Tourism in East Asia

Ashibetsu, Japan

Ashibetsu, called the "Stardust City," is located on Japan's northernmost island, Hokkaido.  It is home to Canadian World, a theme park where visitors can experience the setting of the classic novel Anne of Green Gables.  It's a little-known fact outside Japan that this novel is extremely popular in that country.  The city also offers a ski resort and an attraction called Kita no Miyako ("Capital of the North"), which features a water park, spas, and the world's largest statue of the Buddhist deity Kannon.

Reading Connection
Canadian World is mentioned in the article "Foreign Country Theme Parks: A New Theme or an Old Japanese Pattern?" by Joy Hendry.

For More Information
Basic information on Ashibetsu
Ashibetsu City Homepage (In Japanese)
A plan for a day trip to Ashibetsu
Information on and pictures of Canadian World (In Japanese)

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