Asahikawa is a city in Hokkaido, Japan, known for its Asahiyama Zoo, winter festivals featuring ice sculptures, and access to nearby national parks, offering a blend of urban charm and natural beauty.


Asahikawa QUICK INFO

  • 🇯🇵 Region: Hokkaido
  • 👩‍🎨 Visitors per year: 15 million
  • ⏰ Timezone: GMT +9
  • ✈️ Airport: Asahikawa Airport (AKJ)
  • 💹 Currency: Japanese yen (JPY)
  • ✈️ Cheap flights:
  • 🕝 Average Trip Length: 3-5 days
  • 🛃 Visa: 30 days
  • 🚑 Travel Insurance: Ekta
  • 📲 Best Sim Card: Telcel
  • 🔌  Power plug: Type A/B (220 volts)
  • 🚰 Tap water: Drinkable
  • 💰 Cashless: No
  • 💵 USD allowed? No

Asahikawa, the second-largest city in Hokkaido, Japan, founded in 1890, serves as a vital hub for the island’s central region.

Its strategic location has fostered its development as a transportation and commercial center, bridging urban amenities and surrounding natural landscapes.

Historically, it has been a focal point for lumber and paper industries, leveraging its rich forest resources.

The city’s cultural heritage is celebrated through various festivals, museums, and its renowned Asahiyama Zoo, which showcases innovative animal habitats.

Asahikawa stands out for its Asahiyama Zoo, which pioneered naturalistic exhibits that allowed closer animal encounters and significantly influenced zoo designs worldwide.

Its annual Winter Festival, featuring majestic ice sculptures, attracts global visitors and showcases Hokkaido’s rich seasonal beauty.

The city also serves as a gateway to Daisetsuzan National Park, offering outdoor enthusiasts access to pristine landscapes for hiking, skiing, and hot springs, blending urban conveniences with nature’s allure.

  • Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
  • Rainy season: no rain and few typhoons
  • Hottest Month: August
  • Coldest month: January

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