- March 31st, 2014
[Asahikawa] Sweets, Tasty Foods and Tourist Attractions Can Be Enjoyed in Commercial City
- List of Tourist Attractions
- List of Tasty Foods
- Broiled Salty Pig Innards
- Mongolian Barbecue
- Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl
- Pork Rice Bowl
- JUN DOG
- Shinkoyaki (Grilled Half Young Chicken)
- Chicken Dish
- List of Sweets
- List of Onsen
- List of Events
- List of Accommodations
Asahikawa (旭川) that about 340,000 people live is the 2nd largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and has flourished as the center of the North Hokkaido area. Woodworks have been prosperous since the old days, and furniture is famous. Because water is clear, a liquor such as sake of Otokoyama (男山) and Godo Shusei (合同酒精) are famous, too. Popular tourist attractions such as Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園) and Biei (美瑛) are around the Asahikawa, so a lot of tourists use tourist bases in the North Hokkaido. As for a climate, the Asahikawa is located in Kamikawa Basin, the largest basin in the Hokkaido, so it is hot that temperature rises to 30 degrees C in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to -25 degrees C in a winter, and it snow very hard, too. So a winter festival using the snow is famous.
The Asahikawa used to be called a military-based city, and the Seventh Division, one of the strongest army corps in Japan in those days, was stationed. It appears in Golden Kamuy, a popular Japanese Manga, and the Asahikawa was flourished as a linchpin of Northern defense in the Japan together with the railroad. So the Asahikawa has a ghost story that is well-known to most local people, and it is said that marching servicemen killed in World War II returned to their base. By the way, the Asahikawa has few nature tourist attractions. But it has Ueno Farm (上野ファーム), one of the most popular garden in the Hokkaido, and tourist attractions with a beautiful view such as Arashiyama Observation Deck (嵐山展望台), Shujitsu-no-Oka Hills (就実の丘) and Kamuikotan (神居古潭). Hitorical buildings such as red brick buildings are built, too.
The Asahikawa is also famous as birth places for Mrs. Ayako Miura (三浦綾子) and Yasushi Inoue (井上靖), famous novelists, and was used as the setting of their novels. Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation (櫻子さんの足下には死体が埋まっている), a popular Japanese Manga, uses around the Asahikawa as the setting, too. In addition, Japanese movie "The Forest of Wool and Steel (羊と鋼の森)" that Mr. Kento Yamazaki (山﨑賢人) plays the leading character, Japanese movie "Asahiyama Zoo Story: Penguins in the Sky (旭山動物園物語～ペンギンが空をとぶ～)" that Mr. Toshiyuki Nishida (西田敏行) plays the leading character, and Japanese television drama "Freezing Point (氷点)" that Ms. Satomi Ishihara (石原さとみ) plays the leading character use the Asahikawa as shooting places, so visiting the real-life locations (The Beautiful Bones: Sakurako's Investigation, The Forest of Wool and Steel (羊と鋼の森), The Asahiyama Zoo Story: Penguins in the Sky) are popular, too. As for Onsen, there are few onsen in the Asahikawa. But the Asahikawa has Tatsu-no-Yu Onsen (龍乃湯温泉) and 21st century Mori-no-Yu loved only by onsen experts.
Speaking of the Asahikawa, a lot of people are reminded of Asahikawa Ramen, one of 3 major ramen in the Hokkaido. It is familiar to soy sauce broth ramen, but a taste is full of variety recently, too. About 500 ramen restaurants such as Aoba (青葉) and Hachiya (蜂屋) serve their tasty ramen. In addition, Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl (ゲソ丼), the Shinkoyaki (Grilled Half Young Chicken) and Broiled Salty Pig Innards (塩ホルモン焼き) are famous local specialities, and JUN DOG (ジュンドック) is also popular by local people. As for sweets, Long-established confectioners such as The Sun Kuroudo (Theサン蔵人) and Tsuboya (壺屋) keep traditional taste, and new confectionery stores such as QLL, a store specializing in swiss roll, distinguish themselves. Speaking of highly reputed restaurants in the Asahikawa, Unagi Kadowaki (うなぎ かどわき) is given 1-star by Michelin Hokkaido, and Kitchen Casket (キッチンキャスケット), Sushi Minato (鮨みなと), Sumibi Yakitori (炭火焼鳥 りょう), Hachiya 5-jo Branch (蜂屋 五条創業店), Horokanai Densho Handemade Soba Seiichi (幌加内伝承手打ちそば せい一) and Ramen Yotsuba (らーめん よつ葉) are given bib gourmand by the Michelin Hokkaido.
