Arashiyama Park is loved by citizens and many other people as a place to enjoy excursions and outings from spring to fall and as a place to take walks using snow shoes in the winter. You can overlook Daisetsuzan Mountain Range, Ishikari River and the streets of Asahikawa from the observation platform at the summit. Accordingly, it is also known as a spot to see night views and fireworks. Moreover, many scientifically valuable plants have been confirmed to exist in the rich forest area. Ezo red foxes, Hokkaido squirrels and other small animals live here. It preserves many natural ecosystems.
Arashiyama Park Center
Arashiyama Park Center is positioned as the core facility of Arashiyama Park. It is a base to take walks to Hoppo Yasoen (Northern Wild Plants Garden) and Arashiyama Observation Platform. You can see photographs of the flowers in the park and displays of the natural environment in the center. In addition, the center holds seasonal flower, nature observation and other workshops. It also conducts surveys and research on the plants distributed in Asahikawa. Furthermore, the center functions as an annex of Asahikawa Museum and displays materials on the Ainu people.
Ainu Culture Forest and Folklore Village
Ainu Culture Forest and Folklore Village was opened as an annex of Asahikawa Museum to preserve and pass on the Ainu culture. It has restored the state of the kotan (village) as it was when the Ainu people actually lived there. This means you can recall life at those times which was at one with nature.
The museum exhibition in the Arashiyama Park Center mainly focuses on the use of plants by the Ainu people. It also displays the Ainu language place names of land along the river related to plant collection and historical materials on the Kamikawa Ainu.
Hoppo Yasoen (Northern Wild Plants Garden)
Asahioka is a hilly area that extends out at the foot of Arashiyama. Potters engaged in ceramics have been found in this area with its lushly green and tranquil residential streets since around the Meiji period (1868 to 1912). It came to be called and loved by citizens as the Ceramics Village. Later, glass craft, dyeing and woodworking craft workshops and galleries focused on ceramics naturally gathered here. Its name was then changed to Northern Arashiyama as its appeal was no longer limited to ceramics. These workshops produce original works without being bound by traditions. You can encounter warm handicraft works and enjoy experiences of making works and taking part in tea ceremonies here. In addition, it is a spot where you can have a pleasant time by taking a walk in the greenery or relaxing in a cafe.