Asahikawa Station is a representative of Asahikawa city located in the center of Hokkaido. A lot of tourists are using this station since there are limited express trains going Dohoku (northern district of Hokkaido) and Donan (southern district of Hokkaido).
'[Asahiyama Dobutsuen Go] is available on the weekend. This is a special railroad connecting Sapporo and Asahikawa. The unique design inside the train resembles to the Asahikawa Zoo. It is very popular among families and children and it will rise the travelling mood. It has become the representative sightseeing spot of Asahikawa since it became the popular topic which was the exhibition of natural behavior of the animals. It also is the attraction you can enjoy the visit every time and not get tired of the place because the zoo always has various events.
The cyclic buses are operated inside of the city, however it is recommended to use a rental car if you want to travel around the sightseeing sites by your own schedule. It also is recommended to make plans for tourism sites of Asahikawa you want to visit, such as going to see how Jizake (local specialized sake) are made, tour around Asahikawa ramen shops outside of the city, or visit the Miura Ayako (Japanese famous novelis) Literature Museum and going to the Mihonrin where she wrote about in one of her novels.