The Asahikawa has much events, too. Sake Event "Sakagura Kaiho (酒蔵開放)" is held on the 2nd Sunday of Feburary, Asahikawa Winter Festival (旭川冬まつり), Ice Sculpture World Contest (氷彫刻世界大会) and Asahikawa Snow Light (あさひかわ雪あかり) are held between 6days in early Feburary, and Vasaloppet Japan (バーサーロペット・ジャパン) is held between 2days in early March. Then Great Music March in Hokkaido (北海道音楽大行進) is held only in a day, early June, Flower Festa (花フェスタ) are held between 5days in mid June, Kaimono Park Festival (買物公園まつり) is held between 2days in late June, Ishikari River Festival (石狩川フェスティバル) is held only in a day, mid July, Nagayama Tonden Festival (永山屯田まつり) is held between 2days in late July, Asahikawa Summer Festival (旭川夏まつり), Asahikawa Sanroku Festival (あさひかわさんろく祭り) and Ramen Festival (ラーメンフェスティバル) are held between 3days in early August, Ginza Tanabata Festival (銀座七夕まつり) is held between 6days in early August, Fireworks Display in KAGURA (花火 in KAGURA) is held only in a day, mid August, Kotan Festival (こたんまつり) is held on autumn equinox holiday (Sep 23 or 24), and Grace of North TabeMarche (北の恵み 食べマルシェ) are held between 3days in late September.
High Speed Asahikawa-go (高速あさひかわ号) and Express Nayoro-go (高速なよろ号), express buses, runs between the Asahikawa and the Sapporo, and Taisetsu Liner (たいせつライナー), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and the New Chitose Airport, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Kushiro, and Limited Express Sekihoku-go (特急石北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and Asahikawa, and "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)", an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and Obihiro. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Asahikawa Station and Asahikawa Airport.
List of Tourist Attractions
Speaking of the most famous tourist attraction in the Asahikawa, the Asahiyama Zoo is the first to be pointed out. Because 5.8 million tourists visit the Asahikawa, and 1.5 million people visit the Asahikawa for the purpose of the Asahiyama Zoo, I understand that the Asahiyama Zoo has extensive authority. Except the zoo, beautiful sceneries can be seen at the Ueno Farm, the Shujitsu-no-Oka Hills, the Kamuikotan and Asahikawa Kitasaito Garden (あさひかわ北彩都ガーデン). As for an art museum or a museum, Snow Crystal Museum (雪の美術館), Ayako Miura Literature Museum (三浦綾子記念文学館), Yasushi Inoue Literary Museum (井上靖記念館), Otokoyama Sake Brewery (男山酒造), Asahikawa Science Museum Saiparu (旭川市科学館サイパル), Asahikawa Museum of Sculpture (旭川市彫刻美術館) are famous. In Otokoyama Nature Park (男山自然公園), Dogtooth Violet can be enjoyed in a spring, and Tokiwa Park (常磐公園), Kaguraoka Park (神楽岡公園) and Asahiyama Park (旭山公園) are famous good places to see cherry blossoms in the Asahikawa. In the summer, Rice Paddy Art can be viewed, and fall foliage can be enjoyed in the Kamuikotan, the Shujitsu-no-Oka Hills, the Tokiwa Park, the Kaguraoka Park and the Asahiyama Park in an autumn. My visited places are as follows.
Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園物語) is a zoo in the eastern part of Asahikawa city, and is well-known as the northernmost zoo in Japan, and has the 4th largest visitors after Ueno Zoo (上野動物園), Higashiyama Zoo (東山動物園) and Tenoji Zoo (天王寺動物園) in the Japan, and about 1,400,000 people visit here. A lot of tourists come from oversea countries such as Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as all over the Japan, too. The Asahiyama Zoo originally used to be a loss-making zoo, but they changed ways of exhibitions. One is "Action exhibitions to show original wild life of animals", and other is "Mixed exhibitions to let animals of different types coexist in a near‐natural environment". "Asahiyama Zoo Story -Penguins fly in the sky- (旭山動物園物語 ペンギンが空を飛ぶ)" was broadcasted on a movie and a tv, and the Asahiyama Zoo became one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hokkaido. About 150 types of 750 animals are bred at present. Read More
Ueno Farm (上野ファーム) is a popular farm garden in Nagayama located in the northeastern part of Asahikawa city, and has been a farmer since 1906. Ms. Sayuki Ueno (上野砂由紀), a gardener, made a Hokkaido-style garden suited for climate and natural features of Hokkaido as the foundation for an English-style garden at their site and the garden has been opened to public since 2001. More than 2,000 types of flowering plants are planted at about 1.3 ha of the site, and visitors can enjoy various flowers from a spring to an autumn. Open period is from late April to mid October. Admission fee is JPY 800. A parking lot is free of charge. NAYA cafe is built at the site, and opens a business through the year. Read More
Shujitsu-no-Oka Hills (就実の丘) is a hilly country in Nishikagura located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city, and is close to Asahikawa Airport, and the distance is far away from here to downtown of the Asahikawa. Here is famous for beautiful sceneries of Tokachidake Mountain Range (十勝岳連峰) and fields from the hill at about 360 above sea level, and it was named by Mr. Osamu Hiyama (檜山修), a local photographer. Visitors can shoot photograph the good scenery with an airplane, too. The beautiful views are used as a shooting place for CM and Japanese Television Drama "Love and Farm" and "Galileo". A road to the Shujitsu-no-Oka Hills called a roller coaster road is famous, too. Starry sky and fall foliage are beautiful, too. Read More
Arashiyama Observation Deck
Arashiyama Observation Deck (嵐山展望台) is a viewing platform built in 1965 in Etanbetu cho located in the northwestern part of Asahikawa city, and is close to Asahikawa Takasu Junction (旭川鷹栖ジャンクション). Two-story observatory deck is built at about 250 m above sea level on Mt. Arashiyama, and visitors can view a townscape of the Asahikawa, and here is well-known as a famous place to see a night view, too. The Mt. Arashiyama was named after a view from Mt. Arashiyama like a view from Mt. Arashiyama in Kyoto. This place is famous as a haunted place, too. Arashiyama Park Center (嵐山公園センター) and Northern Wild Plants Garden (北邦野草園) are near here. A gravel path for width of one car leads to the observation deck, Drive carefully. The visitors can go up the Mt. Arashiyama for about 20 - 30 minutes from the Northern Wild Plants Garden to the Arashiyama Observation Deck. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. The viewing platform is closed in a winter. Read More
Kamuikotan (神居古潭) is a picturesque scenery in the southwestern part of Asahikawa city, and the Asahikawa city keeps former Kamuikotan Station as a park between Fukagawa City and the Asahikawa city. A combination of meandering and rocks is beautiful scenery, and here is well-known as a good place to see fall foliage and a haunted place, too. There are Kamui Rocks (神居岩), Kamui Bridge (神居大橋), Steam Locomotives, the former Kamuikotan Station (旧神居古潭駅舎), a cycle track, a monument in memory of Takeko Kujo (九条武子), Minamiyama Shoten (南山商店), 2 parking lots and a public restroom in the site. Visitors can go up the Kamui Rocks with 233 m in height, too. It takes about 30-60 minutes on foot. Kotan Festival (こたんまつり) is held on autumn equinox holiday (Sep 23 or 24). Admission free. The parking lots are free of charge. By the way, Kamuikotan Pit Dwellings Ruins (神居古潭竪穴住居遺跡) is near here, too. Read More
Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum
Otokoyama Sake Brewery (男山株式会社) is a sake brewing maker in Nagayama located in the northeastern part of Asahikawa city, and Otokoyama Junmai Daiginjoshu (男山 純米大吟醸) has been given the gold medal by Monde Selection for about 40 years ago, and the sake brewing maker is one of most famous sake brewing makers in Hokkaido. They have opened a business since 1899 in the Asahikawa. Although this building is a sake brewing factory making and selling various types of Sake, it has Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum (男山酒造り資料館) and Front Garden, so it is popular tourist attractions with tourists. About 200,000 people visit here. In front of the sake brewing factory, the visitors can drink water used as sake freely, and can take a walk through the beautiful Japanese‐style garden. At the building, the visitors can observe the history of the sake brewing, and can sample the sake that won in the world international contests freely. Sake Event "Sakagura Kaiho (酒蔵開放)" is held on the 2nd Sunday of Feburary, and about 10,000 people come here. Read More
