Asahikawa carries the dual honour of having the most days with snowfall in all of Japan, as well as the record for the coldest temperature (-40°C). It is mainly used by travellers as a transit point for Wakkanai to the north, Daisetsuzan National Park to the southeast, and Biei and Furano to the south, but is also a pleasant city in which to spend a day or two.
Asahikawa destination guides
Japan Winter Festivals
Be entranced by winter in Japan. Experience the sensational Sapporo Snow Festival, be awestruck by the size of the snow sculptures at Asahikawa and watch the soft lantern light cast its magic over festival-goers in Otaru.