Autumn in Japan Guides + Tips

Furano Travel Guide: Visiting Asahigaoka Park in Autumn

While often overshadowed by other attractions in Furano, Asahigaoka Park managed to captivate us during our recent visit to Hokkaido, Japan’s northernmost island, in October. In this post, we’re excited to reminisce about the delightful memories we created at the park and share compelling reasons why you should consider adding this hidden gem to your Japan travel itinerary, especially during the enchanting fall season!

Let’s get acquainted with Asahigaoka Park in Furano:

Just a quick 5-minute drive from the Furano Cheese Factory, this park is famous for its impressive collection of 3,000 cherry trees, making it a top spot for cherry blossom viewing in Furano. But there’s more to it than just flowers! You’ll also enjoy breathtaking views of downtown Furano and the majestic Tokachidake mountain range. And when winter rolls around, don’t miss the opportunity to explore the 2km and 5km Cross Country Ski Course at Asahigaoka Park.

Autumn’s Enchantment at Asahigaoka Park:

While mid-May is undoubtedly the prime season to explore Asahigaoka Park when cherry blossoms are in full bloom, a return visit during the autumn months is a must, as this is when the park transforms into a realm of pure magic.

Beyond the 3,000 cherry trees, the park boasts an abundance of deciduous trees, particularly maple trees. Starting from mid-October, you’ll be treated to a breathtaking display of crimson, orange, and golden hues as the season transitions. Every nook and cranny of the park becomes a playground for autumn foliage enthusiasts, with leaf-shedding trees adorning every corner.

One significant advantage of visiting Asahigaoka Park outside the cherry blossom season is the likelihood of having the park all to yourself. You can fully immerse yourself in the natural beauty and rejuvenating breeze that pervades the place. Picture yourself relaxing on one of the cozy wooden benches beneath the canopy of maple trees, soaking in the incredible ambiance. Alternatively, you can stretch out on the lush green, meticulously manicured lawn, all while enjoying a picturesque view of the mountain range draped in a vibrant tapestry of seasonal foliage.

These enchanting experiences are simply too captivating to pass up. So, if you find yourself in Furano during this exquisite time of year, I wholeheartedly recommend adding Asahigaoka Park to your itinerary. It’s a decision you won’t regret!

Getting to Asahigaoka Park:

If you’re arriving from JR Furano Station, you have a couple of convenient options. You can either catch a taxi for a swift ten-minute ride to the park, and there’s a parking area available on-site.

Alternatively, you can take either the Goryo Line bus or the Lavender bus (heading towards the Shin-Furano Princess Hotel) from Furano Station. Disembark at Kisen (160 yen fare) and then enjoy a leisurely five-minute stroll to reach the park.

How Long to Stay at Asahigaoka Park:

Asahigaoka Park is not overly expansive, so I’d recommend dedicating about an hour or two to fully savor its autumn splendor. Additionally, you’ll be delighted to learn that there’s no admission or parking fee, making it an excellent choice for budget-conscious travelers. The park remains open 24 hours a day, so you can arrive at your leisure without feeling rushed.

Additional Tips:

  • October in Hokkaido can be quite chilly, so it’s wise to layer up and dress warmly. Even during the daytime, temperatures can dip into the single digits Celsius.
  • Be mindful that the sun sets early, around 5 pm, so plan your photography activities accordingly to make the most of the available daylight.
  • I strongly suggest combining a visit to Asahigaoka Park with a stop at the Cheese Factory during one of your trips. They’re conveniently located near each other, and if you visit in the fall, you’ll be treated to equally stunning autumn foliage scenes at the Cheese Factory!

We’ve come to the end of our post! Have I managed to pique your interest in Asahigaoka Park? I appreciate you taking the time to explore this article from start to finish. Wishing you an amazing and enjoyable time in Furano!

Access Map:

Quick Info About Furano Asahigaoka Park:

Address: Shimogoryo, Furano, Hokkaido 076-0017, Japan
Hours: 24hours
Admission Fee: Free
Parking Fee: Free

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