Rice Paddy Art
Rice Paddy Art (田んぼアート) is a art work that a rice field is used to resemble a canvas in Higashitakasu located in the northeastern part of Asahikawa city, and has been started since 2006. It is one of the Rice Paddy Arts held in about 20 places in Japan. A observation deck is built at the site of JA Taisetsu Agricultural Cooperative (JAたいせつ農業組合), and visitors can enter it. There are the observation deck, a shop and a restroom at the site. The best time to see it is from mid July to mid August. Rice Paddy Art Festival is held on Saturday in mid August, too. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. Read More
Cherry Blossoms of Asahiyama Park
Asahiyama Park (旭山公園) is a park at Mt. Asahiyama with 295 m in height in the eastern part of Asahikawa city. There are famous Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園), Asahiyama Miura Garden (旭山三浦庭園) asn Asahiyama Snow Village at the site, too. In a spring, cherry blossoms and blossoms of dogtooth violet can be enjoyed, and hiking can be enjoyed in a summer, and fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and snow activities can be enjoyed in a winter, so Asahikawa people enjoy those every season, and relax themselves. Especially, the Asahiyama Park is well-known as a good place to see the cherry blossoms, and about 2,300 Yezo Mountain Cherry Tress (エゾヤマザクラ) are bloom. The best time to see it is from late April to early May. Asahiyama Park Night Cherry Blossoms Festival (旭山公園夜桜まつり) is held between 6days in early May. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. There are public restrooms and a store at the site. Read More
Red Brick Warehouses
The Asahikawa has prospered as an important city of North Hokkaido since the old days. Armed forces and the railroad were based in the Asahikawa, and it modernized the industry. Red brick warehouses (赤レンガ倉庫群) built about in 1900 are one of those. Old Japan National Railways Asahikawa railyard and old distillation columns of Godo Shusei have been located at the present site.
Atmosphere of Red Bricks Warehouses Can Be Watched on Youtube.
List of Tasty Foods
The Asahikawa is famous for the ramen, but it is not the only local dish in the Asahikawa. In the Asahikawa, agriculture such as rice and pig farming are prosperous. Especially, pigs are the largest production in the Hokkaido. The Broiled Salty Pig Innards, the Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl, Soy Sauce Broth Yakisoba (醤油やきそば), Soy Sauce Taste Pork Rice Bowl and the Jun Dog are famous, too. As for the popular restaurants, the Unagi Kadowaki is given 1-star by Michelin Hokkaido, and the Kitchen Casket, the Sushi Minato, the Sumibi Yakitori, the Hachiya 5-jo Branch, the Horokanai Densho Handemade Soba Seiichi and the Ramen Yotsuba are given bib gourmand by the Michelin Hokkaido, and Ichikura Head Office (一蔵本店), Ichizuya (一途屋), Okada Kosetsutei (おかだ紅雪庭), Osteria Kimihiro (オステリア 仁泰), RESTAURANT Honnete (オネット), Onoki (小野木), Curry-ya Simba (カレー屋 シンバ), Kushiage Taro (串あげ 太郎), Santoka Head Office (山頭火本店), Shikisai Hazuki (四季彩 葉月), Sukiyaki Sankosha (すき焼き 三光舎), Handmade Soba Sobakiri Sazen (手打蕎麦処 蕎麦切り 左膳), 2Plats (ドゥプラ), Baikoken Head Office (梅光軒本店), Le bistro Melanger (ル ビストロ メランジェ), Robata Machiya (炉端 町家), Wasanjo Kataoka (和三條 かた岡) and Washoku-teien Koshiro (和食庭園 小城) are given Michelin Plate. Except those, Jingisukan Daikokuya (成吉思汗 大黒屋), Dokushaku Sanshiro (独酌 三四郎), Baba Hormone (馬場ホルモン) and Yakitori-senmon Ginneko (焼鳥専門 ぎんねこ) are popular in particular. My visited restaurants are as follows.
Speaking of the ramen in the Asahkawa, Soy Sause Broth Ramen is staple ramen. As for the Asahikawa ramen, soy sauce broth is put into soup broth made from double-soup (ダブルスープ) such as seafood broth, pork bone broth and chicken bone broth, and medium thickness curled noodles are used. It features that lard floats on the surface of the soup. About 400 restaurants seem to serve the ramen around the Asahikawa. Ramen Tenkin 4jo Branch (らーめん天金四条店), Asahikawa Ramen Aoba Head Office (旭川らぅめん青葉本店), Jinger Ramen Mizuno (生姜ラーメンみづの), Ramen-senmon Tsuruya (ラーメン専門 つるや), Hachiya (蜂屋), Ajitoku (味特), Ramen Furuki (ラーメンふるき), Himawari Taisetsu-dori Branch (ひまわり 大雪通店), New Homerun (ニューホームラン) and Yoshino Head Office (よし乃本店) are popular in particular. Santoka (山頭火) and Baikoken (梅光軒) advance overseas, and are popular with a lot of oversans fans. In addition, Asahikawa Ramen Village (あさひかわラーメン村) that 8 ramen restaurants open a business is popular with tourists to eat the Asahikawa ramen effectively. My visited restaurants are as follows.
