The center opened in October 2016 and is located in what used to be the Higashikawa Elementary School building. It is a facility that serves as the nexus for cultural exchange, such as international exchanges, Japanese Language School activities, and other locally run activities, and also focuses on sharing Higashikawa’s “photo culture”, “furniture design culture” and “Daisetsuzan culture”. In addition, there is an accommodation facility attached to the center that can be used in the case of natural disasters and other emergency situations.
The center is also a key location for the town’s cultural and art-related activities. There are displays of wooden sculptures and craft works, which Higashikawa is noted for, Asahikawa Furniture, which is well known for its superior design and functionality, and paintings and other works of art.