Year's Holiday
Fees
[Admission fee] Adults 800 yen, Elementary School Students Below are Free
Parking Lot
Available (80 spaces)
Credit Card
Not available
Introduction
Ueno Farm was originally an ordinary rice farm. Starting in 1989, when a change in the law made it possible for farmers to sell their rice directly to consumers, Ueno Farm experienced a steady increase in the number of people visiting the farm, and the owner decided that it would be a good idea to plant flowers so that visitors could enjoy strolling round the farm; as a result, Ueno Farm became a place where people can admire different seasonal flowers at different times of year. Today, besides walking round the Farm’s gardens, visitors can also purchase herbs and seedlings grown on the Farm using seeds imported from Europe, and enjoy light meals and desserts made using locally-grown ingredients. The weekend farmers’ market, when neighboring farmers come to sell their vegetables at Ueno Farm, is also a popular event.
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Facility Name
Otokoyama Sake Museum
Address
Hokkaido Asahikawashi Nagayamanijou 7
Phone
0166477080
Introduction
Otokoyama Sake Museum is a museum operated by Otokoyama, a sake brewer in Asahikawa City. The exhibits include valuable materials and literature from the Edo period, ukiyo-e prints depicting Otokoyama, as well as vats and other sake making tools. There is free tasting and the museum also sells sake from the brewery. You can also pump up the underground water at the facility to take home free of charge. The sake made with underground water sourced from the perpetual snow in the Mt. Taisetsu range has won numerous awards both in Japan and overseas.
Information Sources:
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    Asahikawa

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    Asahiyama Zoo

    Zoo
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    Otokoyama Sake Museum

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    Kaneto Kawamura Ainu Museum

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    Asahikawa Ramen Village

    Ramen
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    Ueno Farm

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