3 Beautiful Hidden Destinations in Asahikawa, Hokkaido

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  • The second largest city in Hokkaido is Asahikawa. It has been considered as the core city since 2000. It is well-known for Asahiyama zoo and Asahiyama ramen. It is also popular for its lumber, brewing industries as well as the production of furniture and paper pulp. However, there are several other things you can actually do in this area. Here are some of Asahikawa’s great but unknown destinations.

    Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum

    Otokoyama Sakezukuri Museum has quite a history to tell, especially in the industry of sake making. The museum tells about Otokoyama’s 340 years of existence in making sake together with sake-making equipment, sake literature, sake bottles and glasses and other important items. You can also see Kitagawa Utamaro’s ukiyo-e. He is regarded as one of the most important practitioners of the ukiyo-e genre. Here, you can also listen to the sound produced by “suikinkutsu,” it is a very mystical sound called “suikinon” in Japanese. The sound was often used in tea ceremonies during the Edo period which, apparently, became the sound widely associated with Japan.


    Tokiwa Park

    Tokiwa Park is popular for its winter season. It celebrates a winter festival every second week of February. This festival began in 1947 and is well-known as “Iyomante” or “Bear Festival” in Ainu. This is a great event to be involved in. At the same time, an international ice sculpture competition is also held at the same time on the main shopping street, Kaimono-koen. The lit up snow and ice sculptures are a must-see for every visitor!

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    The Snow Crystal Museum

    The Snow Crystal Museum is an understated museum purely dedicated to snowflakes. It is the best place to learn about interesting things related to snow. This is reminiscent of a European Castle and belongs to Hokkaido Folk Arts and Craft Village. In order to enter the museum, you have to go down a set of stairs first leading to a corridor. The spiral railing looks gorgeous in its metal snowflakes and at the bottom, you’ll see a water fountain full of coins. Admission fee costs 650 yen for adults which is a bit pricey for what the museum offers.

    The Snow Crystal Museum *Japanese Only

    To enjoy the beauty of Asahikawa, it is not only advisable to visit the popular landmarks but also some interesting spots like these three. There are many more hidden places to unravel and explore in the northern part of Japan!

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