1. Asahikawa: Private Customized Guided Tour
Explore Asahikawa in your own way with a private licensed guide. Choose the 6 or 4-hour option depending on what fits with your schedule. Let the guide know what special requests you have for the day and they will tailor your itinerary accordingly. All guides hold the nationally-licensed Tour Guide-Interpreter certification. It is issued by the Japanese government and requires a good understanding of Japanese culture and history. Asahikawa is a large city in Hokkaido surrounded by the Taisetsuzan mountains. The area is blessed with powdery snow in the winter and stunning scenery year-round, making it an ideal spot to visit. This is a great city to explore on foot, and if you are in town in the Spring you will be able to experience a riot of color when the cherry blossoms arrive. Meet your guide at your hotel or anywhere convenient for you in Asahikawa. First stop is Asahiyama Zoo, one of the best zoos in Japan. It is designed so that you will be able to observe the animals' as they behave in their natural habitat. Next, have lunch at Asahikawa Ramen Village. Asahikawa Ramen is one of the top ramens in Japan. There are eight ramen shops in the village and you can taste all of them as they all offer small taster bowls. Final stop is the Otokoyama Sake Brewery Museum. Otokoyama is one of the best brands of sake, Japanese white wine. Asahikawa offers perfect conditions for brewing sake, as the area is rich in underground water from the Taisetsuzan mountains. Learn about the process of making sake and take part in a sake tasting.