Furano, in the centre of Hokkaido, is one of Japan’s best snow destinations for skiers and boarders of all abilities. Boasting 170 hectares of mixed terrain, plenty of deep dry powder, and two areas to ski or board from, you can enjoy this mountain from late November right through to mid-March. On and off the snow, Furano has plenty of activities as well as a great après scene to keep you entertained day and night. The apartments, restaurants and facilities can be a little spread out from the ski zones at Furano so book your accommodation carefully.
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AccomodationKitanomine village is where most of the restaurants and bars are as well as loads of accommodation. However, much of it spreads out from the village centre so be sure to choose wisely – some hotels and apartments require shuttles to and from the ski areas and facilities; others require a walk ranging from just a few minutes to 15 and there is also ski-in-ski-out accommodation. The Furano ski zone has a ski-in-ski-out hotel, and while it is removed from Kitanomine village, there is a shuttle to get you around. There are no shuttles to and from the township of Furano – if you choose to stay here you will need a hire car.
Skiing & Boardingall abilities, from beginners through to advanced. There are two ski and board areas at Furano – Kitanomine and Furano itself – and at the base of each, you’ll find great areas for beginners along with long wide runs to take them to the next level. Kids under 12 ski free. Intermediates and advanced skiers and boarders will find plenty of challenges higher up with a number of perfectly groomed slopes and steeps. If you book in with a guiding company, you’ll love the untracked powder to be found in the side and back country. From Furano it’s easy to find a guide to take you on a day trip to the ski fields of Asahidake, Kurodake, Kamui Ski Links, Sahoro and Tomamu. If you’re heading to Asahidake and Kurodake make sure you are with someone who has experience in the area.
ActivitiesImmerse yourself in everyday Japanese life when you wander the streets of Kitanomine village or, jump in a taxi and head to the town of Furano. Here you’ll get a real taste of Japan with plenty of authentic shops, restaurants and bars to enjoy.
Getting There & AroundTo get to Furano fly into New Chitose Sapporo Airport or Asahikawa airport, which is a closer option and has daily flights from Narita and Haneda. Buses are available to get you to your destination from the airports – Furano is a one hour by road from Asahikawa and three hours from New Chitose. It is also possible to travel by train from Sapporo or Asahikawa.
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Aoi is located an 8-minute walk from Prince Snow Resort Furano in Furano, while Windy Garden, Furano Ski Resort and Furano City Office are all reachable within 1.4 km. Free WiFi is offered throughout the property. Onsite laundry facilities, parking, Wifi.
Bliss & Bless Furano is 2 bedroom self-contained house style accommodation conveniently located in the Kitanomine area in Furano. The property lies in close proximity to the main street and some bus stops, restaurants and convenient stores and is within walking distance to the ski gondola station. Onsite complimentary wifi, parking.
Luxury apartments ideally located 50m from the Kitanomine gondola. Well-appointed apartments with western kitchens, TV/DVD and PlayStation 3, spa baths, heated toilet, washer/dryer and wireless internet. Onsite wifi, in room washer & dryer.
Furano Lofts offers beautifully detailed, contemporary accommodation uniquely situated to enhance your experience of Furano. Located just minutes from the ski lifts in Furano’s most exclusive alpine neighborhood, with views of the Furano valley and the stunning Tokachi mountain range. Furano Lofts’ five-star, fully self-contained 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, and luxury 3 bedroom short-stay ‘Chalet at Furano Lofts’, have set a new standard of accommodation and service excellence in Furano. European appliances. Western-style bathrooms. Plush king, queen and single size beds. Onsite Complimentary ski shuttle and resort orientation services, daily maid service.
Enveloped by the grand natural beauty of Hokkaido, Furano is a resort which you can enjoy year-round. A relaxing resort hotel boasting 112 guest rooms, superb amenities, furnishings, bath facilities, and a brand new interior. Guests can rent ski equipment on site and walk to Furano Ski Resort’s Kitanomine Ski Zone in just a 10 minutes. Onsite hot spring, restaurant, wifi available in lobby.
New luxury apartments located 350m from Gondola station and within walking distance to dining and bars. Downtown shuttle bus stop within a few minutes walk. Onsite in-room washer & dryer, free wifi, parking.
2 Bedroom apartments located 3 minutes walk to the Gondola Station and easy walking distance to dining and bars. Downtown shuttle bus stop close by. Onsite free wifi, parking, in-room washer and dryer.
Located at the base of Furano Ski area, it offers true ski-in/ski-out luxury. It is the only hotel at the base of Furano with the other accommodation and village located at the Kitanomine base. While remote, the New Prince is surrounded by restaurants and bars and is only 10 minutes from the main downtown area. Onsite 5 restaurants, bars, onsen, kids arcade, internet access, ski rental shop, souvenir/general store, Ski School, ski tubing, arts and crafts village.
A perfect mix of Japanese tradition and Western comfort! The rooms are affordable, comfortable and cosy, the dining excellent and the staff friendly and welcoming. Complimentary guest shuttle to the lifts and downtown. Backcountry day trips available. Onsite 2 restaurants, winery, common laundry, drying room, onsen, lounge, bar with pool tables, ski/snowboard rental, free shuttle to lifts/downtown.
Exclusive, quiet, modern boutique guest rooms, 100m from the lifts. Western style rooms with ensuites. Onsite restaurant, lounge, ski storage, guest laundry.
Located in the main hotel area in Furano resort within the walking distance to restaurants, cafes, bars, ski rental shops, ski tour companies, child-care, convenience store, bus stops, and ski gondola station. Onsite wifi and parking.
Tsuru Apartments are just 300 metres from the Furano ski slopes, offering spacious western-style apartments with a kitchen, washer/dryer. Onsite Free Parking, Free WiFi, courtesy shuttle to lifts each morning.
Cozy self-contained 2 bedroom house located 500m from the Gondola. Easy walking distance to dining, bars and downtown shuttle bus stop. Onsite laundry, parking and wifi.