Ramen Sugawara Head Office
Ramen Sugawara Head Office (ラーメンすがわら本店) is a long-established ramen restraunt along Asahikawa shopping street and was founded in 1974. There is a building near the Asahikawa city hall. I visited here around 19:00 on Sunday. There were 5 groups of visitors at the restraunt. The ramen restraunt is so large and family customers seem to enjoy. Read More
Tsuruya (つるや) is a famous ramen restaurant near Asahikawa-Yojo Station, and was founded in 1972. They won the 2nd Asahikawa Ramen Grand Prize (第2回北海道経済旭川ラーメン大賞) held by Hokkaido economy and are a very popular ramen restaurant. By the way, their miso broth ramen (味噌ラーメン) seemed to win the award at that time. Therefore many visitors order miso broth ramen with vegetables (野菜味噌ラーメン). When I visited here around 11:00, there were approximately 5 groups of preceding visitors, several people ordered the miso vegetables ramen. Read More
New Home Run
New Home Run (ニューホームラン) is a ramen resuraun in Toyooka, Asahikawa city, and has a history of about 40 years. The second owner that is 77 years old runs the ramen restraunt. The ramen restraunt has a good old atmosphere, and I would often visit here if I was a student. In fact, some Asahikawa Ryukoku Senior High School (旭川龍谷高校) students come. Read More
Himawari Head Office
Himawari head office (ひまわり本店) is a ramen restaurant in Parupu-cho, Asahikawa city, and was founded in 1981. There is a restaurant on the first floor of an apartment. Because I heard from my friend that tasty ramen was topped with broiled pig innards, I visited here around 13:30 on Sunday. The ramen restraunt was not so large. Fortunately, I took a table with sharing the table, but it seems to form a line at lunchtime. As for people visiting after me, approximately 5 groups of visitors waited in their car. But there are some tables, so family customers seem to enjoy. Read More
Furuki (ふるき) is a popular ramen restaurant in Midorigaoka, Asahikawa city. There is a building at residential area, a lot of people gathered around only the ramen restaurant. I visited here around 13:30 on weekdays, but there were many preceding visitor. When I asked a waitress, she replied that I must wait for approximately 20 minutes before I enter it. Therefore I finished an order and decided to wait at my car. After asking her about restraunt's recommendation, she replied "Miso Broth Butter Ramen (味噌バターラーメン)". I ordered it and returned to my car. The price was JPY 900. While I was waiting in my car, visitors came one after another. There were many foreigner visitors, too. Read More
Mizuno (みづの) is a popular ramen restaurant near Tokiwa park in Asahikawa city, and is a long-established ramen restaurant founded in 1967, and a building has a traditional atmosphere. I visited here around 17:00 on weekdays. There was no customer. Autographed cards are closely stuck on a wall at the ramen restaurant. There are some tables, so family customers seem to enjoy. Read More
Yoshino Head Office
Yoshino head office (よし乃本店) is a popular ramen restaurant in Toyooka, Asahikawa city, and was founded in 1968. It is known as the ramen restaurant crowded with customers. Speaking of Asahikawa ramen, soy sauce ramen is famous. But it is said that miso broth ramen (味噌ラーメン) is popular. Yoshino have a lot of branches, but I visited the head restaurant around 13:00 on weekdays this time. Many customers went in and out, and restaurant staffs looked busy. It was the miso broth ramen that the customers ordered. Because "Yoshino of the Miso Broth Ramen" was written at the name of the ramen restaurant, I understood that the miso broth ramen was very popular. Read More
Ichikura Head Office
Ichikura head office (一蔵本店) is a ramen restraunt in 3 Jo-dori, Asahikawa city. A building is comparatively near Asahikawa station. It was founded in 1990. The ramen restraunt is famous for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. I guess that the ramen which is made stock with the dried chum salmon produced in Hokkaido in particular is very rare. Read More
Santoka Head Office
Santoka head office (山頭火本店) is a popular ramen restaurant in Asahikawa city. Ab-out, inc. (株式会社アブアウト) runs it and it was founded in 1988. Any place other than Japan, there are some branch offices in United States, Canada, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, too. There is a building of head office near Asahikawa station. I visited here around 17:00 on national holiday. Read More
Aoba Head Office
