FURANO

 

Furano

Nestled in the centre of Hokkaido, the picturesque town of Furano offers an authentic Japanese experience. Furano benefits from over 9 metres of snow each season and sees more blue sky powder days than most resorts in Japan.

The mountain is divided into 2 linked zones and the terrain consists of long groomed trails, challenging steeps and open ungroomed powder fields.  Backcountry restrictions have been relaxed in recent years providing access to some great powder bowls and tree runs.

If you’re looking for great skiing coupled with a cultural experience, then Furano is the place for you. Make the most of the free ski host services; these guides will fill you in on local history as well as recommending somewhere delicious for dinner.

Known for:

  • Local culture
  • Family friendly

Resort Stats

Season December to April
Average Snowfall 9 metres
Elevation 1,065 m
Vertical Drop 820 m
Ski Area 470 acres
Terrain Park Limited park & pipe
Ski Lifts 11
Terrain 40% beginner, 40% intermediate, 20% advanced

Accommodation

Accommodation is available in both ski zones and Furano town. The Furano Prince Hotel and New Furano Prince Hotel dominate the accommodation scene in Furano. Just as the title indicates, the New Furano has been built more recently and offers ski-in/ski-out convenience. The Furano Prince Hotel is older but is located in the centre of town, providing great access to bars and restaurants.

Apartment style accommodation is also available in Furano, however it books out early. We’d recommend booking 6 months prior to travel.

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How to get there

Fly

The best airport to access Furano is Sapporo Chitose. When flying from Australia one stopover is required, the fastest route is via Tokyo (either Narita or Haneda airports) and then on to Sapporo Chitose (CTS). The direct flight from Sydney arrives into Haneda airport, whereas any direct flight from Melbourne or Brisbane arrives into Narita airport. Flight time to Tokyo is approximately 10 hours and 1h 35mins from Tokyo to Sapporo Chitose.

The city of Tokyo makes a great stopover destination; the city is full of culture and history while still offering an unlimited amount of shopping, dining and entertainment options. We recommend 3 days to enjoy all this city has to offer. 

Another option is to fly via Hong Kong. Flight time to Hong Kong (HKG) is approximately 9h 30mins and 4h 45mins from Hong Kong to Sapporo Chitose (CTS). This city delivers a unique mix of East meets West and is home to some of the best cuisine around. We recommend 3 days to explore the city.

You can also fly from Sapporo airport to Asahikawa airport, located only an hour’s drive from Furano. However, the airport is small and therefore the cost of flights may be considerably higher than booking a transfer direct from Sapporo to Furano.

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Drive

The drive from Sapporo Airport to Furano is approximately 2 h 15mins. Shuttle or private transfers are available - it’s important to note that if your flight arrives into Sapporo after 5pm or departs from Sapporo before 12.30pm a private transfer is required. Transfer shuttles are also available between Asahikawa airport and Furano, drive time is approximately 1 hour.

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Inter-resort

Daily transfers to Tomamu and Kamui can be organised at the Furano Visitor’s Centre.

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