Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street - Hokkaido

Located in 41-28, 8-Chome, Asahikawa City in Hokkaido Prefecture, Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street (平和通買物公園) is a pedestrian-only shopping park that is known for its numerous stores, restaurants, and artworks. 

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Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street

Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street details

Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street was built sometime in the 1970s. After its completion, it became the first pedestrian shopping street in Japan. Its name Heiwa (平和) means peace.

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Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street -Asahikawa City, Hokkaido Prefecture

This shopping street measures a kilometer long and is conveniently located across the JR Asahikawa Station. There are numerous restaurants, shops, and souvenir stores found in Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street or very close to it. 

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There are a lot of shops here that you might be interested in

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The map of Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street

Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street isn't called a shopping street for no reason. There are several malls here like Feeeal Asahikawa, Marukatsu, and Seibu. There are also some 100-yen stores like Seria in Feeeal Asahikawa and Can*Do. There are also pre-loved clothing shops like Represent and Sider Apparel. 

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I got to visit on a wet day. Most of the shops were closed too because of the pandemic.

If you get tired and hungry while shopping, then you should try one of the dozens of restaurants in and around Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street. Although it is not really along the shopping street, there is an alley nearby that still has that Showa Era vibe called Furarito. During my visit, I tried the Shoyu Ramen at Hachiya Ramen, one of the most famous ramen restaurants in the city. There are also several yakitori and izakaya restaurants in the alley. 

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Furarito

Asahikawa Manhole Cover

Hachiya Ramen

Hachiya Ramen's best seller Shoyu Ramen

If you still have energy, you can bring your friends to one of the karaoke places in Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street like karaoke Utaya or Karaoke Hall Asahikawa. 

Some artworks in Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street

Young Woman

Saxophonist and his cat

Asahikawa Heiwa Dori
Young Woman Summer

Image of Pioneering

Birdman's Score

Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street
Hands

Ishikari Summer

Falcon Monument

For those who prefer art, there are also several displays along Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street like the Hands by Kiuchi Reichi and the most photographed Saxophonist and his Cat by Crokawa Akihiko. As a matter of fact, there are 27 artworks all in all. These are found in Heiwa Shopping Street until Tokiwa Park.

I got to visit Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street last November 21, 2021 (Sunday) which was my 3rd weekend here in Hokkaido Prefecture. It is also my 20th day as an Assistant Language Teacher (ALT).

Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street Entrance Fees

It's FREE to enter and explore Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street. Make sure to bring money to shop and dine though.  

Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street Operating Hours

Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street is open 24 hours but the stores and restaurants here have different operating hours. 

Why visit Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street?

There is a plethora of stores and restaurants in Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street. It offers visitors a wide variety of products and food that they might want to try to buy. Aside from that, Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street is just a stone's throw away from Asahikawa Station.

Getting to Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street 


From Sapporo City, you can ride a train or a bus going to Asahikawa Station. From there, cross the street to Asahikawa Heiwa Shopping Street. 

JR Lilac-Kamui Train Fare: 5220 yen / Travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Bus Fare: 2300 yen / Travel time: 2 hours and 30 minutes

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