Nordic-style Artificial Lake Shumarinai

Nordic-style Artificial Lake Shumarinai

Something like a Scandinavian Lake District, Shumarinai-ko (朱鞠内湖) was created in 1943 by the building of Uryu Dai-ichi Dam (雨竜第一ダム)…

Sunflower Town Nayoro

Sunflower Town Nayoro

At the heart of the Nayoro Basin (名寄盆地), this agricultural city makes a good base for several excursions in the…

Minamifurano and Lake Kanayama

Minamifurano and Lake Kanayama

On the south side of the Furano Basin, the modest town of Minamifurano (南富良野町) is dominated by the peaceful artificial…

Biei Blue Pond and Shirogane Onsen

Biei Blue Pond and Shirogane Onsen

About 20km southeast of Biei passes through the leafy Shirakaba Kaido (白樺街道: white-birch road) is the highland hot sprigs village…

Asahikawa Art and Craft Galleries

Asahikawa Art and Craft Galleries

Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art (北海道立旭川美術館) Located on the west side of Tokiwa Park, Northern Hokkaido’s best art museum has…

Parks and Gardens in Asahikawa

Parks and Gardens in Asahikawa

Kaimono Koen Japan’s first pedestrian street (developed in 1972) heading north from the train station, Kaimono Koen (買物公園) is lined…

Asahikawa Sake Breweries

Asahikawa Sake Breweries

Asahikawa is famous for its sake brewing. You will find several sake breweries around the city. Takasago Sake Brewery (高砂酒造)…