5 days in Asahikawa, Abashiri & Kushiro Itinerary

5 days in Asahikawa, Abashiri & Kushiro Itinerary

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5 days in Asahikawa, Abashiri & Kushiro Itinerary

Start: Asahikawa
1
Asahikawa
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Abashiri
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Kushiro
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
End: Asahikawa

1
night
Asahikawa

Asahikawa ©
Perched on the confluence of four rivers and surrounded by green hills, Asahikawa combines a modern city experience with the pristine nature nearby.
On the 30th (Sat), experience rural life at Ueno Farm, admire the natural beauty at Shikisai no Oka, then contemplate the waterfront views at Blue Pond, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Biei Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the natural beauty at Asahiyama Miura Garden, get to know the resident critters at Asahiyama Zoo, then get in on the family fun at Asahikawa Ramen Village, and finally don't miss a visit to Asahikawa Station.

For photos and other tourist information, read Asahikawa road trip app .

If you are flying in from Switzerland, the closest major airports are New Chitose Airport and Asahikawa Airport. In November, plan for daily highs up to 2°C, and evening lows to 0°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Abashiri.

Things to do in Asahikawa

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Side Trip

Biei-cho
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Asahiyama Zoo ©
Asahiyama Zoo
Shikisai no Oka ©
Shikisai no Oka
Shirogane Blue Pond ©
Shirogane Blue Pond

1
night
Abashiri

Abashiri ©
A coastal town with a smattering of things to do, Abashiri has an interesting history and arresting natural scenery.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): make a trip to Cape Notoro, make a trip to Kitahama Station, see the interesting displays at Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum, then don't miss a visit to Abashiri Prison Museum, and finally enjoy breathtaking views from Tentozan Viewing Platform.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Abashiri holiday planning website .

Traveling by car from Asahikawa to Abashiri takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of bus and train. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Asahikawa in December since evenings lows in Abashiri dip to -8°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to go by car to Kushiro.

Things to do in Abashiri

Nature Parks Museums
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Abashiri Prison Museum ©
Abashiri Prison Museum
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum ©
Okhotsk Ryu-hyo Museum
Cape Notoro ©
Cape Notoro

2
nights
Kushiro

Kushiro ©
Kushiro first developed as an industrial hub thanks to its relatively ice-free harbor, and has since also become known as a transport hub for journeys to the east of the island.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): explore the activities along Akan Lake, then stop by Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf Moo, and then snap pictures at Nusamai Bridge. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Kushiro City Tanchozuru Nature Park, enjoy breathtaking views from Kushiro Marsh Observatory, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Kushiro Shitsugen Observatory Boardwalk, then steep yourself in history at Kushiro Itsukushima Shrine, and finally make a trip to Akachochin Yokocho.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Kushiro driving holiday planner.

Getting from Abashiri to Kushiro by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a train. In December, plan for daily highs up to 3°C, and evening lows to -6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) to allow time to drive back home.

Things to do in Kushiro

Parks Zoos & Aquariums Nature
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Akan Lake ©
Akan Lake
Nusamai Bridge ©
Nusamai Bridge
Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf Moo ©
Kushiro Fisherman's Wharf Moo

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