Aoba Head Office (青葉本店) is a famous long-established ramen restaurant founded in 1947 in Asahikawa. The foundation year is same as Hachiya (蜂屋), famous ramen restaurant, and it is known as one of a root of Asahikawa Ramen. A building faces Midoribashi street (緑橋通り), and is comparatively closer to Asahikawa Station. An orange shop curtain is eye-catching, so it is easy to find it. When I visited here around 15:00 on weekdays, they just opened a business at afternoon business hours, and a lot of visitors already formed a line in front of the ramen restraunt. The ramen restaurant was full just before my turn came. Therefore, I waited in front of the ramen restraunt. Read More
Asahikawa Daikichi Ramen
Asahikawa Daikichi Ramen (旭川大吉ラーメン) is a ramen restaurant in Hokumon-cho, Asahikawa city, and was founded in 1983. I heard from Mrs. Gishi that local people love the ramen restaurant, and I visited here around 17:00 on weekdays. The ramen restraunt had an atmosphere such as just ramen restraunt. There are some tables and family customers seem to enjoy. Read More
Tenkin 4jo Branch
Tenkin 4jo Branch (天金4条店) is a long-established ramen restraunt near Asahikawa shopping street, and was founded in 1952. It is said that Tenkin is a typical Asahikawa ramen restraunt and is popular for local people. Tenkin is a famous Japanese restaurant group that a family line runs Izakaya and a Japanese restraunt in Asahikawa. I visited here around 13:30 on weekdays. The ramen restraunt was almost full. It was popular after all. There are some tables, so family customers seem to enjoy. Read More
Baikohken Head Office
Baikohken head office (梅光軒本店) is a long-established ramen restraunt along Asahikawa heiwa-dori shopping street, and was founded in 1969. There is a building near Asahikawa station. It features the double soup that mixed pork stock with fishery products (kombu and small dried sardine) stock. They won the 1st Asahikawa Ramen Grand Prize that held by Hokkaido economy (第1回北海道経済旭川ラーメン大賞). It is known as very popular ramen restraunt that customers always fomr a long line. I visited here around 17:00 on weekdays. But there were already 5 groups of visitors. Baikohken head office was popular as I expected. Read More
Hachiya Head Office
Hachiya head office (蜂屋本店) is a long-established ramen restaurant near Asahikawa Ginza mall (旭川市銀座商店街), and was founded in 1947, and it has 2 restaurants such as the head office and the establishment branch (創業店). According to Wikipedia, originally Hachiya seemed to be derived in an ice cream shop using the honey. The bee means Hachi in Janapese language. It is not the family name of the founder. In addition, it is interesting that they are the whole family same as Kato ramen. By the way, the foundation year is same as Aoba (青葉), famous ramen restaurant, and it is known as one of a root of Asahikawa Ramen. Read More
Broiled Salty Pig Innards
The pig farming has been prosperous around the Asahikawa since the old days. Because a lot of fresh pig innards are supplied, those become a local speciality dish. It is the Baba Hormone that the local speciality dish was served for the first time. The restraunts serving broiled salty pig innards increase recently. The Baba Hormone and Sumiya (炭や) are popular in particular. My visited restaurants are as follows.
Baba Hormone (馬場ホルモン) is a broiled pig innard bar (ホルモン焼き店) near Asahikawa city office, and was founded in 1952. They served the broiled salty pig innards (塩ホルモン) which was local speciality dish of Asahikawa for the first time. They have a Japanese‐style bar at a building named Himekoji with many Japanese‐style bars. Read More
Jingisukan Daikokuya Head Office (成吉思汗大黒屋本店) is a popular mongolian barbecue (ジンギスカン) restraunt in Asahikawa city, and was founded in 2002. Tender lamb and an atmosphere of a restraunt filled with smoke are popular. I visited the head office around 18:00 on weekdays. Then it had been already stood in line. There were 4 groups of preceding visitors. Indeed, it was popular. Approximately 20 minutes later, my turn had come at last. While waiting, the line became long. However, a waiter suggested the large number of visitors that the large number of people were accepted at a branch near the head office because the head office was not large. By the way, at the branch and the head office, the serving dishes seem to be the same taste. Read More
Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl
The Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl is a rice bowl dish topped with fried squid legs. Some restraunts seem to serve the Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl in the Asahikawa, but it is said that each rice bowls seem to be different originated dishes. Tenyu (天勇) and Hana-chan (花ちゃん) are popular in particular. My visited restaurants are as follows.
