Industrial Tourism in Japan
ASAHIKAWA DESIGN CENTER 旭川デザインセンター Japan Style – Introduction of industries for buyers –
Products from approximately 30 member companies of the Asahikawa Furniture Industry Cooperative are on display. Visitors can see the latest designs of Asahikawa and their appeal.
Feel the charm of locally sourced materials
This is the booth of a custom-made furniture brand, “gauzy calm works”, which is run by members in their thirties or younger. Many of the items on display are made by utilizing locally sourced materials and solid wood with knots, like the ones shown here.
Both major brands with nationwide presence and individuals that run workshops
Arflex, originally an Italian furniture maker, relocated its sofa production department to Asahikawa. A wide variety of items are gathered here, from major brands as well as artisans who work individually.
The furniture industry of Asahikawa grew together with the development of the city. The actions to constantly convey its information and serve as a connecting point to the world have begun.
A shop that brings together furniture from designers in the Asahikawa area
The Asahikawa Design Center is a shop run by Asahikawa Furniture Industry Cooperative. Highly unique products from about 30 furniture makers in Asahikawa are on display. The Asahikawa area manufacturers were encouraged to make furniture for their dwellings. It is one of the major lumber distribution centers in Japan and flourished with the production of cabinets as marriage furniture (luxury cabinets that parents of the bride buy as wedding gifts), but such needs decreased significantly due to changes in lifestyles. The industry has been searching for ways to develop new paths since the 1990s, led by the Cooperative.
Attempts to build new relationships with the world they found connections with through competitions
One of these is the “International Furniture Design Competition”, which has been held once every three years since 1990. Furniture makers refined their skills by making prototypes based on designs from in and out of the country and helped the city grow as a town of designer furniture. “Asahikawa Design Week” continues to take place in June every year to hold exhibitions and deliver information on furniture. Similar contents are on permanent exhibition at the Asahikawa Design Center. The International Operation Department, established in 2015, plays a role as a window to the world, providing support for negotiations between manufacturers, buyers, and developers.
Asahikawa, located in the center of Hokkaido, is the second largest city in Hokkaido after Sapporo. Furniture production sites spread across the basin, including adjoining towns Higashikawa-cho and Higashikagura-cho.
ABOUT THE VISIT
- Visitation Hours : Mon to Sun (including holidays), 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
*Closed during year-end and new years holidays and Bon holiday (mid-August). Please ask for available dates.
- Number of Visitors Allowed : Up to approximately 30 people
- Time Required for Observation : Approximately 1 hour
- How to Apply : If visiting in groups, apply for the desired date and time of visit by email at least one week in advance, and include the purpose of the visit
- Other : If a guide is not necessary, visitors can drop by any time during opening hours (open Monday to Sunday, including holidays, from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm).
The area centered around the Taisetsu volcanic group, including Mt. Asahi (2291m), the highest mountain in Hokkaido, is called “The Roof of Hokkaido” and is popular among mountain climbers. “Shujitsu no Oka Hill”, located southeast of Asahikawa Airport, is a famous viewing spot.
Biei no Oka Hill
A hilly area that spreads across both sides of the JR Furano Line. In summer, one can enjoy the view of various flowers such as potato blossoms, covering the hill like patchwork. The best time to view this scenery is the end of June, when the “Asahikawa Design Week” is held.
A zoo known to display animals in ways that bring out their natural behavior. There is a tubular water tank in which seals swim up and down. Animal feeding “Mogu Mogu Time” and penguin walks in winter are popular.
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- Japanese, English
- Company Name
- Asahikawa Design Center
- 10-chome 1-35 Nagayama 2-jo, Asahikawa-shi
- Tel 0166-48-4135 Fax 0166-48-4749
- Number of Employees
- 7 people
- Representative Director Naoyuki Watanabe
- Business Description
- Exhibition and sale of products made by member companies of Asahikawa Furniture Industry Cooperative
- Chairs, tables, cabinets, sofas, beds, lighting fixtures, tableware, interior goods, toys, etc.
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