Asahiyama Zoo (®R®¨, Asahiyama Dōbutsuen) is a very popular zoological garden just outside of central Asahikawa City in the middle of Hokkaido. Its popularity lies in the enclosures which allow visitors to observe the animals from various angles, many of which are unique to Asahiyama Zoo.
Highlights include a glass tunnel through the penguin pool that allows visitors to observe the birds' underwater flights, and small glass domes in the middle of the polar bear and wolf enclosures that can get visitors right among the animals. The zoo was also one of the first to organize penguin walks in winter. Work on new enclosures and improvements to existing ones is constantly ongoing.
Animals on display include native wildlife from Hokkaido, including deer, eagles, cranes and (now extinct) wolves, as well as various animals from across the world, such as polar bears, apes, big cats and giraffes. If possible, try to visit the zoo outside of weekends and holidays to reduce the crowds.
Some unique enclosure at Asahiyama Zoo:
From Asahikawa Station
Take bus number 41, 42 or 47 from Asahikawa Station to Asahiyama Zoo. The one way ride takes 40 minutes and costs 450 yen. There are about two buses per hour.
The closest train station to the zoo is Kitahinode Station, a 30-40 minute walk away.
From Asahikawa Airport
There are very infrequent direct buses between the airport and the zoo (35 minutes, 560 yen one way). During the rest of the day, take a bus from the airport to Asahikawa Station (35 minutes, 630 yen, departures timed with flight arrivals) and then take another bus from there to the zoo (see details above). By car, it takes about 25 minutes from the airport to the zoo. The taxi fare is around 3500-4500 yen one way.
Mid October to early November: 9:30 to 16:30 (entry until 16:00)
Mid November to early April: 10:30 to 15:30 (entry until 15:00)
A few days between the summer and winter seasons:
- November 4 to 10, 2021
- April 8 to 28, 2022
- November 4 to 10, 2022
9 C Hotel AsahikawaSituated in Asahikawa, 1.6 km from Ayako Miura Literature Museum, 9 C Hotel Asahikawa features air-conditioned accommodation and a bar. Among the facilities at this property are a 24-hour front desk and a shared lounge, along with free WiFi throughout the property. The property is close to popular attractions like Asahikawa Science Center, Asahikawa Taisetsu Arena and Road Station Asahikawa. At the hotel rooms are equipped with a desk, a TV and a shared bathroom. An Asian breakfast is available each morning at 9 C Hotel Asahikawa. Popular points of interest near the accommodation include Tokiwa Park, Aeon Mall Asahikawa Station and Asahikawa Civic Cultural Center. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 12 km from 9 C Hotel Asahikawa.View on Booking.com
Mimatsuso RyokanOffering affordable Japanese-style accommodations, Mimatsuso Ryokan is a 5-minute drive on the free shuttle from JR Asahikawa Train Station. Traditional souvenirs such as origami and bookmarks are offered to guests for free. Free Wi-Fi is available. The air-conditioned rooms feature tatami (woven-straw) floors and Japanese futon bedding. Yukata robes, a TV and a trouser press are included in each. Bathrooms and toilets are shared. Guests can store food in the shared fridge and use the free-use launderette. Japanese meals are served at the shared dining room. Guests can reserve a private dining room, which has a capacity of up to 4 people. Ryokan Mimatsuso is a 10-minute walk from Tokiwa Park and a 30-minute drive from Asahiyama Zoo. Various shopping malls are within a 5-minute walk from the Ryokan.View on Booking.com
JR Inn AsahikawaOpen from March 2015, JR Inn Asahikawa offers simple accommodation directly connected to JR Asahikawa Station. A public bath and laundry facilities are available on site. Free WiFi is provided throughout the property. Featuring a minimalistic design, all rooms are fitted with original pillows and a flat-screen TV. Shower facilities are provided in all rooms, while only some rooms come with a bathtub. Asahikawa JR Inn is a 35-minute drive or airport limousine ride from Asahikawa Airport. Asahiyama Zoo is a 30-minute drive away. There is an Aeon shopping centre adjacent to the hotel. The hotel offers various facilities and services including free luggage storage. Parking is available on site for a fee. A buffet breakfast is available at the on-site restaurant.View on Booking.com
Asahikawa RideFeaturing free WiFi and a shared lounge, Asahikawa Ride offers accommodation in Asahikawa, 10 km from Asahiyama Zoo and 600 metres from Tokiwa Park. Around 600 metres from Asahikawa Museum of Art, the property is also close to Asahikawa Science Center. Local points of interest like Kaguraoka Park and Ayako Miura Literature Museum are reachable within 2.3 km and 2.3 km, respectively. All rooms in the guest house are fitted with kitchenette with a kettle, microwave and toaster. Each bed in the dormitory rooms has a reading light and socket. A safety deposit box is provided for each guest. There are storage facilities including ski and snowboard equipment. Guests at Asahikawa Ride will be able to enjoy activities in and around Asahikawa, like skiing, cycling and mountain climbing. The guest house staff can assist guests with local information and tourist destinations. Sutaruhin Stadium is 2.1 km from the accommodation. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 13 km from Asahikawa Ride.View on Booking.com