Hanachan (花ちゃん) is a noodle stand (立ち食いそば屋) in Kagura, Asahikawa city. There is a shop at Kagura Shopping Center (神楽中央ショッピングセンター). This noodle stand become popular among riders, I heard that Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl (ゲソ丼 * Gesodon) could be eaten, and I visited here. The Fried Squid Leg Rice Bowl is a bowl with rice (どんぶり * Donburi) topped with the fried squid legs and green onions, and they serve 2 types of seasonings (soy sauce or salt sauce). Many restraunts seem to serve the fried squid leg rice bowl in Asahikawa city, but each fried squid leg rice bowl seems to be different dishes. Read More
Pork Rice Bowl
Speaking of the Pork Rice Bowl (豚丼), Obihiro is famous. But Asahikawa has the Pork Rice Bowl, too. It is Sakuratei (さくら亭) that is a long-established restaurant. If the Pork Rice Bowl with salty-sweet flavored is Obihiro style, the Pork Rice Bowl of Asahikawa is soy sauce taste. Seasoning is soy sauce taste as well as the ramen. Read More
JUN DOG (ジュンドッグ) is one of local foods in the Asahikawa, deep-fried foods are wrapped with boiled rice. All Asahikawa people know it, but it is said that people except Asahikawa people do not know it, it is a local food loved by local people. Because I heard from a certain woman who got to know in a study session about JUN DOG, I visited here in the evening and bought a JUN DOG with sausage, a JUN DOG with deep-fried prawn, a JUN DOG with chicken cutlet. The price is JPY 400 per each. With permission of an owner, I decided to eat those at a shop. I had a coffee. Read More
Shinkoyaki (Grilled Half Young Chicken)
Shinkoyaki (新子焼き) is a local dish that is a grilled half youg chicken in the Asahikawa. Shinko (新子) means a young chicken (若鶏) in Japanese. Speaking of a half youg chicken, it remainds me of a deep fried half youg chicken (半身揚げ) of Naruto (なると) in Otaru. This is the grilled half youg chicken, and it seasoned with sauce is Asahikawa style. I visited the Ginneko (ぎんねこ) to eat it. Read More
Ginneko (ぎんねこ) is an izakaya specialize in grilled chicken at an entertainment district in Asahikawa, and was founded in 1950, and is one of the izakaya along 5-7 Koji furarito street (５・７小路ふらりーと). It is famous for eating Asahikawa local dish, Shinkoyaki (新子焼き * Grilled Half Young Chicken). Customers can drink in the afternoon because they open a business at 13:00. 2 groups of the customers had already drunken when I visited here around 15:00. The izakaya is not so large, and many customers can not enter the izakaya. Interior decoration is very shibui. Read More
Chicken Meals Onoki (鶏料理 小野木) is a long-established Japanese restaurant, and was founded in 1922. This restraunt was placed in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. There is a building in Higashi-Asahikawa near Asahiyama zoo (旭山動物園). I heard that the chicken dish named this restraunt was tasty and visited here. Read More
List of Sweets
About 250 sweets confectioneries open a businesses in the Asahikawa. Katoya (かとう屋) with the oldest history in the Hokkaido and The Sun Kuroudo (Theサン蔵人), Tsuboya (壺屋), LHOTEL de KITAKURABU (ロテル・ド・北倶楽部), Etude Confectionery Store (エチュード洋菓子店), long-established confectioneries, are relatively well-known to the Asahikawa people. In addition, Vitamin Castella (ビタミンカステーラ) of Takahashi Confectionery that all Hokkaido people ate once was born in the Asahikawa. Roll Cake Studio Q'LL (ロールケーキ工房Q’LL), The Sun Kuroudo, the Etude Confectionery Store, Fu!! (フゥ!!) and Kitakari Asahikawa Head Office (北かり 旭川本店) are popular in particular. My visited sweets confectioneries are as follows.
