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Furano - resort blessed with beautiful nature

Furano Basics

Furano, located at the heart of Hokkaido Island in Japan, is filled with great blessed nature. Each beautiful four season gives you totally different, but amazing natural world. Furano has a great powder snow ski resort in winter, and beautiful lavender farms in summer. In Autumn, trees changes their leave's color to the bright red and yellow with great contrast. Many movies and tv drama's have been taken in this city just because Furano is the fantastic nature world.

In winter, natural hot spring combined with backcountry ski mountains are just 1 hour away by car. It would be one of the most wonderful days in your life with taking backcountry tours, then taking natural hot spring and eating and drinking at some dinings in Furano downtown. Snow activities such as snow mobile, hot air balloon ride, ice hole fishing, snow trekking, banana boat, snow rafting, and more, are available to make your holiday in Furano more exciting, and unforgettable.

Furano locals have the warm welcome heart to all the people coming to this town. They have ski host & mountain guide system for the first time in Japan, meeting guests at the base of Furano ski resorts. Also, Furano Tourism Association holds the cultural live performance, tea ceremony, Japanese traditional dress "kimono" trial, and more for you to experience Japanese & Furano culture.

In summer, many local festivals, including famous "Belly-Button Dancing Festival", entertain you with fantastic fire works. Hot air balloon, and river rafting in this nature resort like Furano will be your fantastic memories in Furano.

The origin of the city name

The name of Furano is derived from the Ainu word "Fu-ra-nui," that means "odorous flame." That is because the upper stream of Furano River are located on Mt. Tokachi-dake, that goes off sulphuric gas.
* There are some theories about the origin of the city name of Furano, and this is the one commonly believed.

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Geographical Location

Furano is located in central Hokkaido island, and is called the belly button of Hokkaido, at a latitude of 43º20'31" north and a longitude of 142º22'56" east. Furano stretches rectangular shape, which is 32.8km of from east to west and 27.3km from north to south. Mt. Tokachi-dake of the Taisetsu Mountain Range, and Mt. Ashibetsu-dake of the Yubari Mountain Chain surround Furano Area.

Furano location on map

The size of Furano city is 600.73km², which is the eighth largest among 34 cities in Hokkaido. Asahikawa city, which is the second biggest city in Hokkaido, is just 1 hour away by train/bus/car from Furano. You can live in Furano with filled with great nature, and easily reach to the big cities when you would like and need something you cannot get in the small town.
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Climate

Furano has four seasons which shows you totally different kinds of views in each season. The middle of April to the middle of June would be Spring. The middle of June to the middle of September would be Summer. The middle of September to the end of October would be Autumn. November to the middle of April would be Winter.

Furano has vast temperature ranges between - 30°C between January and February in winter season and 30°C in July and August in summer season. There is also some much of difference of temperature between day and night in Furano. This temperature difference makes Furano's agricultural products taste good. Check the weather now in Furano at snow-forecast.com.

Average temp. Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High -7 -4 3 14 20 21 25 24 22 15 3 -3
Low -17 -17 -8 2 6 10 16 17 12 8 -4 -10

ATM & Currency Exchange

Japanese yen cash can be withdrawn at Seven Bank ATMs in seven-eleven, 24hrs convenience store, located in the main hotel area. This ATM's instruction is available in English, Chinese, Korean, and Portuguese. Furano post office also has ATMs with bilingual system. Resort Inn North Country provides the Foreign Currency Exchange services. Yen Converter

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Summer in Furano - lavenders, flowers, and outdoor activities

Many local festivals, such as "Lavender Festival", "Fireworks Festival", and the famous summer event, "Belly-Button Dancing Festival", entertain you with local's passion and welcome mind. Hot air balloon, and river rafting in this nature resort like Furano will be your wonderful memories during your holiday in Hokkaido.

