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Zoo with a range of animals including penguins and polar bears, known for the penguin walk and close animal encounters, set amidst dining options and scenic views.
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  • Nomad03097643061
    5 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must go to place . In fact those who go to Asahikawa would most likely make this place choice number one .

    It is a place that I get to see animals in their closest range . I spent a good 3 hours and with the lovely weather ( after a drizzle ) at 18 deg temperature on a cloudy day , it makes my zoo visit a very comfortable one .

    I must add it is educational too , but only if one can read the Japanese explanation on the boards . Its target is the school children for their understanding of wild life and the animals’ characteristics and survival instincts .
    Written 1 July 2024
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  • zhuhai2007
    Christchurch, New Zealand52,385 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    One of the most beautiful gardens I have visited in Hokkaido. Amazing colour even in autumn. We were lucky enough to meet the charming garden designer & owner, Sayuki Ueno, who studied in England so this is much more like an English woodland garden than a Japanese garden. The White birch walk, “gnome garden “, mother’s garden”, etc all were full of interesting perennials. It covers a large area so be prepared to spend at least 90 minutes. The gift shop is very cute & there is also a cafe.
    Written 9 October 2023
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  • Keith
    Singapore, Singapore1,212 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice and new mall just next to hotel I’m staying in . There’s a nice food court, which has a stall that surprisingly serve fantastic shio ramen. Some cafes and supermarkets which were nice too .
    Written 4 August 2019
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  • Quang Kiet Le
    Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam967 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not really a "village", but still quite interesting to explore. About ~10 restaurants with many kinds of ramen to choose from.
    Written 1 May 2024
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  • J&S_Singapore
    Singapore, Singapore5,307 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Being the 2nd largest City just after Sapporo, a trip here is a must.
    We took the JR Harumi timed at 9am and reached promptly after 1 hr 25 mins of Rapid Service. First impression is the modern spacious area, spanking clean against the woody theme. Not too many passenger traffic (unlike Hakata, Osaka, Kyoto etc) which meant a slower pace for us to chill!
    Apart from its spanking new interior, the station complex boasts various facilities such as a post office, souvenir shops, a tourist information center and even art galleries (yes)
    We dropped by the Tourism and Local Products Information Center located near the south exit. We asked for more specific directions and they were prompt and helpful. There is even a shopping area beside with local specialty. Wifey even bought at 9000 Yen Ainu-themed bag! There is also an entire rack of brochures and information dedicated to travel in Asahikawa and the whole of Hokkaido
    The station connects direct to the main shopping street, Heiwa Shopping Street at one side and the AEON mall is within it. Shopping and meals are thus non-issue. We spent some time moving round the large but not fully occupied station, there are Local furniture's of bench, tables & chairs available for resting.
    On the southern side it is faced with a mid-size nature (of trees and the Kagami pond). We walked from this side to the Asahikawa City Museum.

    Love this station, will come again in our next Hokkaido trip.
    Written 31 October 2023
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  • Ben D
    Melbourne, Australia54 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A little small, but good for kids. Everything is interactive and there are sooo many staff around. They will come up to you to guide you through things.
    Be aware that everything is in Japanese, no English, but that won't stop the kids from enjoying themselves.
    Be aware that it is closed on Mondays.
    If you get there at around 3pm, you can go up to the main telescope at 4pm. It is free and open from 4-5pm separate to the main exhibition area. During winter it's still dark at that time and they'll aim it at planets. If it's daytime they can do solar observing. Asahikawa can be very cloudy, so it's a roll of the dice.
    The planetarium is worth a visit (extra charge) but be aware it's all in Japanese.
    Only thing stopping giving it 5 stars is the lack of English and that it's a bit small.
    Written 24 December 2022
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  • J&S_Singapore
    Singapore, Singapore5,307 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum is on the southern side of the JR station. We walked along the bridge for an approx. 1.2 km to reach it. Cool weather autumn is ok stroll.
    Not too conspicuous from the exterior and one may even miss it. We paid 300 Yen and entered via the first-floor exhibition room, not many visitors then.
    The Museum showcases the history, culture, and nature of northern Hokkaido, including Asahikawa City & the nearby area (Daisetsuzan National Park). There were many exhibits bat unfortunately the explanation are majority in Japanese.

