Asahikawa

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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.

Hotel Wing International Asahikawa Ekimae
Hotel Wing International Asahikawa Ekimae
3 out of 5
7-3112 Miyashitadori, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
The price is ¥4,356 per night from Dec 21 to Dec 21
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 ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (201 reviews)
"주차장이 조금 떨어져 있지만 호텔은 편안하고 아늑합니다. 공기청정기와 가습기를 자유롭게 사용할 수 있습니다."

Reviewed on Apr 3, 2021

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JR Inn Asahikawa
JR Inn Asahikawa
3.5 out of 5
7-Chome 2-5 Miyashitadori, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
Fully refundable
The price is ¥5,372 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
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 ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (930 reviews)
Very nice hotel, conveniently situated
"The hotel was very comfortable and conveniently connected with the JR station and the Aeon shopping mall. Complimentary tea and coffee are offered in a nice lounge near the reception. The hotel does not have its own restaurant, and guests who take the breakfast option use a buffet situated in the ..."

Reviewed on Aug 29, 2021

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Premier Hotel Cabin Asahikawa
Premier Hotel Cabin Asahikawa
3.5 out of 5
1 Jodori-7 Chome, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
Fully refundable
The price is ¥5,455 per night from Jan 3 to Jan 3
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 ...
4/5 Very Good! (611 reviews)
"泊まるだけなら十分です。駅から近く利用しやすいと思います"

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2021

Premier Hotel Cabin Asahikawa
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Economy Hotel Upashi
Economy Hotel Upashi
3 out of 5
2 Jodori 7 Chome 2004-1, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
Situated in Asahikawa, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Asahikawa City Museum, Asahikawa Museum of Art, and Tokiwa Park. Ayako Miura Literature ...
3.6/5 Good! (5 reviews)
"シャワーだけでは無くお風呂が有れば最高でした。"

Reviewed on Sep 26, 2021

Economy Hotel Upashi
Ms Studio
Ms Studio
3 out of 5
6-4-13 Toyooka 10 Jo, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
Situated in Asahikawa, this vacation home is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Asahikawa Ramen Village and within 3 mi (5 km) of Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum and Tokiwa Park. ...
Ms Studio
Stay Asahikawa Koto
Stay Asahikawa Koto
3 out of 5
2-1352-1, 2 Jodori, Asahikawa, Hokkaido
Situated in Asahikawa, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Asahikawa Museum of Art and Tokiwa Park. Asahikawa City Museum and Ayako Miura Literature ...
5/5 Exceptional! (3 reviews)
"Super clean and brand new feeling. Lots of space for a group and close to a convenience store."

Reviewed on Jan 6, 2020

Stay Asahikawa Koto
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