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

July 7th, 2016

Kamuikotan

Kamuikotan (神居古潭) is a picturesque scenery in the southwestern 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

A direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Kamuikotan. But 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.

List of Highway Bus

Refer to following companies for the highway bus service between the Asahikawa and the Sapporo, the New Chitose Airport, the Kitami, the Obihiro and the Kushiro.

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
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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
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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

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. Article is here

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.

Minamiyama Shoten
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Perilla Juice "Kotansodachi"
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
1 Cup Per JPY 100
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
She Pour Perilla Juice into Cup
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Perilla Juice
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa
Good Purple Color
Kamuikotan in Asahikawa

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.

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Fukagawa

Irumu-no-Oka Youth Hostel(イルムの丘ユースホステル)
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Rakuten
Fpasio(エフパシオ)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Neipal Fukagawa(ネイパル深川)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Ikyuya Ryokan(一休夜旅館)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Irumukan(イルム館)
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Jalan
Rakuten
Okashita Ryokan(おかした旅館)
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Rakuten
Hinodeya Ryokan(日の出屋旅館)
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Rakuten
Plaza Hotel Itakura(プラザホテル板倉)

Whole 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)
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Hotel Liberte Asahikawa(ホテルリベルテ旭川)
Hotel Mates Asahikawa(ホテルメイツ旭川)
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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)
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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)
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Toyoko Inn Asahikawa Ekimae Ichijodori(東横イン旭川駅前一条通)
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Hotel Penthouse Asahikawa(ホテルペントハウス旭川)
HP
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Asahikawa Capital Hotel(旭川キャピタルホテル)
HP
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Business Hotel Asuka(ビジネスホテル飛鳥)
HP
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Ryokan Fujien(旅館 不二苑)
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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)
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Ryotei Yukinoya(旅亭 雪の屋)
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Jalan
Ospa Court Miyamae(オスパーコート宮前)
HP
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Ryokan Tsuji(旅館 つじ)
HP
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Toukaen(東花苑)
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Jalan
HOTEL KANDA(ホテル カンダ)
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Platon Hotel(プラトンホテル)
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Guest House Ito(ゲストハウス 伊東)
HP
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Jalan
Tabi-no-Yado Patchwork(旅の宿パッチワーク)
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Jalan
Tatsu-no-Yu Onsen(龍乃湯温泉)
HP
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Yumin Backpackers(遊民バックパッカーズ)
Jalan
Rakuten
M's HOME(えむずや)
HP
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Asahikawa is here

Asahikawa

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