Summer is definitely festival season in Asahikawa with each week offering either a festival, fireworks, outdoor dining, dancing, or all of the above rolled into one. It is a great time of year to be in the city as beer gardens come alive in the street offering good food, music, and plenty of beer.
In between beer garden sessions visitors have an abundance of sightseeing and activity options.
Tokiwa park in the city is great for a walk in the morning or evening or for reading a book in the sun during the day, and is a short walk from most all of the city hotels. Kaguraoka park is a little further away but certainly worth it. Its size offers a long and relaxing walk and features Kamikawa Shrine where people can rest, pray, or pick up souvenirs. At the base of the park and adjacent to the river is a nice BBQ. area.
The surrounding areas like Biei, Furano, Sounkyo and Tomamu are easily accessible from Asahikawa and offer fantastic activities such as rafting, canoeing, canyoning, hot air ballooning and a host of other attractions.
Hiking is popular around Asahikawa during summer and trails on mountains such as Asahidake and Kurodake are a delight for hikers and photographers. Just bring plenty of energy with you and you are sure to have an enjoyable experience.