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Bus to City Hall

People living in Asahikawa sometimes have to go to city hall. City hall is a little bit far from this campus. In addition, the route is a little bit complicated too. Furthermore, there are 2 bus stops near our campus! This article explains which bus you should take.

First I want to remind you that there is NO bus to City hall from 北門9丁目(Hokumon 9 Chome :which is the near the Gym) . There are only buses from 旭町2条10丁目(Asahimachi 2 jo- 10 Chome :which is the near the “Birthday”, the children’s clothing store). You should take the 旭川電気軌道(Asahikawa Denkikidou), not the 道北バス(Dohoku bus). Usually, Denkikdou buses are RED, but sometimes they use a newer decorated bus. Dohoku buses are GREEN.

 

(Both are Asahikawa Denkikidou bus (旭川電気軌道).

 

This is a Dohoku bus: 

 

So far so good, but the No.13 bus of Denkikidou does NOT go to city hall, so you should check the bus number carefully before you ride the bus.

 

The bus fare from Asahimachi 2 jo-10Chome, one way fare is 190 yen, so if you have 380 yen, you can go there and come back. Or, if you have “Asaca” card and already charge the money in it, it’s easy to pay. You can buy it from vending machine in Nishi AEON or the Asahikawa Denkikidou office which is near the train station on Kaimonokouen.

 

This is an Asaca card: 

 

And, here is the time table of the bus from Asahimachi 2jo- 10Chome as of January 2017, so if you forgot the time when the bus will come, please make use of it. (But remember that they can change the time schedule).

I hope this article was useful to you and that you can make it to city hall and back! Have a safe trip! Please leave me any comments or suggestions that you have.

Getting to and from the Asahikawa Station to HUE Asahikawa

In this article, I want to introduce the bus system of Asahikawa and bus stops that matter for your time here. When you come to Asahikawa, it might be hard to find the bus stops and which bus number you should use to go to Hokkaido University of Education at Asahikawa from Asahikawa station. There are three buses to go my university, numbers is 5,14 and 24. But before you hop onto any bus, you need to make sure it is the right company You should use the Asahikawa Denkikido. The bus color is red. The Green buses are a different company (Douhoku bus).

Nowadays, Asahikawa Denkikido has red buses amd ones that are mostly gray as in the pictures above. To get to the university, you should go to number 14  bus-stop which is placed at Asahikawa city 1 jo 8 chome. Now, this building ( please look at the picture below ) in on the construction.

If you are going to Asahikawa Nishi AEON, you also should go to the same bus-stop, but you don’t use the same buses go to my University. You can use the number of buses 3, 14, 24, 33. If you follow the URL, you can know the time the buses leave the station to University or arrive at the station from University.

After reading this, if you don’t understand what to do, then you had better go to ASH. There is the bus informatio center in ASH. ASH is placed at Asahikawa city 1 jo 7 chome. Moreover,  be sure to check when the university opens because one of my friends arrived at the university before it opened and it had to wait outside in chilly Asahikawa.

 

(This diagram is in Japanese but the blue part is the wide area for walking we call kaimono koen and the part at the bottom is the train station. To get to the university you want to use either the Red 5 (for the #5 bus) or the Red 14 (for the #14 bus).  (The numbers are just by coincidence correct).

The following pages are in Japanese:

http://www.asahikawa-denkikidou.jp/hyouji.php?ROSEN=5&BSTOP=167&HOLID=1&DATE=2016-10-30

http://www.asahikawa-denkikidou.jp/hyouji.php?ROSEN=14&BSTOP=51&HOLID=1&DATE=2016-10-30

http://www.asahikawa-denkikidou.jp/hyouji.php?ROSEN=24&BSTOP=51&HOLID=1&DATE=2016-10-30

http://www.asahikawa-denkikidou.jp/hyouji.php?ROSEN=3&BSTOP=51&HOLID=1&DATE=2016-10-30

http://www.asahikawa-denkikidou.jp/hyouji.php?ROSEN=33&BSTOP=291&HOLID=1&DATE=2016-10-30

This page is in English but does not explain how to get to the university:

http://www.asahikawa-denkikidou.jp/h27%20bus%20information.pdf

 

Here’s a diagram of the area around the station in English:

 

International Exchange Opportunities in Asahikawa

Many students want to interact with exchange students or foreigners, but sometimes it is difficult to get information abut it. To help make things easier I am going to explain three opportunities available right here in Asahikawa.

The first is AFS which stands for American Field Service. At AFS, We can get many opportunities to talk or communicate with foreigners there. For example, we can be involved in hosting exchange students as a host family. If you are high school students, you can go to a camp during summer. If you are University students or Vocational school students, you can register as a volunteer of AFS. However, this may be difficult for you live in Hokkaido to do, because this volunteer orientation is held at Tokyo, Osaka, Kyoto, Kanagawa, Nagoya and Hiroshima. If you will be living in one of these places after graduating from high school, you should register for it. If you are interested in it, please go to:  http://www.afs.or.jp/ or AFS’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/AFS-Asahikawa-Chapter/1420047711547322

The second is the Asahikawa International Center. It is located on the seventh floor of Feeeal. This center sometimes holds some seminars and parties to raise intercultural awareness. At some of the seminars, people who have lived in other countries for a few years explain the country and let us sample a food. These are a good chance to learn about other countries and be interested in them. If you are interested in some activities held by Asahikawa International Center, please click the URL. http://asahikawaic.jp/internationalact/index.html

The third is my university. Every day, we hold English Lunch at C407. My English instructor comes almost every day and we have prepared many topics, so if you don’t have topics we talk about, don’t worry about it. Please come spend time with us at c407. Moreover, there are welcome parties for exchange students. There are good chances to talk to exchange students and make friends. It is held at the 生協. If you are students in HUEA, you should check your e-mail from 学務. If you really interested in studying English harder, you had better check GEL program. GEL program means Global Educational Leadership program. Members of them can take lessons in small class. http://www.hokkyodai.ac.jp/hue-gelprogram/

If you are interested in them, please join us.