Tsuboya (壺屋) is a long-established confectionery store in Asahikawa city, and was founded in 1929. Kibana cookie (き花) reflecting an image of diamond dust is famous. The kibana cookie has been awarding 'Gold Prize' by Monde Selection for 27 consecutive years. That is great! Such Tsuboya opened Kibana-no-Mori in 2014. There are a factory, a cafe, a craft shop, a flower shop at a building, and a courtyard is constructed, too. Read More
Roll Cake Studio Q'LL (ロールケーキ工房クルル) is a store specialized in swiss roll cakes in Toyooka, Asahikawa city, and was founded in 2009. There is a building at a residential area. I heard that Q'LL was very popular for person loving swiss roll cakes, and I visited here. Read More
The Sun Kuroudo
The Sun Kuroudo (The Sun 蔵人) is a popular confectionery store run by Robakashitukasa (ロバ菓子司), a long-established confectionery company, in Kaguraoka, Asahikawa city. Appearance of a building along a plane tree street is a stylish and got many prizes. Read More
Etude Confectionery Store
Etude Confectionery Store (エチュード洋菓子店) is in Asahimachi, Asahikawa city, and was founded in 1984. Baked sweets such as Asahikawa Souffle (旭川スフレ) and Tenshi-no-Hohoemi Cheese Tart (天使のほほえみ) are known, but no matter what, Ohirune Pudding (ひよこのお昼ねプリン * Baby Chick's Lunchtime Nap Pudding) is very famous. It got the first place in "Pudding Palace 2006". Raw materials are an egg produced in Higashi-Asahikawa and milk produced in Okhotsk area. Visitors can enjoy Hokkaido taste. I purchased it immediately. The price was JPY 310. Because there was not a place for customers to enjoy foods at the store, I decided to return to my car and to eat it. Read More
LHOTEL de KITAKURABU
LHOTEL de KITAKURABU head office (ロテル・ド・北倶楽部本店) is a confectionery store run by Robakashitsukasa (ロバ菓子司), long-established confectionery, in Kamitokiwa-cho, Asahikawa city, and started a business in 1989. A concept of making up stores seem to be a North European hotel. There were recommended sweets including Golden Fresh Sable (金の生サブレ), New York Cheesecake (ニューヨークチーズケーキ) and so on, because I was full, I purchased only a kind of sweets. It was Cornet (コルネット). The cake has been sold since they started their business, and the price was reasonable, too. The cornet was JPY 115 per one. Read More
List of Onsen
As for the Onsen, there are few onsen in the Asahikawa. But the Asahikawa has the Tatsu-no-Yu Onsen and the 21st century Mori-no-Yu loved only by onsen experts. My visited place is as follows.
21th Century Mori-no-Yu
21th Century Woods (21世紀の森) is a forest park in the eastern part of Asahikawa city, and has opened as the Asahikawa resident's place for relaxation and refreshment since 1985. It is far away from the center of the Asahikawa, and is close to Biei and Higashikagura. Lands around Lake Pepan (ペーパン湖) are roughly divided into 5 zones, Residential Workshop Zone (宿泊研修ゾーン), Creek Interacting Open Space (せせらぎ交流広場), Mutual Friendship Open Space (ふれあい広場), Family Zone (ファミリーゾーン), Niipe(21) Woods Nature-Based Experience Zone (ニイペの森 自然体験ゾーン), and Mori-no-Yu (森の湯) is at the Family Zone. A lot of campers use here, the Mori-no-Yu is a popular bathing facility for free. Read More
List of Events
Various events such as the events using the tasty foods or using snow are held from the spring to the winter.
Asahikawa Winter Festival
Asahikawa Winter Festival is a snow event held in Asahikawa city, and has been held since 1960. The snow event that about 1 million tourists come to see is one of the 2 major winter festivals in Hokkaido together with Sapporo Snow Festival. Open period is from 4 to 6 days in early February. Asahikawa Winter Festival has 2 venues, Asahibashi Bridge Venue (旭橋河畔会場) and Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue (平和通買物公園会場), and those are different from those atmospheres. As for the Asahibashi Bridge Venue adjacent to Tokiwa Park (常磐公園), it features a gigantic snow sculpture, and World Ice Sculpture Contest (氷彫刻世界大会) is held at the Heiwadori Shopping Park Venue, and fine ice sculptur works are displayed. In the daytime, snow sculptures look only white, but those turn into colourful themselves according to illumination or projection mapping in the evening. By the way, the Asahikawa is too cold in the February, so you had better wear a warm outfit. Especially, you had better wear a warm outfit carefully in the evening. Read More
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Asahikawa. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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