HOKKAIDO(Asahikawa-Abashiri) 2018-03-18T00:29:45+09:00

Come see the most beautiful nature and the most adorable animals in Hokkaido


Observe animals at their most natural state

Asahiyama Zoo

Asahiyama Zoo is one of notorious zoos in Japan. Here, 700 animals of more than 130 kinds are raised and kept. They include penguins, polar bears, etc. In the winter, you can see penguins “taking a walk” being released in snow. This is one of the most popular attractions of the zoo. Here, facilities are deliberately and carefully designed so that visitors can observe animals from different angles to catch them at their most natural state.

Asahiyama Zoo

Address: Hokkaido Asahikawa-shi Higashiasahikawa-cho Kuranuma
Telephone: 0166-36-1104
Open period and time: from April 29, 2016 to October 15, 2016: 9:30am to 5:15pm
from October 16, 2016 to November 3, 2016: 9:30am to 4:30pm
from November 11, 2016 to April 9, 2017: 10:30am to 3:30pm
Closed: from April 8, 2016 to April 28, 2016
from November 4, 2016 to November 10, 2016
from Descember 30,2016 to January 1,2017
Admission Fee: adults: 820 yen
free for junior high school students and children younger
Access: start from anywhere in the city, go on Dobutsuen Dori street and drive along the street and you will arrive at Asahiyama Zoo
URL: http://www5.city.asahikawa.hokkaido.jp/asahiyamazoo/ (Japanese)

  79 388 060

About 1 hour and 3 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 59.3km


Enjoy the panoramic view from the mountain

Mt. Kurodake Cable Car

Rolling landscape of Sounkyo, nothing can exceed the excitement of looking down at the spectacular view from the mountain top. The cable car will take you up Mt. Kurodake to its mid point (1,300m high) while you sit back and relax. At the observatory deck, there awaits the panoramic view of the entire Sounkyo.

Mt. Kurodake Cable Car

Address: Hokkaido Kamikawa-gun Kamikawa-cho Sounkyo
Telephone: 0165-85-3031
Open period and time: from June 1, 2016 to August 20, 2016: 6;00am to 7:00pm
from August 21, 2016 to September 30, 2016: 6:00am to 6:00pm
Open hours are subject to change according to seasons, please refer to the website for detail information
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Admission Fee: round-trip ticket: 1,950 yen per person (adult), 1100 yen (elementary school students and children younger)
Access: about 10 min. walk from Sounkyo Onsen (Sounkyo Hot Spring) to the cable car terminal
URL: http://www.rinyu.co.jp/modules/pico01/ (Japanese)

  623 203 716

About a 11-minute walk
Distance of about 850m


Two water falls expressing softness and hardness

Ryusei no Taki Fall (Shooting Stars Fall) and Ginga no Taki Fall (Milky Way Fall)

Other than its mountains, Sounkyo is known for water walls. Ryusei no Taki Fall and Ginga no Taki Fall are two water falls often time seen as a pair. Ryusei no Taki Fall expresses male like masculinity and power. On the other hand, Ginga no Taki Fall expresses female like delicacy and softness. People see them as husband and wife water falls. If you wish to see both falls at the same time, walk through a mountain path from the parking lot and climb up to the Sobakudai observatory deck (the path is about 450 meter, takes about 20 min.)

Ryusei no Taki Fall, Ginga no Taki Fall

Address: Hokkaido Kamikawa-gun Kamikawa-cho Sounkyo
Telephone: 0165-82-1211
Access: about 13 min. drive from Mt. Kurodake cable car terminal on National rout 39
URL: http://www.zipangguide.net/travel/sight/hokkaido/ryusei_ginga_fall.html (Chinese)
http://www.sounkyo.net/category/detail.php?id=38 (Japanese)

  623 203 716

About 2 hour and 36 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 138km


Endless sea of onion field

Abashiri City

After watching playful foxes, continue your journey to Abashiri City. Being the largest onion production region in Japan, you will be welcomed by the vast sea of onion field in Kitami City. Your journey across Hokkaido ends just as you enter Abashiri City.

Abashiri City

Address: Hokkaido Abashiri-shi
Telephone: 0152-44-5849 (Abashiri City Tourism Accosiation)
Access: Drive about 40 min. from Michi no Eki (roadside station) on Ntional rout 39 toward East North to Kitami City, then continue to drive on National rout 39 for about 1 hour to Abashiri City, the whole rout is about 90km.
URL: http://abashiri.jp/tabinavi/big5/index.html (Chinese)
http://abashiri.jp/tabinavi/index.html (Japanese)

  305 678 158

About 11 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 4.0km


Life in prison

Abashiri Prison Museum

Abashiri Prison Museum is a wooden architect from the Meiji Period and exhibits the life in prison at the time. In the museum, wax dolls are arranged to show you what the imprisonment life was like back then and you can also step into some of the rooms where prisoners lived in. You can also learn how prisoners successfully escaped from the prison. Visitors can also experience the taste of prison meals.

Abashiri Prison Museum

Address: Hokkaido Abashiri-shi Yobito 1-1
Telephone: 0152-45-2411
Open period
and time:
summer (April through October): 8:30am to 6:00pm
winter (November through March): 9:00am to 5:00pm
Closed: open 7 days a week, all year
Admission Fee: adults: 1,080 yen
college and high school students: 750 yen
junior high and elementary school students: 540 yen
Access: about 9 min. drive from JR Abashiri Station on National rout 39
URL: http://www.kangoku.jp/hantai/ (Chinese)
http://www.kangoku.jp/ (Japanese)

  305 582 179

About 9 minutes in the general road
Distance of about 4.3km


Journey of Ice

Okhotsk Ryu-hyo (Drift Ice) Museum

This museum offers various exhibitions on drift ice that can be seen in Abashiri. You can also experience how it is like to stand in a temperature 18 degrees below zero and observe the actual drift ice (“extreme cold experience” and “drift ice experience”). Don’t worry, drift ice can be seen in summer too. The museum also exhibits “clione” so-called angels of drift ice, which are small mollusks. At the highest level of the museum, you can see the panoramic view of Abashiri City from the “Tentozan Obseratory Deck”.

Okhotsk Ryu-hyo (Drift Ice) Museum

Address:  Hokkaido Abashiri-shi Tentozan 245-1
Telephone: 0152-43-5951
Open period
and time:
from April to October: 8:30am to 6:00pm
from November to March: 9:00am to 4:30pm
Closed: from December 29 to January 5
Admission Fee: adults: 750 yen
high school students: 640 yen
junior high and elementary school students: 540 yen
Access: from JR Abashiri Station, drive toward Tentozan bus terminal
URL: http://www.ryuhyokan.com/ (Japanese)

  305 584 757