    From here we walked the staircase down to the first basement floor which showcases the ecosystem of the region; the various animals, plants, and people all surviving the extreme cold of Asahikawa winter. There are also rooms displaying large numbers of Ainu culture and various other related materials. As we have been to 国立アイヌ民族博物館 last Oct these are refresh explanations and allow us better appreciation. The museum also displays a reconstructed traditional Ainu dwelling, giving a glimpse into the past living of Hokkaido’s earliest inhabitants. There are also more contemporarily exhibits of the Showa period, right up to WW2.

    It was quiet when we visited here on a Monday afternoon, but as we were browsing through the souvenir shops near the exist a group of (Korean) tourists arrived. And the area was made lively!
    Definitely worth a visit when you are nearby
    Written 4 November 2023
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  • Hsien-Hui T
    Singapore, Singapore150 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Its a relatively small place which can easily be covered in 30 mins max (including tasting). I can imagine that it would be more interesting when the sake is actually being made but if you go at the wrong season, all you will see are idle machines. The tasting is generous but I would recommend you pay to taste the premium sakes at a 100 yen per tasting.
    Written 13 May 2023
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  • ConeHeadToronto
    Toronto21 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We thought we missed the lavender blooming season but to our surprise we were able to catch the flower blooming of other kinds at the farm even at late Sept and it was beautiful.. Driving is very easy and safe. Beautiful rolling hill view along the road
    Written 11 October 2019
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  • J&S_Singapore
    Singapore, Singapore5,307 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A first stop for our day trip here at Asahikawa, to this ranked Top 100 Most Beautiful City Parks. Tokiwa Park in Asahikawa envelops visitors with its spacious and serenity. WE have entered near the pond and can definitely sense the calm feeling. Willows along the shore dip their drooping branches into the stillness of the water. The water is not too murky and we can see fishes (koi?) swimming in the shallows. There are also ducks gliding above them along the surface, not to mention the birds chirping away..
    At one corner there is the Stature of Michitoshi and the Kamikawa shrine build on a small enclosed 'island' within the pond. Walk the tree-lined paths and admire various sculptures throughout the park creating the appearance and functionality of an open-air art museum. And the Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, is just within the park, but we did not go..

    We have been through other similarly sized Japanese Koen but Toiwa offers the spacious and tranquility unlike others. From here we just walked over to Asahi Bridge which is just within minutes.
    Written 2 November 2023
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  • IThkg
    Hong Kong, China34 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    We heard about this from a Japanese couple who said it had been the highlight of their trip so far. It wasn't the highlight for us, but it made an interesting side-trip from Hirosaki, and we hadn't heard about it before.
    We got the details on how to get there from the tourist information office in Hirosaki. We took a train to Inakadate station, then a public bus.
    You pay to go up the viewing tower - at road level it's hard to appreciate the full extent of the work in the ride paddies.
    A free shuttle bus (we were the only 2 on board) took us to the second site, where again you pay to go up to the viewing platform.It seemed a bit expensive (I think it was about Y600 each) to have to pay again, but I guess a lot of work went into making the designs.
    From here, a 50-metre walk takes you to the Tambato train station. There's a shelter on the short platform and nothing else - you pay when you get off the train at Hirosaki.
    Written 25 August 2016
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  • Chuzaa
    Vancouver, Canada3,485 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a small private literature museum to commemorate the life and works of Ayako Miura and her husband. It is well-maintained and run by local volunteers who adore Miura's works.

    She has written over eighty novels and non-fiction works in the second half of the 20th century. The debut novel was "Freezing Point (Hyouten)" in 1965 (English version in 1986). Some other novels translated into English include: "Shiokari Pass (Shiokari Touge)" in 1968 (English version in 1974), "Hidden Ranges (Kairei)" in 1981 (English version in 1993), "Lady Gracia (Hosokawa Garasha)" in 1975 (English version in 2004).

    Many of her works are also translated into Chinese, Korean, French, Indonesian, etc.

    Almost all her works are Christian-based.

    If you have read her works before, it is definitely worth visiting this museum. Of course, a visit could encourage you to read some of her works in your own language.
    Written 21 July 2016
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