With a total area of 246.71 m2 and a population of approximately 52,000 people, Asakura is wide open place. Its abundance of space and nature make it ideal for walking, running, riding your bike or embarking on a hike.
When you first arrive in Asakura, you will feel the notion of space changing around you. The roads and sidewalks are wide and clear and there are no skyscrapers to be seen. The flat design of Asakura offers a clear and comfortable view, sure to be pleasing on the eyes.
From the outset, you will feel at ease: the town’s people are warm and helpful and will greet you as you pass by. Green spaces are common and of course there are vending machines filled with drinks most places you go- making Asakura the perfect place to take a hike.
The most well known hiking track begins from Amagi Park, about two kilometres from Amagi station. You can walk around the park exploring its vast layout, sit by the park’s central fountain in quiet contemplation, enjoy a picnic or even have a barbecue using the free facilities (once authorisation is granted).
If you are in good physical condition, you should try the Ohira mountain circuit which offers a breathtaking panoramic view of Asakura and beyond. It is a straightforward and easy hike, taking between 45 and 60 mins to reach the summit.
We recommend bringing your camera to capture the view and perhaps a snack so you can sit back and truly enjoy the scenery. Other hiking circuits exist, some requiring physical strength and experience.
Asakura has an abundance of mountains and forests to explore. The town’s hiking tracks are well laid out with signs to keep you on the right track, so to speak.
For those not fond of venturing into the mountains, there are plenty of walking tracks available within the town itself. From Amagi station, Asakura’s famed Triple Water Wheel is a 10km walk. Stunning rice fields line your path as well as a market specialised in the sale of honey, a local product of high quality.