Asahikawa is located almost in the center of the Kamikawa region in the center of Hokkaido. The city developed as a transportation hub and a center of distribution after its foundations were laid long ago by the activities and pioneering history of the Ainu people. Arashiyama is a hilly and mountainous area found approximately 5 km to the west of the center of the city, 40 minutes by car from Asahikawa Airport and about 25 minutes by car from Asahikawa Station. It is said that the area got its name from the Hokkaido Development Commission because it looked like Arashiyama in Kyoto in the Meiji period (1868 to 1912). "Arashiyama and the View from Arashiyama" has also been selected one of the eight most picturesque sights of Asahikawa.
Hoppo Yasoen (Northern Wild Plants Garden) in Arashiyama Park is a valuable place where a pristine forest still remains despite being near the city. At the same time, hiking trails have also been established in the park. These have been designed so that it is possible for anyone to easily take a walk to the observation platform overlooking the whole of Asahikawa.
In addition, Arashiyama has been worshipped as a sacred place of the Kamikawa Ainu people. Ainu Culture Forest and Folklore Village has been opened as a social educational facility. It reproduces a former kotan (village) as a place to hold displays relating to the Ainu culture. The aim of this is to maintain and pass down the Ainu culture for a long time.
Many potters engaged in ceramics have been located at the foot of Arashiyama since the Meiji period. It soon became known and loved as the Ceramics Village by citizens. Nowadays, it is a popular spot called Northern Arashiyama. It is home to handicraft workshops and galleries engaged in ceramics, glass crafts, dyeing and woodwork crafts in addition to tearooms, cafes and more.
Why don't you visit the Arashiyama area where nature and culture unite? You can recall the lives of the Ainu people and feel the warmth of handicrafts while coming into contact with abundant nature.