Bike through Kamikawa Ainu legends and view Asahikawa from an observatory.

Bike through Kamikawa Ainu legends and view Asahikawa from an observatory.

This tour will take you on a pleasant bicycle ride through the city, deepening your understanding of the Ainu culture, visiting the lush Arashiyama scenic area, and reminiscing about the history of Kamikawa’s pioneering spirit. The last stop is Tenkin, one of the most famous Asahikawa ramen restaurants!

Spots to visit in this course

  • Activity Center Asahikawa Station
  • Asahikawa City Museum
  • Arashiyama Observatory
  • Kawamura Kaneto Ainu Memorial Museum
  • Ramen Ya Tenkin


9:30 Rent a bicycle
Activity Center Asahikawa Station

Located at the Asahikawa Tourism and Product Information Center, this office is mainly responsible for providing information on activities in the Taisetsu area. The activity specialists will propose a variety of activities that are full of the charms of the Taisetsu area. The center also organizes short tours and events to and from the Activity Center as a source of information on activities, and also serves as a reception desk for rental bicycles.

Across from the east ticket gate of JR Asahikawa Station

Proceed inside and you will find the reception desk.

Rent whatever you like.

Application form is available in English

Brief explanation of how to operate


Postal Code 070-0030
Tourist Information Center, East Concourse, JR Asahikawa Station, 8-3-1 Miyashita-dori, Asahikawa, Hokkaido, Japan
Closed/Year-round (except for year-end and New Year’s holidays): Year-end, New Year’s, Bon Festival

Cycling Course


9:20 Asahikawa City Museum

The permanent exhibition is divided into an upper and lower level, and the upper level is themed “Encountering Ainu History and Culture” and introduces the history of the Ainu people and the daily life of the Ainu and northern tribes, as well as contemporary Ainu efforts to pass on and create their culture. The lower level of the museum also features a “North Pole Dwellings” exhibit.
On the lower level, under the main theme of “The Relationship between Nature and Humans in the North,” the history of people and towns from the Paleolithic Age to the present day, as well as the geology, topography, flora and fauna of Asahikawa and its surroundings are introduced.

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In addition, special exhibitions and various hands-on learning programs are held in the Special Exhibition Room and the Local History Study Room, providing visitors with opportunities to learn about the nature and history of Asahikawa while having fun.


Kagura 3-jo 7-chome, Asahikawa-shi, Asahikawa
Admission: Adults 350 yen, High school students 230 yen, Free for elementary and junior high school students
Parking: Available (free of charge)
Business hours/9:00-17:00 (admission by 16:30)
Closed on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month from October to May (or the following day if the Monday falls on a national holiday), year-end and New Year holidays (December 30 to January 4), and facility inspection days


11:00 Arashiyama Observatory
(Hoppou Wild Plant Garden)

Located near the entrance to the confluence of the Ishikari River and the Osarappe River, it is at the foot of Arashiyama, a mountain revered by the Ainu as a sacred place and steeped in a long history and culture.
The 12.25-hectare area is home to approximately 600 species of plants, making it one of the largest wildflower gardens for boreal plants in Japan. The forest, which is mainly made up of broadleaf trees, has retained its pre-pioneer appearance, which is very rare in the suburbs of a city. Climbing up to the observatory, visitors can enjoy a magnificent panoramic view of Asahikawa, the “City of Rivers. Chikamunyama, where Sir Michitoshi Iwamura, the founder of Kamikawa development and the first director of the Hokkaido Government, is said to have conducted a national tour, is also located next to the observatory.
*After it rains, the path becomes bad, so there is a possibility that your shoes will get dirty.

Bicycle parking space is available.

Go in the direction of the arrow. Trekking (about 30 minutes one way to the observatory)

Observatory with a panoramic view of Asahikawa

Local Guide Recommendation!

