It is often said of Asahikawa, particularly by the locals, that it has four perfect seasons. What exactly does that mean?
Most non-tropical places experience four distinct seasons (no surprises there!), but winter for example may not include snow (most places in Australia), and autumn may just be a warm winter (not much colour).
By contrast, Asahikawa and Hokkaido in general have four perfect seasons, bitterly cold and snowy in winter, hot and often humid in summer, incredibly colored foliage in autumn, and beautiful spring blooms after the long cold.
It is one on the rare places where there really is something different in all seasons ...
Tomita Lavender Farm
As far as day trip ideas from Asahikawa go, Tomita Farm is a great choice. A 10ha lavender paradise, Tomita Farm provides ample opportunity for relaxed walks surrounded by seemingly endless patchwork of color...read more
Horokanai-cho is the biggest soba (buckwheat) producer by land-size and production volume in Japan. The soba fields are completely covered by attractive soba flowers from June, which in itself is worth a look.... read more
Home to Hokkaido's largest natural garden of Katakuri ( Dog Toothed Violets), Otokoyama park is a great place for a short easy hike or taking great pictures... read more