Discover Asahikawa

Asahikawa is a vibrant city that boasts a diverse range of attractions. Visit the unique Snow Museum, observe animals in their natural habitat at Asahiyama Zoo, indulge in retail therapy at Asahikawa Heiwadori Retail Park, or learn about the history of sake at the Otokoyama Brewery Museum. With something for everyone, Asahikawa is an exciting destination for travelers of all interests.

Things to see and do

Tours and Activities


Getting around in Asahikawa

The easiest way around Asahikawa is on foot, since the major sights and attractions are within walking distance from each other. Though, some sights are located a bit further ahead, where a car or bus might be necessary. 

If you decide to rent a car, it is advised to do so from Asahikawa airport. You can use our car rental widget in the FAQ menu below. 

Getting to Asahikawa

Public transportation:

To get from Sapporo to Asahikawa by public transportation, travelers need to take the JR Limited Express "Kamui" or "Lilac" from Sapporo Station to Asahikawa Station. The journey takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes.



Valid rail passes: 


Nearest airport:
The nearest and most convenient airport is Asahikawa airport. 

  • by car: approximately 35 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 1 hour


Rental cars:

How long to stay in Asahikawa

We recommend staying in Asahikawa between one and two days.

Seasonal information

Winter sports:
Ski resorts in Japan typically run from December until the end of April. Though this can differ from year to year, depending on the amount of snow. We recommend visiting to the resorts' website for the most up-to-date information. You can find their website by clicking on the respective icon in our customized map above and following the link.

Festivals in Asahikawa

There are several festivals here throughout the year. Please be advised that the following list is based upon previous entries of those festivals and that the dates might have changed for the following year. It is also possible that the entire festival is cancelled in the case of heavy rainfall or a natural disaster. Please check with the official organisers' website for the most up-to-date information. 
For the exact location of any of the festivals listed here, you can consult our map above by clicking on the icon in the upper most corner of the map to open the map legend. Festivals are hidden by default but can be made visible by clicking on the "Festivals" checkbox in the map legend.

  • Asahikawa Winter Festival

    • Date: February 6th until February 11th

    • Time: 09:00 - 21:00

  • Shopping Park Street Performance Festival

    • Date: June 29th and 30th

    • Time: 10:00 - 18:00

  • Ishikari River Festival

    • Date: July 7th

    • Time: 10:00 - 17:00 (Fireworks: 20:45 - 21:15)


  • Kamikawa Shrine Festival

    • Date: July 20th until 22nd


  • Asahikawa Hokkaido Shimbun Summer Festival 

    • Date: August 1st until 3rd

    • Fireworks on August 1st: 19:45 - 20:45

  • Sky Day Asahikawa Airport Festival

    • Date: September 22nd

Hotels in Asahikawa

Flights to Asahikawa

Nearest airport:
The nearest and most convenient airport is Asahikawa airport. 

  • by car: approximately 35 minutes

  • by public transport: approximately 1 hour

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