As Hokkaido’s second largest city, Asahikawa boasts a central location and easy access to a number of ski resorts which make up the Hokkaido Powder Belt, including Furano, Tomamu and Mt. Asahidake. Asahikawa hosts its own Winter Festival, similar to that in Sapporo and offers a number of sights and attractions, the most famous of which is Asahiyama Zoo, known for its unique enclosures and being Japan’s northernmost zoological park. The city is also famous for its ramen, the Asahikawa Ramen and is a must try when roaming the city. The night brings the chance to experience a uniquely Japanese nightlife. Areas such as the conveniently located Sanroku Entertainment District offer endless options of bars, restaurants and clubs for any budget. For a more quiet, yet equally entertaining night, the nearby Furarito Alley lets you experience old town Japan whist catering to all your foodie needs. For local cat ski tours click here
Asahikawa is the main gateway city to Mt. Asahidake with buses running to and from Asahidake. For more information check out Asahidake (LINK)
KAMUI SKI LINKS
Just south of Asahikawa is the satisfyingly large Kamui Ski Links, which offers a range of groomed and ungroomed powder runs for all levels in a relaxed, laid-back atmosphere. The groomed runs are long and cater for anyone who simply enjoys riding grooms or who wants to carve ski down the slopes. The field also offers amazing tree runs to match, with both organized powder areas, and a wide space for all off-piste and race skiers to take advantage of the landscape and heavy powder. A short 30 minute drive from the city enables easy and convenient access and is fully equipped with quality rental services, restaurants and an English-language backcountry tour and ski school.
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A small ski field situated in the Daisetsuzan National Park. Made up of a ropeway and one chairlift, it combines Hokkaido’s deep snow with steep and rugged terrain. Ski and gear rentals are available (No snowboard rentals). Accommodation and onsen hot springs are available in the small town of Sounkyo at the foot of the mountain.
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Otoe POWDER CAT is based in the Asahikawa area of Hokkaido. The mountains are a fantastic mix of long open runs and Hokkaido-famous tree runs. Otoe is colder than Niseko, so bring your woolies and expect powder that is light and dry. Tours begin at Appleland Yama-No-Eki Otoe, which can be accessed from Asahikawa city in 45 minutes by car or taxi or with a free shuttle bus from Niseko (Possible Asahikawa-Otoe buses for 2016-17 Season).
CANMORE SKI VILLAGE
A convenient 30 minute drive Asahikawa station (or 15 minutes from Asahikawa Airport) is a family friendly resort, with 6 courses, the longest of which extends 1570m. The resort offers several accommodation options including cabins, and a number of restaurants and food options.
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Lined along the Midori-bashi main street, the Asahikawa Grand Hotel offers you the best base to explore the Asahikawa and greater Hokkaido area, whether it be the many surrounding ski resorts or other local attractions such as the famed Asahiyama Zoo. Designed by inventor Thomas Edison’s great-grandson, John Edison, the hotel boasts an elegantly classic exterior and European-inspired interior with spacious rooms, quality service and amenities including a spa.