Asahikawa & Sounkyo Area
Enjoy gourmet food and spa resorts overlooking the Daisetsuzan Volcanic Group.
Asahikawa, located in the center of the state, is the second largest city in Hokkaido.
Perhaps the most famous local dish is Asahikawa ramen, one of the top three popular types of ramen in Hokkaido. There is also “Shinko-yaki,” grilled broiler (young chicken) cut in half, and “shio horumon,” salted pork offal. You can find a number of famous Japanese sake breweries here as well. The well-known Asahikawa Zoo is among the pioneers in exhibiting animals in a way that encourages natural behavior.
Sounkyo is one of the signature hot spring resorts inside Daisetsuzan National Park. This resort is known for its vibrant autumn leaves and breathtaking views of Ryusei and Ginga Falls, which cascade over steep cliffs more than 200 meters high. If you take the ropeway from Sounkyo Hot Springs up to Kurodake, you can get a panoramic view of the Daisetsuzan Mountain Range, peeking through the sea of clouds. Often referred to as the “rooftop of Hokkaido,” it’s not surprising that the Ainu called it “Kamui Mintara,” or “playground of the gods.”
We also recommend the Daisetsu Mori-no Garden, located in Kamikawa. The garden proudly exhibits over 700 varieties of wildflowers, and also offers an elegant “tea time.”