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[Kamuikotan in Asahikawa] Good Place to See Fall Foliage That Violent and Resistant God Used to Live

Kamuikotan

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.

Kamuikotan
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Kamui Bridge
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Ishikari River and Fall Foliage
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa

Movie of Kamuikotan Festival

Movie of Kotan Festival

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 Means of Transportation

    Highway buses run between the Asahikawa and the Sapporo, the New Chitose Airport, the Kitami, the Obihiro and the Kushiro. Refer to following the means of the transportation in the Asahikawa. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Asahikawa
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Asahikawa to Sapporo
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Asahikawa to Sapporo
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Asahikawa
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Asahikawa Denki Kido(旭川電気軌道) From New Chitose Airport to Asahikawa
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Asahikawa Denki Kido(旭川電気軌道) From Asahikawa to New Chitose Airport
    Jalan
    Rakuten
    Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Asahikawa to Kitami
    Hokkaido Kitami Bus(北海道北見バス) From Kitami to Asahikawa
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Asahikawa to Obihiro
    Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Asahikawa
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Asahikawa to Kushiro
    Akan Bus(阿寒バス) From Kushiro to Asahikawa
    Nippon Rent-a-car(ニッポンレンタカー) Their offices are near Asahikawa Station, Shin-asahikawa Station and Asahikawa Airport.
    Times Car Rental(タイムズカーレンタル) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
    Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station, Asahikawa-yojo Station, Chuwa, Higashi-takasu and the Asahikawa Airport.
    Jalan
    Nissan Rent-a-car(日産レンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
    Orix Rent-a-car(オリックスレンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
    Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their office is near the Asahikawa Station.
    Budget Rent-a-car(バジェットレンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa Station and the Asahikawa Airport.
    AG Rent-a-car(AGレンタカー) Their office is near Suehiro.
    Jalan
    World Net Rent-a-car(ワールドネットレンタカー) Their office is near the Asahikawa Airport.
    Nico Nico Rent-a-car(ニコニコレンタカー) Their offices are near the Asahikawa-yojo Station and the Asahikawa Airport.

    ASAHIKAWA

    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. Read More

    Downtown of Asahikawa
    ASAHIKAWA

    Look of Park

    Originally this place is famous as a sacred place for Ainu people, and the Kamuikotan means "God lives" in Ainu language. Kamuikotan Ninne Kamui (カムイコタンニッネカムイ * violent and resistant god) lived here in Ainu period, and watned to destroy the Ainu people once, but he was brought down by Samaikuru (サマイクル * guardian deity). Because there were a lot of strangely shaped rocks and mysterious stones, and here was a difficult spot for crusing, the Kamuikotan was called a village of violent and resistant god. A view of Kamui Bridge across Ishikari River is very nice.

    Kamui Bridge
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
    Only 100 People Cross Kamui Bridge At A Time
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
    Kamuiiwa Rock
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
    Ishikari River
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
    Paramoi Means Wide Bay in English
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa

    The Steam Locomotives were displayed when I crossed the bridge, and there was the former Kamuikotan Station, and a cycling course was built on old tracks. The Kamuikotan Station was built in 1901, and has been designated as a cultural property since 1991. Everbody can enter freely. By the way, the cycling course was closed to traffic because of a landslide, and Unfortunately I could not come close to the Steam Locomotives.

    Cycling Course
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
    Former Kamuikotan Station
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
    Steam Locomotive
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
    Steam Locomotive
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
    Ishikari River
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa

    The Minamiyama Shoten is near the Kamui Bridge, and they sell a perilla juice as a local speciality of Kamuikotan. The price is JPY 100 per cup. It was a good old taste like Ume Gum and the sour was comfortable in a hot summer.

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    The Kamuikotan is famous as a good place to see the fall foliage, too. Rugged rocks along the Ishikari River go well with the fall foliage. The best time to see it is from early October to late October.

    Kamuikotan with Fall Foliage
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
    Kamui Bridge and Fall Foliage
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
    Former Kamuikotan Station
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
    Kamuiiwa Rock and Fall Foliage
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
    Ishikari River and Fall Foliage
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
    Ishikari River and Fall Foliage
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
    Former Platform and Fall Foliage
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
    Steam Locomotive and Fall Foliage
    Kamuikotan in Asahikawa

    Atmosphere of Kamuikotan Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Kamuikotan

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is provided (7 cars)
    Business hour Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Winter season
    Telephone number +81-166-23-0090
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 655 519 527*34

    List of Accommodations

    Refer to following websites for the accommodations around the Kamuikotan. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