It is located about 5 km west of the center of Asahikawa City and is 253 meters above sea level. It was named after the impression that it resembles Arashiyama in Kyoto.
The main attraction of Arashiyama is its rich nature. The “Hokuho Wild Plant Garden” in the park is a precious place where a pristine forest remains even though it is located in the suburbs of a city, and it welcomes many visitors from all over Japan. At the same time, the park is being developed as a park, with hiking trails and the Arashiyama Park Center established so that people of all ages and both sexes can easily explore the park. The observatory at the top of the park offers a panoramic view of the entire Asahikawa city, and is also known as a spot for night views and fireworks viewing.
The park’s Ainu Cultural Forest and Kotan of Lore features three restored and exhibited traditional Ainu bamboo-thatched houses (urachse) from the Kamikawa region outdoors, as well as an exhibit on Ainu use of plants in the Arashiyama Park Center.


Arashiyama, Etanbetsu-cho, Asahikawa City and Takasu Town, Kamikawa County, Hokkaido
TEL.0166-52-1934(Asahikawa City Parks and Greenspace Association)


Kawamura Kaneto Ainu Memorial Museum

It is the oldest and only private Ainu museum in Japan, started in 1916 by Itakishiroma Kawamura, the seventh generation of the Kawamura family, known as the representative old Ainu family in the Kamikawa region, with the aim of correctly passing down Ainu ethnic culture, and developed by Kaneto Kawamura, the eighth generation.

Reception *Cash only

Take off your shoes to enter the house.

Local Guide Recommendation!

Kaneto Kawamura was a railroad surveyor from the Meiji period to the Taisho and early Showa periods. He spearheaded the surveying of railroad facilities such as the Soya and Nemuro Main Lines, but in his later years he suffered from an eye disease. After resigning from public office, he invested all his private fortune to establish a memorial museum in 1916 to pass on Ainu culture to future generations. Visitors can experience Ainu culture through a variety of hands-on activities, including playing and making mukul, a traditional Ainu musical instrument, as well as traditional cooking, Ainu embroidery, and traditional dance (reservations required).


11 Hokumon-cho, Asahikawa City, Hokkaido
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (until 18:00 in July and August)
Admission/ Adults 800 yen, college students 600 yen, junior high and high school students 500 yen, elementary school students 300 yen, preschool free
Closed/No holidays from May to November, closed on Tuesdays from December to March.

◇Transfer by bicycle (approx. 30 min.)


13:30 Ramenya Tenkin

Since its establishment in 1952, this famous restaurant has maintained the tradition of Asahikawa ramen while attracting a new generation of fans. The deep, rich tonkotsu-based soup is truly Tenkin’s pride and joy. The soup looks a little cloudy because lard is added to create an oil film on the surface to keep the heat of the soup from escaping. This ingenuity, unique to Asahikawa where sub-zero temperatures are the norm, was born out of warmth for the customers. Of course, Tenkin’s noodles are a perfect match for its signature soup, and they are also a unique attraction that will keep your chopsticks moving. The medium-thick, frizzy noodles with a low water content, which are easily intertwined with the soup, assert their distinctive character as if they are competing for the leading role with the soup. The presence of the ingredients, which go beyond the realm of “supporting roles,” is also unmissable. Firm and chewy authentic chashu pork. Fresh and fragrant green onions. Menma (pickled bamboo shoots) with an addictive crunchy texture. All of the ingredients for the ramen are carefully selected from a variety of high-quality ingredients.
You can feel the harmony of soup, noodles, and ingredients, as well as the spirit of the chefs who put their heart and soul into each bowl of ramen.

Local Guide Recommendation!

Among Asahikawa ramen, which is generally of a high quality, this famous restaurant has gained the enthusiastic support of local ramen fans while adhering to a basic style that can be described as the royal road. The simple structure of the ramen is the reason for the overwhelming presence of this bowl of ramen, which has a solid framework. We recommend the “Shoyu” or “Shoyu Vegetable”! This is a bowl of soup that you should shovel down with white rice.


9-1704-31, 4jo-dori, Asahikawa-shi, Hokkaido
Open/11:00 – 20:30 (last order 20:00)

Shoyu ramen 900 yen
Vegetable ramen 1,000 yen
Vegetable chashu ramen 1,200 yen


14:30 Return rental bicycle
Activity Center Asahikawa Station

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