Situated at the foot of Daisetsuzan National Park in the center of Hokkaido, Higashikawa is a leading rice grower. The town also enjoys high-quality flowers and vegetables, which usually grow in cool climates, water from Mount Daisetsu and fertile land. You can always enjoy the peaceful pastoral scenery, decorated with small pink phlox and the snow-capped Daisetsu Mountain Range in the background, seasonal flowers and sweet-scented herbs.
In the center of Higashikawa, the Main Street shops are decorated with unique wooden signboards. The signboards reflect the individual personality of each shop, which creates a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
Chiffon cake and bread, made from Higashikawa’s delicious water and rice, as well as Miso paste and Tofu are very popular. Each shop and Michikusakan Station, the Tourist Information Centre, sells a variety of these handcrafted products.
Woodworking is a flourishing industry and the quality of the pieces is very high. Approximately 30 percent of Asahikawa Furniture famous across Japan is produced in this town. Furthermore, artists such as wood craftsmen and potters have gathered in this town to establish studios sometimes with coffee shops. Higashikawa is a place you can enjoy craftsmanship and art, while surrounded by mountains and greenery.
Higashikawa is located at the entrance of Daisetsuzan National Park. The landscape which changes each season easily draws visitors. Summer's blooming alpine flowers, autumn's blazing leaves and winter's fluffy snow, continue to captivate photographers, hikers, and tourists alike.
After a long day of exploring the tallest mountain in Hokkaido, Asahidake (2,290 m), and Hagoromo Waterfall (which has the longest drop in Hokkaido – 270 m), visitors may relax their tired bodies at the two hot spring resorts; Asahidake Hot Springs, surrounded by natural forest in the middle of Mount Asahi and Tenninkyo Hot Springs, surrounded by a canyon at the foot of Mount Asahi.