How to go from Sapporo to Asahikawa with a Japan Rail Pass ?
Travel in Hokkaido with the Limited Express Kamui or Limited Express Lilac
Trains from Sapporo to Asahikawa are quite frequent. Let 's go north !
From Sapporo to Asahikawa
0 KM - SAPPORO station
Change here to reach Furano.
137 KM - 1H25 - ASAHIKAWA STATION
The zoo is located just outside Asahikawa. A bus service runs from the station. The zoo is a good place to see animals native to Hokkaido, such as brown bears, deer and eagles. It is popular as it allows visitors to view the animals from different angles. Highlights include a glass tunnel through the penguin pool and a transparent dome in the middle of the polar bear enclosure. Late Apr-mid-Oct, daily, 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.; Nov- early Apr, Fri-Tues, 10.30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., closed early April, ¥820.
ASAHIKAWA SCIENCE CENTER
Also known as Sci-pal, the center opened in 2005 and includes modern interactive exhibitions and a planetarium. You can also experience zero gravity. Tues-Sun, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., ¥400, planetarium ¥300, both ¥500.
Tel : 01-6621-9000 / www.superhoteljapan.com/en/s-hotels/asahikawa
SENSHOEN 扇松園 A very well-known ryokan in Asahikawa. Famous for providing authentic Japanese hospitality and ambiance at a reasonable price. Enjoy their meals prepared using local produce. 3-8-3 Takasagodai, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, 070-8061
Tel : 01-6661-5154 / http://www.sensyoen.co.jp/english/index.html
Asahikawa’s take on ramen, with a soy sauce broth and topped with a generous slice of nori seaweed. From exit one of Asahikawa Station, walk up Midoribashi- dori; Aoba will be on your left. Open daily, 9:30 a.m. to 7:50 p.m.
Tel : 01-6623-2820 / www5b.biglobe.ne.jp/~aoba1948/
TAISETSU BREWERY BEER HALL 大雪地ビール館
The local microbrewery’s restaurant, set in a brick building, with a Western vibe.
Open daily, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Tel : 01-6625-0400 / www.ji-beer.com