• Furano promenade

Furano

Flower fields and skiing in Hokkaido

Furano is a city located on the island of Hokkaido, in the Kamikawa sub-prefecture. To get there from Tokyo, the easiest way is to fly directly to Asahikawa (1h40 flight time), then to Furano by train (JR Furano line), which is still about 1 hour 40 minutes away. Otherwise, Furano is very easily accessible from Sapporo, the capital of Hokkaido Island, 2 hours by train. You can even take a special train, such as the Furano Lavender Express or the Furano Biei Norokko Train.

Furano is famous for its lavender fields in summer, and its skiing in winter.

Indeed, from May to October, Furano will undoubtedly seduce nature lovers through its fields of tulips, rapeseed, poppies, lupins, and other varieties. Throughout the summer, the floral culture colours its valleys bordered by mountains, offering a pleasant landscape full of joy and scents as well as a magnificent view of Mount Tokachi. In July, lavender blossoms attract tourists from all over the country and the world. One of the largest lavender fields in the region is located at the Tomita farm, open to visitors, where you can also visit a lavender essential oil distillery. Also, not to be missed: the panoramic flower gardens of Shikisai no oka.

Furano also has many culinary specialities based on lavender: lavender ice cream, lavender tea, lavender cake… The region is also known throughout Japan for the quality of its milk: for cheese lovers, the Furano cheese dairy is a must. You can enjoy milk and cheese ice-cream!

The Furano market, near the station, gives you the opportunity to buy locally produced products.

Furano is also known for its glass work, particularly blown glass and ice crystals (shibare garasu).

The other part of the year, from November to May, Furano is frequented for its ski area Furano Ski Resort with one of the most famous ski areas in Hokkaido with its 24 slopes divided into two ski areas. The Sancho-eki ski resort, located at an altitude of 900 metres, is renowned for its beautiful views of the surrounding mountains.

The most beautiful views of Furano are as follows: Flower Land Kamifurano (which can be visited by tractor bus between June and September), Kanno farm, and the blue bridge of Biei.

Furano in Japan map

General informations

In japanese : 富良野

Region : Hokkaido

Prefecture : Hokkaido

Population : 22,000 inhabitants

Density : 36 inhab/km²

Link : Official website

  • flower fields in Furano

  • view of the Furano landscape

Where to sleep in Furano

among the most valued hotels
Hotel Naturwald Furano

Naturwald Furano

The children-friendly hotel, Hotel Naturwald offers a play area for kids and accommodations with free Wi-Fi and mountain or city views. Guests can enjoy the public baths and request for relaxing massages. Ski Resort Kitanomine Zone is only a 5-minute walk away and Train Station is a 10-minute drive away.

New Furano Prince Hotel

New Prince Hotel

Located right on the Furano Ski Resort, New Prince Hotel offers 8 restaurants/cafés, free Wi-Fi at the lobby and free wired internet in rooms. Train Station is a 12-minute drive away.

Furano Natulux Hotel

Natulux Hotel

Featuring a restaurant and hot public baths, the modern Natulux Hotel is only a 1-minute walk from Train Station. Rooms include both free Wi-Fi and wired internet, and a glass-wall bathroom. The property has received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame 2011-2015 Award.

Furano Prince Hotel

Prince Hotel

Offering a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi access at public areas, Prince Hotel is located a 10-minute drive from Train Station. Guests can rent ski equipment on site and walk to Ski Resort’s Kitanomine Ski Zone in just a 10 minutes.

Furano Hotel

Furano Hotel

Boasting hot-spring baths and French dinners, Furano Hotel is 2.5 km from Kitanomine Gondola Terminal. The spacious rooms offer lavender garden views, a glass-wall bathroom and free wired internet access.

among the best rentals
Focus Furano Management Service

Focus Management Service

Focus Management Service offers multiple cottages and holiday home accommodation fitted with Western bedrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and private bathrooms. All properties feature free Wi-Fi.

Chalet Fuyuri

Chalet Fuyuri

Just a 1-minute walk from Kita-no-Mine Gondola Station at  Ski Resort, CHALET Fuyuri offers apartment-style accommodations with a living room and kitchen. Free wired Wi-Fi is available and guests can sit on the spacious sofa and watch DVDs on the flat-screen TV. A free shuttle is available from Train Station, which is a 10-minute drive away.

Tsuru Apartments

Tsuru Apartments

Offering spacious apartments with a kitchen, washing machine and free Wi-Fi, the completely non-smoking Tsuru Apartments is just 300 m from the ski slopes. Skiing lessons and barbecue facilities are available.

Forest View

Forest View

Just 397 m from Kitanomine Gondola Terminal, Forest View boasts spacious apartments with a full living room, dining area, and kitchen. Free Wi-Fi and a washing machine/dryer are provided.

Fresh Powder Apartments

Fresh Powder Apartments

Across the street from the Kitanomine Gondola Terminal, Fresh Powder Apartments include a full kitchen, spacious bathroom and flat-screen TV with Playstation 3. Free Wi-Fi and free parking are provided.

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Transportation

Furano being a small city, taxi or bicycle rental remain the best ways to travel in the city.

If you want to go further, you can take the train from Furano Station to:

  • Gakuden
  • Shikauchi
  • Nakafurano
  • Lavender Batake
  • Nishinaka
  • Kamifurano
  • Bibaushi
  • Biei

Access

Nearest Airport : 

  • Asahikawa Airport

Main station :

  • Furano Station