Asahikawa is a city located in Kamikawa Subprefecture, Hokkaidō, Japan. The city is the capital of the subprefecture and the second-largest city in Hokkaidō, next to Sapporo. It has been a Core city since April 1, 2000. The city is currently well-known for Asahiyama Zoo and Asahikawa Ramen.
As of 2004, the city has an estimated population of 361,488 and a density of 483.53 persons per km². The total area is 747.6 km².
In winter, the Asahikawa Winter Festival is held annually at the bank of the Ishikari River, making use of Asahikawa's cold climate and snow. On January 25, 1902, a weather station recorded -41°C, the lowest temperature in Japanese history. Due to its climate and location surrounded by mountains, there are some ski resorts in the outskirts of the city.
Asahikawa is served by Asahikawa Airport which stretches over the outskirts of Asahikawa City and Higashikagura, Hokkaidō. It is a second class airport, and also a single-runway regional airport. The airport serves domestic destinations including Tokyo, but some airlines offer destinations in South Korea. Municipal buses also serve the city.
Sightseeing: Ski resort (Kamui Ski Links, Santa Present Park, etc) Asahiyama Zoo (The most famous zoo in Japan) Asahikawa Winter Festival / Illuminations (February) Asahikawa Museum of Sculpture in Honor of Teijiro Nakahara Otokoyama Sake Brewing Museum Asahibashi Bridge Arashiyama Pottery village Hokkaido Traditional Art Craft Village Romantic Road (Tree tunnel and Churches) Asahikawa Furniture Center Ayako Miura Memorial Literature Center Yasushi Inoue Memorial Center Asahikawa Youth Science Museum "Saiparu"
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