Hotel Route Inn Grand Asahikawa EkimaeJust a 3-minute walk from Asahikawa Station, Hotel Route Inn Grand Asahikawa Ekimae offers accommodation with private parking on site. Free WiFi is available throughout the property. Decorated in natural earth tones, all carpeted rooms feature air conditioning, heating and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. An air purifier/humidifier, electric kettle, hairdryer and refrigerator are provided. The private bathroom comes with a bath, shower, free toiletries and high-tech toilet. Guests can unwind in the public bath on the 17th floor that boasts a city view. Free ironing services are available at the 24-hour front desk. The property offers a drinks vending machine and coin-operated washing machine. Meeting facilities, fax and photocopying services can be arranged for an additional fee. A Japanese and Western-style buffet breakfast including freshly baked bread is provided at the on-site restaurant La Mer. There is a coffee shop and convenience store on the ground floor. Ayako Miura Literature Museum and Asahikawa Museum of Art are 10 minutes by car from the property. Hotel Route Inn Grand Asahikawa Ekimae is a 35-minute drive away from Asahiyama Zoo and Asahikawa Airport.View on Booking.com
Y's Hotel Asahikawa EkimaeFeaturing 3-star accommodation, Y's Hotel Asahikawa Ekimae is located in Asahikawa, 2.1 km from Kaguraoka Park and 1.2 km from Asahikawa Civic Cultural Center. Featuring a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. At the hotel, every room comes with a desk and a flat-screen TV. All units will provide guests with a wardrobe and a kettle. Guests at Y's Hotel Asahikawa Ekimae can enjoy a buffet breakfast. The accommodation offers 3-star accommodation with a sauna. With staff speaking Japanese and English, around-the-clock guidance is available at the reception. Popular points of interest near Y's Hotel Asahikawa Ekimae include Ayako Miura Literature Museum, Tokiwa Park and Aeon Mall Asahikawa Station. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 12 km from the hotel.View on Booking.com
Hotel WBF Grande AsahikawaSet in Asahikawa, 1.5 km from Ayako Miura Literature Museum, Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa features views of the city. With a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. Private parking can be arranged at an extra charge. All guest rooms in the hotel are fitted with a kettle. At Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa all rooms are fitted with a desk and a flat-screen TV. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet or an Asian breakfast. Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa also has a wellness area, where guests can make the most of facilities like a hot spring bath and a sauna. Speaking Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese and English, staff are ready to help around the clock at the reception. Popular points of interest near the hotel include Kaguraoka Park, Tokiwa Park and Aeon Mall Asahikawa Station. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 12 km from Hotel WBF Grande Asahikawa.View on Booking.com
Dormy Inn AsahikawaDormy Inn Asahikawa is a 10-minute walk from JR Asahikawa Train Station. It offers modern accommodation with a large public hot-spring bath and free in-room wired internet. Guestrooms offer both air conditioning and heating facilities. Each room is equipped with a fridge, an electric kettle with green tea, and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. A humidifier and a trouser press are also provided. Guests can enjoy a relaxing bath at the natural hot spring bath located on the hotelfs top floor. Sauna facilities are also available. Other facilities include a coin-operated laundrette. Complimentary Japanese Yonaki (Ramen) noodles are available from 21:30-23:00 on a first-come, first-served basis. Hot coffee is also served from 15:00-23:00 to guests arriving to the property. Asahikawa Dormy Inn is a 40-minute drive from Asahiyama Zoo and about a 10-minute drive to Kamikawa Shrine.View on Booking.com
Asahikawa Sun HotelA 6-minute walk from JR Asahikawa Train Station, Sun Hotel has massage services and a Japanese/Western restaurant. Free WiFi, high-speed wired internet access, a private bathroom and an LCD TV are provided in all rooms. The air-conditioned rooms at Asahikawa Sun Hotel are modern and simply furnished with a desk, a trouser press and a mini-fridge. Instant coffee, green tea bags and slippers are provided. Asahiyama Zoo is a 30-minute drive away, and Nagayama Shrine is about a 30-minute train trip from the hotel. A coin launderette and a free-use microwave are on site, and vending machines offer beer and soft drinks. The 24-hour reception can keep luggage and store valuables for guests. Restaurant Jurin serves a set-menu Western or Japanese breakfast for a fee, and is also open for dinner. Breakfast must be ordered at least 1 day in advance.View on Booking.com
Court Hotel AsahikawaLocated just a 2-minute walk from JR Asahikawa Train Station, Court Hotel Asahikawa offers free WiFi in all areas. There are many shopping and dining options nearby the hotel. The air-conditioned rooms feature a fridge and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries. Some rooms are fitted with tatami (woven-straw) flooring and traditional futon bedding. Court Hotel Asahikawa offers massage and laundry services at an additional charge. Asahikawa Museum of Art is a 20-minute walk away and the popular Asahiyama Zoo is a 30-minute drive away from the hotel.View on Booking.com