Asahikawa is the central city in northern Hokkaido, influential in industry and commerce. Strikingly, Asahikawa is a city of bridges. You'll find about 130 rivers and streams including the Ishikari River and Chubetsu River, and over 740 bridges in the city. The Asahibashi, a bridge crossing Ishikari River, has been one of the symbols of Asahikawa and is registered as one of the Hokkaido Heritage sites. Every winter, the Asahikawa Winter Festival is held on the bank of the Ishikari River. If you love cold weather travel and skiing, this is the place. In fact on January 25, 1902, a weather station here recorded −41 °C (−41.8 °F), the lowest temperature in Japanese history.
Asahiyama Snow Village
Asahiyama Snow Village is a ski lodge which provides delicious Hokkaido delicacies such as "Shoyu Ramen", "Buta-don" (Grilled Pork bowl with pork from Hokkaido) and lamb barbecue. During the ski season, ski beginners can enjoy skiing, snow rafting and other sn
Furano Biei Norokko-go
Only in seasonal operation from June to October of each year, this train highlights the natural beauty of Furano and Biei. Riders can enjoy views of the seasonal lavender and also get off at Lavendera Batake staion and take a 7 minute walk to the Timita Farm l
Asahikawa Winter Festival
Asahikawa Winter Festival, organized every February, is an event where snow statues decorate the city center and multiple activities for visitors as well as the International Ice Sculpture Competition are held.
Koncent x Takumi
Koncent x Takumi is a furniture store in Hokkaido. The store is a collaboration between Takumi, a furniture brand, and Koncent, a design gift store.
Biei, with its colorful and vast fields, is considered one of the most beautiful places in Japan.
Shikisai no Oka
Biei is famous for its scenic rolling hills, and the Panoramic Flower Gardens of Shikisai no Oka provide a beautiful display of colorful flowers of around thirty varieties from spring till fall every year. Flowers include lavender, sunflowers, lupine and cosmo
Asahidake, also known as Mount Asahi, is a 2291-meter high mountain located in Daisetsuzan National Park.
The Blue Pond, located near Shirogane Onsen Hot Spring, owes its color to the minerals dissolved in the water.
At a height of 3,084 meters, this summit is located on the border between the prefectures Nagano and Gifu. Mount Naka, or Naka-dake in Japanese, is part of the Hida mountain range in the Northern Japanese Alps. Three huts around the area offer hikers overnight
Located in Daisetsuzan National Park, this range of gorges and the surrounding area is famous for its hotels and hot springs resorts as well as its autumn leaves, waterfalls and cliffs. Its name is derived from the Japanese words for layer, cloud, and gorge, a
Daisetsuzan National Park
Daisetsuzan National Park is located in the center of Hokkaido. The park is famous for its wild nature and autumn colors.
Daisetsuzan Sounkyo-Kurodake Ropeway
This cable car goes to the 1.500-meter high seventh stage of Mt. Kurodake where visitors can enjoy a view over the Daisetsu Mountain Range and Sounkyo Gorge. From there, a 1-hour climb will take you to the summit of Mt. Kurodake.
The Natural Cafe
Located near the ropeway up Mount Kurodake, The Natural Cafe is a pit stop to refresh and recharge.
Dried Flower House (ドライフラワーの舎)
The house boasts one of the largest display areas of dried flower arrangements in Japan. Len Alkemade, the Dutch floral designer, created the dried flower displays in the house. Using plenty of bright colored flowers, the work highlights Spring and Hanami (c
Farm Tomita is a large lavender farm in Furano, an area famous for its vast purple fields in early summer and lavender themed products and foods.
Tokachi Mountain Range
This range of mountains comprises of Mount Bieidake, Mount Oputateshike, Mount Furano, and Mount Tokachi, the highest of them all at 2,077 meters. A still-smoldering volcano, Mount Tokachi has a number of hot springs, such as Tokachi Onsen and Shirogane Onsen.
Located about 3km from Furano Station, this winery is open to the public and offers free wine tasting. It is operated directly by Furano's municipal government. Not far from the winery is the Restaurant Winehouse where visitors can try the wines with Western d
In the Maruseppu Insectarium visitors can watch insects and other small creatures in their natural habitat.
Lake Shikaribetsu Kotan
Located in Hokkaido's Daisetsu National Park, Lake Shikaribetsu is frozen over in winter and entirely covered by snow. Each year from late January to late March, an Igloo village is built on the lake. Aside from the Eskimo-style houses, visitors can also enjoy
Hoshino Resort Tomamu Ski Resort
Famous for its abundant powder snow, the 145-hectare Tomamu Ski Resort is operated by luxury property developer Hoshino Resort.
Tomamu Ice Village
Located in the Tomamu Ski Resort, this village is entirely made of snow and ice. Illuminated ice domes feature a restaurant, bar, shop, and even a wedding chapel. It also has a workshop where visitors can learn about snow and ice. In addition, a small cafe and
Hoshino Resort Tomamu Unkai Terrace *Season closed*
Located in the Tomamu mountain resort area near the center of Hokkaido, 98 gondolas hang from an about 2.4-kilometer cable, departing every 16 seconds to take visitors to the Unkai Terrace at 1,088 meters altitute. The ride takes about 13 minutes. Aside from t
P-Dash Garden Backpackers
Located in a quiet rural area in Higashikawa, P-Dash Garden offers dorm beds as well as private rooms, free WiFi and free-use bicycles. It features a garden, a bar and a shared lounge.
Hotel Trend Asahikawa
Featuring free WiFi throughout the property, Hotel Trend Asahikawa offers accommodation in Asahikawa, 6 km from Asahiyama Zoo. Free private parking is available on site. Each room comes with a flat-screen TV. You will find a kett
Featuring spacious public baths and Japanese gardens, Toka-en offers simple Japanese-style guest rooms fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring. It is a 7-minute drive from JR Asahikawa Station.
Yado Retro House Ginza Asahikawa
Yado Retro House Ginza Asahikawa offers simple lodging and free WiFi, a 15-minute walk from JR Asahikawa Station. It provides dorm beds, a shared living and dining room and free-use facilities including a washing machine, fridge a
Asahikawa Grand Hotel
Providing contemporary air-conditioned rooms, the Asahikawa Grand is a 13-minute walk from JR Asahikawa Train Station. Spa Plateau boasts a hot tub and sauna, and the hotel has a 17th-floor restaurant with beautiful views.
Toyoko Inn Hokkaido Asahikawa-eki Higashi-guchi
Offering rooms with free Wi-Fi, this hotel is a 3-minute walk from JR Asahikawa train station. It provides computer terminals with printing facilities and a common microwave at the lobby.
Hotel Crescent Asahikawa
A 10-minute walk from JR Asahikawa Train Station, Hotel Crescent offers accommodations with a flat-screen TV. Some rooms come with free wired internet access. Guests can relax in the spacious public bath located on the top floor f