Belly-Button-Dance Festival in Furano
Flower farms    
Farm Tomita
Farm Tomita
Saika Farm
Saika Farm
Shikisai Hill
Shikisai Hill
Kanno Farm
Kanno Farm
Flower Land
Kamifurano
Flower Land Kami-Furano
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Sightseeing places    
Cheese Factory
Cheese Factory
Furano Winery
Furano Winery
Ningle Terrace
Ningle Terrace
Jam Factory
& Anpan-man shop
Jam Factory
Outdoor Activity
Asobiya / Alpine
Alpine outdoor activity
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Sightseeing transportations and recommendations in summer
Many kinds of sightseeing places are in Furano area. Check out some of popular ones here.
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Kururu Bus goes around sightseeing places in Furano. You can get on and get off at any bus stop with one or two days pass. This bus runs from the mid-June to the mid-August.
Norokko Train available to reach to the limited period opened station next to Farm Tomita, Lavender Station.
Also,
Furano Shuttle Bus takes you to Furano Winery, Rokkatei, Grape Juice Factory, and Farm Tomita.
This bus runs in July and August. There are some Onsen (hot-spring) and sightseeing combined bus tour now. Please enquire at your convenience.

Furano Cable Car (Ropeway) is FOR FREE to ride for international visitors!

Recommended sightseeing place - "Ningle Terrace" for all seasons
All About Furano recommends "Ningle Terrace" to be put in your list to visit in Furano. This place is the place where you can feel that you are actually in the nature world, Furano! There are around ten small wooden houses, and each one has unique hand-crafts for your souvenir in Furano. It opens from around noon to 8:45pm or so, and the best timing to visit there is the evening time after the sun goes down and they light up nicely.

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Winter in Furano - powder snow world for skiing and snowboarding

There are 2 ski zones in Furano ski resort, which are "Kitanomine Zone" & "Furano Zone", (Furano Ski Resort) connected at the middle of each mountain. Furano ski season usually starts late November,and finishes around early May. The best powder ski period would be from January to March. You can experience the amazing powder snow world here in Furano! If you would like backcountry skiing, Mt. "Asahidake", "Kamui", "Kurodake", & "Tokachidake" are just within around an hour away by car from Furano. Also, "Tomamu Ski Resort" is one and half hours away. There are some ski tour companies in Furano, that take you to those powder mountains around Furano. Enjoy powder snow in Furano.
Furano ski schools >
Furano Snow School
Furano International Snowsports School

Furano Zone
Late November - Early May
Kitanomine Zone
Middle December - Late March

Furano Zone

Kitanomine Zone

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Central Hokkaido Day Tours

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Featured accommodations in Furano - promotions available

Forest View
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Forest View - Luxury Apartments in Furano - Front

Forest View - luxury apartment style accommodation
2 units of 2 bedroom apartments | Free wifi internet
Near from Furano ski run | Good access to flower farms
Good restaurants and cafes around | English speaking staff
No Smoking facility
- Summer Rates - min. 2 nights
48,000yen/unit/night ( 2 nights )
46,000yen/unit/night ( 3 nights )
42,000yen/unit/night ( 4 nights or longer )
> More Details on the official website

Kashiwa House Furano
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Kashiwa House Furano - Townhouse in Furano - Exterior

Kashiwa House Furano - newly refurbished townhouse
1 bedroom (1F) | 2 bedroom (2F) | Free wifi internet
Near from Furano ski run | Good access to flower farms
Good restaurants and cafes around | English speaking staff
No Smoking facility
- Summer Rates - min. 2 nights
63,000yen/house/night ( 3 bedroom unit )
46,000yen/house/night ( 2 bedroom unit )
28,000yen/house/night ( 1 bedroom unit )
> More Details on the official website

Mori no Nakamatachi
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Mori no Nakamatachi - a family owned backpackers rental house

Mori no Nakamatachi - friendly family cottage
A family owned cottage | Free wifi internet
Near from Furano ski run | Good access to flower farms
Good restaurants and cafes around | English speaking support
No Smoking facility
- Summer Rates - min. 2 nights
38,000yen/house/night ( 2 nights )
35,000yen/house/night ( 3 nights or longer )
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