This city is the largest transportation hub in northern Hokkaido.
It is the center of tourism in the area, and home to Japan’s northernmost zoo.
Located in the center of Hokkaido, Asahikawa is Dohoku Area’s transport hub with four rivers running through, including Ishikari River which flows from the Daisetsuzan mountains. The city boasts various industries such as agriculture, wholesale and retail, food processing, and furniture manufacturing, and is the heart of economy and industry in northern Hokkaido. Gathering a wide variety of food from the area, Asahikawa also offers many restaurants and lodging options.From Higashikagura Town you can travel around the area efficiently, as it is located close to attractive tourist spots such as the Asahiyama Zoo, which is Japan’s northernmost zoo and the most popular spot in the area, as well as science museums, ski resorts, Ainu cultural museums, hot springs, and nature.