How to Avoid Falling in the Snow

The winter in Hokkaido is often very cold – especially in northern Hokkaido, but there are strong temperature fluctuations.. And these fluctuations means that the snow turns into ice. In many cases, this will be “black ice” – the sort that you cannot see. So you have to be careful when you are walking around in Hokkaido.

In this article, I want to give you some tips for walking on icy roads.

 

The first way not to slip and fall is to walk using umbrella like a cane. It’s easy to try this method and when it’s heavy snow, you can use umbrella. With this method, you’re killing two birds with one stone.

The second way is to walk like a penguin, this means do not lift the heels of your foot as you walk. Instead, stamp your feet as you are moving forward. By taking small steps, you make it so that you have less of a chance of slipping and falling.

 

In addition, you should avoid the center of the sidewalk, because it is almost always the place with the most ice and therefore the slipperiest.

The last way to avoid falling is to make your steps straight vertically. To do so, use your foot to grab the ground tightly and you might not to slip. Normally, we walk with a diagonal step where we are pushing forward as we hit the ground. If you step diagonally on ice, you will slip to your front because your foot want to move forward.

If you are using these method, it will be harder for you to slip, but that does not mean you will never slip. So, please be careful as walk around in icy Hokkaido. If you are not paying attention, the ice will make you slip and you might be embarrassed by your fall

Reference:

http://www.mylohas.net/2016/01/051907snow_road.html

Mura

If you are seeking a good place to eat Italian food in Asahikawa, one is close at hand. Near the hand fountain at 8 jo 7 chome you will find Mura.The owner host will welcome you to his cozy restaurant. An excellent value for lunch is the set price meal for 980. It includes a tasty green salad, a choice of one of three delicious pastas for the main course, a slice of cheese pizza, and the dessert of the day.Each course is just the right portion and cooked to perfection. You will surely want to add Mura to your list of favorite places to eat.

The hours are from 11:00~14:00 for lunch and 17:00~21:00 for dinner. It’s closed on Mondays.

Student 交流

Earlier this month, I had my students stop by my house for a visit.

Through this, the students got to try some Western cuisine and play some board games. One of my favorite board games is Pandemic — a cooperative game where we try to save the world from a virus, and the students tried it  two times.

GANBI

GANBI is a bar near Hokkaido University of Education Asahikawa.  On 26th of the month, they have all you can eat sagari and horumon  for 1000 yen. (Dr. K note — I will leave as an assignment for a future student explaining these food items!)

Address of GANBI

2948-1, 13chome, nishikimachi, Asahikawa

 

(There’s no website).

This bar open at 5:00 p.m. So, you can use the bar for dinner. And the bar close at 1:30 a.m.

GANBI is used by many students of Hokkaido University Education Asahikawa. It’s especially popular on the 26th since you can eat a lot of meat really cheaply.  Outside of the 26th, it’s mostly a bar used by  office workers.

So, when you enter this bar, you would want to drink beer. For the college student, it’s a little pricey.  The bill usually works out to around 2500 yen.

Hisoka

HISOKA has more than 100 food items and more than 115 drinks on its menu. It faces the street behind the athletic field of Hokkaido University of Education Asahikawa.

Address of HISOKA

11chome, Nishikimachi, Asahikawa in Hokkaido.

This bar open at 6:00 p.m. So, you can go for dinner. And the bar stays open until  2:00 a.m, so you can come late for drinks. The average tab is 2500 yen.

HISOKA is used by a lot of students of Hokkaido University of Education Asahikawa. Regular people from the area also visit too. This bar is used for dates, friends, and families — people of all ages.

When you enter the bar, you might feel  like you are in a foreign country.

I am working at this place. So, I’m looking forward to your visit.

Hamazushi

はま寿司
回転寿司restaurant
Address:旭川市旭町2条4-11-27
11:00~23:00
http://www.hamazushi.com/hamazushi/index.html
Hamazushi is a kaiten zushi (kaiten = conveyor belt ; zushi = sushi). It has sushi from 90 yen per plate. On the weekend, the prices start at 100 yen per plate.

It’s a great place to go with your friends.

There are 194 seats: there are table seats that can seat up to six, and 14 counter seats. You can always get a counter seat without waiting, but you’re going to be facing the sushi conveyer belt. Because 6 people can sit in one table, I usually go there with my family.

Tsutamori

つたもり
Address:旭川市旭町1条6丁目
昼:12:00〜14:30(オーダーストップ 14:00)
夜:17:00〜22:00(オーダーストップ 21:00)
Closed:Every Tuesday
http://tsutamori.net/store.html
We can go there for lunch or dinner. My personal recommendation is to get the one coin lunch because we can eat various set meals for a mere 500yen. They have eat tempura, sashimi and sushi at dinner time.

One of the things I like about is that we can take off our shoes (like we do in our homes) and relax. On the first floor it is tatami private room and on the second floor it is tatami big room which can seat more than  ten people.

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