How to travel between Furano and Tokyo
JAL and Air Do operate multiple flights per day between Tokyo's Haneda Airport and Asahikawa Airport near Furano. The regular one way fare by JAL is around 45,000 yen, however, discount tickets are typically available for between 17,000 and 23,000 yen. The fares by Air Do are typically around 20 percent lower than those by JAL. Buses connect Asahikawa Airport with Biei (15 minutes, 380 yen) and Furano (60 minutes, 790 yen).
The journey from Tokyo to Furano by trains involves transfers at Shin-Hakodate-Hokuto, Sapporo and Takikawa, takes about 10 hours, costs around 30,000 yen one way and is fully covered by the Japan Rail Pass.
Above fees and schedules are subject to change. Be sure to check current yen exchange rates.
Four municipalities, Furano City, Nakafurano Town, Kamifurano Town and Biei Town, make up the area commonly referred to as Furano and Biei.
Because attractions are spread over the entire region and public transportation is rather poor, a rental car is the recommended means for getting around. There are a few rental car outlets around Furano Station, and even more of them at Asahikawa Airport and in central Asahikawa.
Alternatively, cycling is an attractive way of getting around. Rental bicycles are available for typically 200 yen per hour for a regular bicycle and 600 yen per hour for an electrically powered bicycle. Do not underestimate distances. Furano and Biei, for example, are over 30 kilometers apart from each other.
The JR Furano Line connects Furano with Biei and Asahikawa. Trains run roughly once per hour, and the one way trip between Furano and Biei takes about 40 minutes, costs 750 yen and is covered by the Japan Rail Pass and Hokkaido Rail Pass. During summer, most trains stop at the temporarily constructed Lavender-Batake Station, a short walk from Farm Tomita (in 2021, only the Furano-Biei Norokko trains stop there).
During summer, the Furano-Biei Norokko, a special train for tourists, operates along the Furano Line. In 2021, there are three round trips everyday from July 1 to August 15, and on weekends and national holidays from August 21 to September 20. The train carries nostalgic cars with wide windows and unreserved and reserved seats. Seat reservations cost a 530 yen supplement, but are free for JR pass holders.
The regular bus network around Furano is rather poor, and many sights and flower farms are not served by public transportation, at all. One bus line of general interest is the Lavender-go bus, which connects Asahikawa Station with Asahikawa Airport, Biei and Furano once every 1-2 hours.
Sightseeing buses are numerous around Furano, but a lot of them run only in summer and do not target foreign tourists. Relatively easy to use by foreigners are the following three tourist buses that run during the summer months. They make scheduled stops at popular sightseeing spots, but do not provide tour guides:
- Biei View Bus (June 19 to October 10, 2021)
Starting and ending at Biei Station, these buses run once per day along a variety of courses around Biei. The tours take around three hours and cost 2600 yen. Reservations can be made via the internet (until four business days in advance) or at the tourist information office in front of Biei Station until shortly before departure, as long as vacant seats are available.
- Round Trip Bus Tours (daily from June 19 to August 15, 2021, and on weekends and national holidays from August 21 to September 20, 2021)
Starting and ending in Furano (and one in Asahikawa), these buses run along three main courses around Furano once per day, with two also visiting Biei (and the option to disjoin the tour in Biei). The tours last 5-7 hours and cost 4000 to 5000 yen. Reservations are possible via the internet (until one day in advance) or at the tourist information office in front of Furano Station (until just before departure), as long as vacant seats are available.
- Furano Kururu Bus (2021 operation details unknown)
This sightseeing bus serves two courses around Furano per day, departing from and ending at Furano Station and stopping at some of the sights around Furano. A ticket for the bus tour costs 2500 yen, and online reservations are possible until one day before departure.
