On another sunny day, took a morning walk from the hotel to the south exit of Asahikawa Station. "Asahikawa Kitasaito Garden" is located next to the natural beauty of the Chubetsu River. It's an oasis in the city.
The last time came here was in March, exactly six months ago, and was in the snow.
There's a clarity to the northern sunlight.
In Kitasaito Garden, there is a coffee shop in a plaza overlooking a pond. Looks like a great place to work remotely.
Enjoyed the green and wonderful space. As approached to Chubetsu River, saw a sign that said "Caution Bear Encounters". A typical warning in Hokkaido, even near the station.
Unlike the nature-rich south exit, there is no bear warning at the north exit of Asahikawa Station. This is a city of 300,000 in population with large commercial facilities, shopping parks, and office districts. If come to Asahikawa, should experience this contrast.
From the hotel, headed to the Arashiyama Observatory. It is a hilly area about 5 kilometers from the center of Asahikawa, and the elevation is 253 meters. It is said that the view of the Ishikari River and Mt. Daisetsu from the top of the mountain is similar to the view of Kamo River and Mt. Hiei from the top of Arashiyama in Kyoto. The view was selected as one of the "Eight Views of Asahikawa". The road is narrow for drive there.
The view of Asahikawa city and Mt. Daisetsu and Tokachi mountain ranges beyond.
Then visited "Shujitsu no Oka", a great spot to enjoy the magnificent 360-degree panorama. Nishikagura district in the southeast part of Asahikawa city. Could see the Daisetsu mountain range and the Tokachi mountain range in the distance. It was once used as a filming location.
And view of the city in the distance.
Biei, just south of Asahikawa, is a town of beautiful hills. Former Mild Seven Hill. Now the larches had been cut down.
Went back to Asahikawa and revisited the Shumozo. The owner and staff seem women, and the store was bright and clean. Inside the store, they have a lot of sake that the owner purchased directly from the breweries.
Had "Natsu no Nigori" a sparkling sake from "Michizakura Shuzo". The brewery is located in the town of Higashikawa on the way to Mt. Daisetsu from Asahikawa. The brewery of the same name in Gifu was relocated and restarted as a public brewery in Higashikawa last year.
It was a refreshing, sparkling sake that finished in short time. Thanks to the shop's advice.
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