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 a collection of paintings and wood crafts created by local artists. The museum volunteers operate a cafe and a souvenir shop.
Asahikawa Museum of Sculpture
(中原悌二郎記念旭川彫刻美術館) Originally built in 1902 as a social club for military officers, the beautifully proportioned white European-style wooden building is now a sculpture museum. It showcases the work of Nakahara Teijiro (1888-1921), Japan’s top sculpture of the Taisho period. The museum also has works from other noted Asahikawa artists, a souvenir shop and a cafe. From Asahikawa Station stop 5, take bus 5 and get off at Shunko-en-mae (春光園前: 25min; ¥240).
More info www.city.asahikawa.hokkaido.jp
Asahikawa Design Center
(旭川デザインセンター) This large-scale design center has a selection of furniture and unique woodcrafts made in Asahikawa and its surroundings, you can see and purchase them (ask for staff). Take bus 68, 70, 71, 630 or 667 from 1-jo 8 bus stop near the train station to Nagayama 2-jo 10 (永山2-10).
More info www.asahikawa-kagu.or.jp/center
(蔵囲夢) Constructed from 1900 to 1913 as Kamikawa Soko’s red brick warehouses near JR Asahikawa Station now houses a design gallery rented by local artists, chairs gallery, interior shop and Taisetsu Ji-beer-kan.
(北の嵐山) On the north side of Ishikari-gawa, Kita-no-Arashiyama (北の嵐山) is a tranquil hillside art village that favors small kilns, workshops, galleries and cafes make for a pleasant ramble. The village is about 6km west of the center. From 1-jo 8 bus stop near JR Asahikawa Station, take bus 3 to the Hoppo Yaso-en-iriguchi (北邦野草園入口: 27min).
More info www.kitanoarashiyama.com