Hotel Hanafuji InnSituated in Furano, 11 km from Windy Garden, Hotel Hanafuji Inn features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. 8 km from Furano City Office and 10 km from Prince Snow Resort Furano, the hotel provides ski storage space. The air-conditioned rooms provide a mountain view and come with a desk and free WiFi. At the hotel, the rooms include a wardrobe. All rooms in Hotel Hanafuji Inn are fitted with a flat-screen TV and slippers. An American breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. The area is popular for skiing, and car hire is available at Hotel Hanafuji Inn. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 30 km from the hotel.View on Booking.com
Winery Hotel and Condominium HITOHANALocated in Furano, 2.8 km from Windy Garden, Winery Hotel and Condominium HITOHANA provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking and a shared lounge. 2 km from Furano City Office and 1.2 km from Prince Snow Resort Furano, the hotel features ski storage space. The property offers a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi is available throughout the property. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms offering a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. Guest rooms include a shared bathroom, slippers and bed linen. A buffet breakfast is available daily at Winery Hotel and Condominium HITOHA. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Furano, like skiing. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 37 km from Winery Hotel and Condominium HITOHANA.View on Booking.com
Pension LavenderA 10-minute taxi ride from JR Furano Train Station, the completely non-smoking Pension Lavender offers a homely lounge with a wood-burning stove and a large flat-screen TV. The heated rooms have free Wi-Fi. The simply furnished, Western-style rooms at Lavender Pension have a lamp and a nightstand. Matching floral patterns decorate the beds and curtains. Some rooms have a private bathroom. The pension is 4 km from Furano Ski Resort and a 25-minute drive from Farm Tomita. Asahigaoka Park is 1.7 km away. On-site parking is free. Free tea and instant coffee are provided at the lounge, and the terrace offers mountain views. You can enjoy a DVD or use the free Wi-Fi, and slippers are provided. Luggage storage and safe deposit are available at the front desk. A Western breakfast set is served at the dining room, which has tall windows and potted plants.View on Booking.com
Hotel Munin FuranoSituated in Furano, 2.4 km from Windy Garden, Hotel Munin Furano features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a garden. This 3-star hotel offers ski storage space, a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi. The hotel has family rooms. The hotel offers a buffet or ? la carte breakfast. Hotel Munin Furano offers a terrace. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Furano, like skiing. Furano City Office is 1.9 km from Hotel Munin Furano, while Prince Snow Resort Furano is 1.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 37 km from the hotel.View on Booking.com
La Vista Furano Hills Natural Hot SpringSituated in Furano, 4.4 km from Windy Garden, La Vista Furano Hills Natural Hot Spring features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking and a shared lounge. The 4-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and free WiFi. The hotel has a hot spring bath and a 24-hour front desk. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. All rooms in La Vista Furano Hills Natural Hot S are fitted with a flat-screen TV and a hairdryer. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the accommodation. La Vista Furano Hills Natural Hot Spring offers 4-star accommodation with a sauna. Furano City Office is 1.3 km from the hotel, while Prince Snow Resort Furano is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 36 km from La Vista Furano Hills Natural Hot S.View on Booking.com
CHALET BURLAP FURANUIFeaturing a shared lounge and ski-to-door access, CHALET BURLAP FURANUI is located in Furano, 2.6 km from Windy Garden and 2 km from Furano City Office. Featuring a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The hotel features family rooms. All units in the hotel are equipped with a kettle. At CHALET BURLAP FURANUI every room comes with a wardrobe and a flat-screen TV. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a ? la carte breakfast. CHALET BURLAP FURANUI offers a range of wellness facilities including a hot spring bath and a sauna. Guests at the hotel will be able to enjoy activities in and around Furano, like skiing. Prince Snow Resort Furano is less than 1 km from CHALET BURLAP FURANUI. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 37 km from the accommodation.View on Booking.com
FURANO B&BLocated in Furano, 2.7 km from Windy Garden, and Furano City Office reachable within 2.2 km, FURANO B&B offers a shared lounge, a garden and free WiFi. Every unit features a private bathroom and shower, air conditioning, a flat-screen TV and a fridge. An American breakfast is available daily at the bed and breakfast. FURANO B&B offers a sun terrace. Ski storage space is available on site and skiing can be enjoyed within close proximity of the accommodation. Prince Snow Resort Furano is 1.1 km from FURANO B&B. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 37 km from the bed and breakfast.View on Booking.com
Hotel Naturwald FuranoThe children-friendly hotel, Hotel Naturwald Furano 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. Furano Ski Resort Kitanomine Zone is only a 5-minute walk away and JR Furano Train Station is a 10-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer and slippers. Guests can rent ski/snowboard equipments and ski storage is available at the property. Local products can be purchased at the souvenir shop and a coin-launderette is on-site as well. Strollers can be borrowed and a laptop can be rented at the front desk. Baby diapers are also available. For dinner and breakfast a Japanese/Western-style set menu or buffet is served, depending on the day. Furano Naturwald Hotel is a 15-minute drive from Furano Cheese Factory and Furano Winery. Farm Tomita is a 20-minute drive away.View on Booking.com
Furano Natulux HotelFeaturing a restaurant and hot public baths, the modern Furano Natulux Hotel is only a 1-minute walk from Furano 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. Clean lines and high-contrast colours define the rooms at Hotel Furano Natulux. Each has a satellite flat-screen TV and a tea maker, with a feather duvet for added comfort. The womenfs bath includes a hot-stone spa (ganban-yoku), while the menfs have a sauna. Aroma treatment massages are available for female guests, and a simple massage can be requested for male guests. Asahigaoka Park and Torinuma Park are a 15-minute drive from the hotel. The lavender farms are a 15-minute drive away. Furano Ski Resort Kitanomine Zone is a 10-minute bus ride away. Natural Dining Restaurant offers a daily continental breakfast, as well as Japanese and Western breakfasts.View on Booking.com