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BY AUTOMOBILE. Coming into Asahikawa from either north, Katami, or from the south, Sapporo, on the expressway, take the Kita Asahikawa off ramp. when you come to the traffic light after the toll booth turn right and. continue straight for 9.8 kilometers. On this stretch there are only two stop lights and when you get to the first stop sign, turn right .This intersection has a farming road straight ahead,mostly closed in winter and another road on the right that goes off at 45 degrees, take the full 90 degree right turn.. Another 1.2 kilometers will brink you to another stop sign, also turn right and one hundred meters on, we are the first buildings on your left.


Coming into Asahikawa from the airport or from the east, Furano, take the highway 37 circle route around Asahikawa and when you pass under the expressway continue as described above.


Coming from Asahikawa take either Route 39 or Route 40 north, when you get to highway 37 turn left and when you pass under the expressway continue as described above.


Coming from Asahikawa take either Route 39 or Route 40 north, when you get to highway 37 turn left and when you pass under the expressway continue as described above.


NOTE. For those who are addicted to their car navigators, the machines themselves are incredibly accurate, but they are only as good as the information programmed into them. In very rural areas such as we live in, that programming can be pretty poor. No one has found us yet using only their navigator, and different models have missed us by 700 meters to three kilometers. On one occasion, when the person phoned first so we were expecting them, we watched them drive by us while we were waving frantically their, eyes glued to their navigator which said we were 700 meters down the road.
The directions from the expressway are simple and the easiest way to find us, GPS notwithstanding. 


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BY TRAIN: coming into Asahikawa from either south, Saporro, or east, Furano, when you leave the station go straight out the doors to the highway,and on your right are bus stops. Wait at the number three stop for your bus. See bus schedule.

MORNING SESSION:  (Bus cost is ¥510 per person)

We suggest you catch the 10-10 Route bus leaving at 8:45am and arriving inTakasu at 9:22am or if you miss that one,take the bus leaving at 9:20 am and arriving at 9:54 am.

AFTERNOON SESSION: We suggest the 10-10 route bus leaving at12:35 pm and arriving in Takasu at 13:12 or 12:55 pm and arriving in Takasu at 13:29 Or if you miss that one, the bus leaving at 13:20 and arriving at 13:57 pm.

We include the return bus schedule so if you have a train or plane to catch we can take you to the right bus. Taking the later of the busses suggested will not shorten your time with us.

Once you are on your bus, stay on until the end of the line in Takasu. The bus will turn off the road in front of a Municipal building. We will pick you up there, in a van with a dog sledding sign. How will I recognize you? Ninety five percent of the time I do a pick up, our customers are the only ones getting off the bus. How will you know me? Not only will I most likely be the only one standing there, I will be the only Caucasian you have a seen since you got off the train

NOTE. many of our customers come by car, so we only make the 8.5 km. trip to the bus station when we are expecting you and have confirmed that you have caught the bus. Please call us as soon as you know that you have missed the bus we expected you on. We will then meet the next bus and extend our schedule so you still get the full service.

NOTE. Most but not all foreign pocket phones work in Japan. There is a pay phone in the lobby of the building at the end of the bus line in Takasu. If for some reason we are not there to pick you up, because you did not confirm being on the bus or we could not reach your pocket phone or your hotel changed and we could not reach you there, call us and we will pick you up in ten or fifteen minutes.

For Bus riders

As you enter the bus, take a ticket from the dispenser for each person.

When you arrive in Takasu, you should see this building on the left side of the bus, thru the front doors on your left is a heated waiting room with toilets. 

inside building
bus passenger
waiting room

To pay as you leave the bus, there is a change dispenser and collection machine next to the driver, you  can change a 1000¥ bill.

Or change a 500 or100¥ coin.

Deposit the correct fare with the ticket into the hopper.

On your return to Asaikawa, if you are riding back to the train station your fare will be the same as when you arrived. If you are getting off sooner, to return to your hotel or other reasons, look up and to your left at the flat screen over the exit. As you were riding back from the end of the line, pay the largest  amount shown on the screen. 

The fare from the Asahikawa bus station to Takasu 10-10 is (¥510) per adult and (¥260) per child under (12y~1y) years of age.

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