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 49,000 yen, however, discount tickets are typically available for between 14,000 and 25,000 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, the Furano-Biei Norokko, a special train for tourists, operates along the Furano Line. In 2022, there are three round trips on weekends between June 11 and August 28 and everyday from June 18 to August 14. The train carries nostalgic cars with wide windows and unreserved and reserved seats. Seat reservations cost a 830 yen supplement, but are free for JR pass holders. The train stops at the temporarily constructed Lavender-Batake Station, a short walk from Farm Tomita.
The 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 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 which run during the summer months. They make scheduled stops at popular sightseeing spots, but do not provide tour guides:
- Biei View Bus (June 11 to October 10, 2022)
Starting and ending at Biei Station, these buses run once per day along two courses around Biei. The tours take around three hours and cost 3000 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 (June 11 to August 28, 2022)
Starting in Furano or Asahikawa, these bus tours visit various attractions around Furano and Biei. The tours last around six hours and cost 5000 to 6000 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 (2022 details to be announced)
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. This 2-star hotel offers ski storage space, luggage storage space and free WiFi. The hotel has family rooms. At the hotel, the rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Hotel Hanafuji Inn provides some rooms with mountain views, and the rooms come with a kettle. All rooms at the accommodation have air conditioning and a wardrobe. An American breakfast is available each morning at Hotel Hanafuji Inn. The area is popular for skiing, and car hire is available at the hotel. Furano City Office is 8 km from Hotel Hanafuji Inn, while Prince Snow Resort Furano is 10 km from the property. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 36 km from the accommodation.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 accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. Each room includes a shared bathroom equipped with a shower and slippers, while selected rooms are fitted with a kitchen fitted with a microwave. At Winery Hotel and Condominium HITOHANA every room is equipped with bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Guests at Winery Hotel and Condominium HITOHANA will be able to enjoy activities in and around Furano, like skiing. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 45 km from the hotel.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. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The hotel has ski storage space. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The rooms at Hotel Munin Furano have air conditioning and a desk. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet or a ? la carte breakfast. Guests at Hotel Munin Furano will be able to enjoy activities in and around Furano, like skiing. Furano City Office is 1.9 km from the hotel, while Prince Snow Resort Furano is 1.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 45 km from Hotel Munin Furano.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. This 4-star hotel offers a concierge service and luggage storage space. The property has a hot spring bath, free WiFi throughout the property and a 24-hour front desk. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the hotel. La Vista Furano Hills Natural Hot Spring offers 4-star accommodation with a sauna. Furano City Office is 1.3 km from the accommodation, while Prince Snow Resort Furano is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 43 km from La Vista Furano Hills Natural Hot Spring.View on Booking.com
CHALET BURLAP FURANUILocated in Furano, 2.6 km from Windy Garden, CHALET BURLAP FURANUI provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and ski-to-door access. This 3-star hotel offers a ski pass sales point and luggage storage space. The accommodation features a hot spring bath, free WiFi throughout the property and family rooms. Every room comes with a kettle and a private bathroom with a bidet and slippers, while some rooms here will provide you with a kitchen equipped with a dishwasher. At the hotel all rooms have bed linen and towels. Guests at CHALET BURLAP FURANUI can enjoy a ? la carte breakfast. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Furano, like skiing. Furano City Office is 2 km from CHALET BURLAP FURANUI, while Prince Snow Resort Furano is less than 1 km away. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 45 km from the hotel.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
Ryokan SansuiFeaturing free bikes and a garden, Ryokan Sansui is located in Furano, 3.1 km from Prince Snow Resort Furano. Located around 4.1 km from Windy Garden, the ryokan is also 6 km away from Furano Ski Resort. Furano City Office is 300 metres away. The rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV. With a shared bathroom, rooms at Ryokan Sansui also offer free WiFi, while selected rooms also offer a garden view. All guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Guests can make use of the hot tub. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 44 km from the property.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