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The Blue Pond (青い池, Aoiike) outside the hot spring town of Shirogane Onsen is named after its deep blue color which it owes to natural minerals dissolved in the water. Not promoted as a tourist spot until recent years, the pond is part of an erosion control system that was built to prevent damage to Biei in case of an eruption by nearby Mount Tokachidake.

Besides a parking lot, the pond has not seen much touristic development. It takes visitors 5-10 minutes to walk through the forest to the pond. Around the pond there is not much to do other than to enjoy the scenery, which also includes some concrete structures of the erosion control system.

Getting there and around

The Blue Pond is located along Prefectural Road number 966, which connects central Biei with Tokachidake Onsen via Shirogane Onsen. A parking lot (500 yen per car) is located next to the road from where the pond can be reached in a 5-10 minute walk.

Buses between Biei Station and Shirogane Onsen stop at Shirogane Aoiike Iriguchi (白金青い池入口) bus stop along the way. The one way ride from Biei Station to the pond takes 20 minutes and costs 550 yen one way. There are only five round trips per day.

In summer, the blue pond also gets visited by some Biei View Bus and Round Trip Bus sightseeing buses which depart from Biei and Furano stations respectively.

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    • Hotel Hanafuji Inn
      Budget-friendly
      Situated 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, 36 km from the hotel.
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    • Winery Hotel and Condominium HITOHANA
      Mid-range
      Located 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 HITOHA 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.
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    • Pension Lavender
      Budget-friendly
      A 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.
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    • Hotel Munin Furano
      Mid-range
      Situated 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.
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    • Hostel Tomar
      Mid-range
      Hostel Tomar is set in Furano, the hostel is 300 metres from Furano Station is 300 metres. Guests at the hostel will be able to enjoy activities in and around Furano, like skiing. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 36 km from the property.
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    • La Vista Furano Hills Natural Hot Spring
      Luxury
      Situated 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 S 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.
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    • CHALET BURLAP FURANUI
      Mid-range
      Featuring a shared lounge, ski-to-door access and views of garden, CHALET BURLAP FURANUI is located in Furano, 2.6 km from Windy Garden. With a restaurant, the 3-star hotel has air-conditioned rooms with free WiFi, each with a private bathroom. The hotel features family rooms. All rooms have a kettle, while some rooms here will provide you with a kitchen with a dishwasher, a microwave and a stovetop. At the hotel every room comes with bed linen and towels. Guests at CHALET BURLAP FURANUI can enjoy a ? la carte breakfast. The accommodation offers a range of wellness facilities including a hot spring bath and a sauna. Guests at CHALET BURLAP FURANUI will be able to enjoy activities in and around Furano, like skiing. Furano City Office is 2 km from the hotel, while Prince Snow Resort Furano is less than 1 km away. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 45 km from CHALET BURLAP FURANUI.
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    • Hotel Naturwald Furano
      Mid-range
      The 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.
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    • Furano Natulux Hotel
      Luxury
      Featuring 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 women’s bath includes a hot-stone spa (ganban-yoku), while the men’s 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.
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    • petit hotel MELON Furano
      Budget-friendly
      Furano Ski Resort Kitanomine Zone is only 30 metres away, while the nearest local bus stop is 40 metres from the property. JR Furano Station is a 5-minute drive, while Kaze no Garden (Windy Garden) and Furano Wine Factory are both a 7-minute drive away. Farm Tomita is around a 10-minute drive. Guests benefit from free WiFi on site, and guest rooms come equipped with air conditioning, a fan and rack. Some have a private bathroom and toilet, while others share them with other guests. The friendly staff on site speak English and are also able to advise travel plans.
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