Asahikawa, known for its delicious ramen, is the second largest city on the island of Hokkaido. Apart from being a transit point to places such as Daisetsuzan National Park and Furano, the city is also home to Japan’s best and most popular zoo. Hop aboard the cable car to Mount Asahi, the site of Asahiyama Zoo, where wolves, polar bears, penguins and many other animals are housed in well-planned enclosures with unique viewing angles. The city itself may be known for its cold weather, however, if you’re snowed in, worry not – the pedestrianized Kaimono Koen shopping street with its malls, and piping hot ramen everywhere, will keep you occupied! For a taste of the city’s best noodles, head down to the Asahikawa Ramen Village, where locals and visitors alike are known to share stories over a bowl of warm goodness.
Asahikawa Ramen Village
Kaimono Koen Shopping Street
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Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa is a premier hotel in central Hokkaido, Japan - an ideal base for winter sports and picturesque flower field vistas. Situated in the heart of Asahikawa, the JR station and other public transportation facilities are just a short walk away.