    Fukagawa

      Irumu-no-Oka Youth Hostel(イルムの丘ユースホステル)
      Booking
      Rakuten
      Fpasio(エフパシオ)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Neipal Fukagawa(ネイパル深川)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Ikyuya Ryokan(一休夜旅館)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Irumukan(イルム館)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Okashita Ryokan(おかした旅館)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      Hinodeya Ryokan(日の出屋旅館)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten
      La Campagne Hotel Fukagawa(ラ・カンパーニュ ホテル深川)
      Booking
      Mabu Automobile Campsite(まあぶオートキャンプ場)
      Booking
      Jalan
      Rakuten

      Asahikawa

          Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa(ホテルWBFグランデ旭川)
          JR Inn Asahikawa(JRイン旭川)
          Hoshino Resorts OMO7 Asahikawa(星野リゾート OMO7 旭川)
          Jalan
          Premier Hotel -CABIN- Asahikawa(プレミアホテル―CABIN―旭川)
          Hotel Trend Asahikawa(ホテルトレンド旭川)
          Super Hotel Asahikawa(スーパーホテル旭川 天然温泉 大雪山の湯)
          Asahikawa Toyo Hotel(旭川トーヨーホテル)
          R Hotels Inn Hokkaido Asahikawa(Rホテルズイン北海道旭川)
          Jalan
          Hotel Route Inn Grand Asahikawa Ekimae(ホテルルートインGrand旭川駅前)
          Smile Hotel Asahikawa(スマイルホテル旭川)
          Hotel Crescent Asahikawa(ホテルクレッセント旭川)
          Y's Hotel Asahikawa Ekimae(Y’s HOTEL旭川駅前)
          Kuretake Inn Asahikawa(くれたけイン旭川)
          Art Hotel Asahikawa(アートホテル旭川)
          Dormy Inn Asahikawa(天然温泉 神威の湯 ドーミーイン旭川)
          9C Hotel Asahikawa(9Cホテル旭川)
          Booking
          Hotel Liberte Asahikawa(ホテルリベルテ旭川)
          Hotel Mates Asahikawa(ホテルメイツ旭川)
          Booking
          Court Hotel Asahikawa(コートホテル旭川)
          Asahikawa Park Hotel(旭川パークホテル)
          Asahikawa Plaza Hotel(旭川プラザホテル)
          Asahikawa Sun Hotel(旭川サンホテル)
          Toyoko Inn Asahikawa-Eki Higashiguchi(東横イン旭川駅東口)
          Booking
          Asahikawa Mongoru-mura(旭川モンゴル村)
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          Guest House Asahikawa Ride(ゲストハウス アサヒカワライド)
          Hotel Tetora Asahikawa Station(ホテルテトラ旭川駅前)
          Sora E Hotel Asahikawa(ソラヘホテル)
          Jalan
          Hotel Route-Inn Asahikawa Ekimae Ichijodori(ルートイン旭川駅前一条通)
          Yado Retro House Ginza Asahikawa(宿レトロハウス銀座旭川)
          Jalan
          Toyoko Inn Asahikawa Ekimae Ichijodori(東横イン旭川駅前一条通)
          Booking
          Hotel Penthouse Asahikawa(ホテルペントハウス旭川)
          HP
          Jalan
          Asahikawa Capital Hotel(旭川キャピタルホテル)
          HP
          Booking
          Business Hotel Asuka(ビジネスホテル飛鳥)
          HP
          Booking
          Ryokan Fujien(旅館 不二苑)
          Booking
          Ryokan Senshoen(和風旅館扇松園)
          Takasago Onsen(高砂温泉)
          A-Gate Hotel(えーげーと ほてる)
          Booking
          Ryotei Yukinoya(旅亭 雪の屋)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Ospa Court Miyamae(オスパーコート宮前)
          HP
          Booking
          Ryokan Tsuji(旅館 つじ)
          HP
          Booking
          Jalan
          Toukaen(東花苑)
          Booking
          Jalan
          HOTEL KANDA(ホテル カンダ)
          Booking
          Platon Hotel(プラトンホテル)
          HP
          Booking
          Guest House Ito(ゲストハウス 伊東)
          HP
          Booking
          Jalan
          Tabi-no-Yado Patchwork(旅の宿パッチワーク)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Tatsu-no-Yu Onsen(龍乃湯温泉)
          HP
          Booking
          Yumin Backpackers(遊民バックパッカーズ)
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          M's HOME(えむずや)
          HP
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          21th Century Woods(21世紀の森)
          Booking
          Jalan
          Rakuten
          Booking.com

          A page of Asahikawa is here

          Asahikawa

          A page of Hokkaido Fall Foliage is here

          Hokkaido Fall Foliage

          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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