Furano

Located in the heart of Hokkaido, Furano is nicknamed the “navel town.” Together with the close town of Biei, they are best known for their pleasant and picturesque rural landscapes. The best time to visit is July when the lavender fields are in bloom. During winter, Furano is prime downhill and cross-country skiing territory with world-class slopes. Warmer weather is perfect for river rafting, trekking, cycling, golf and other pursuits.

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Farm Tomita

While there are several flower gardens around Furano, Farm Tomita is the most famous among them owing to its size. Around July, many visitors flock to see the lavender fields decked in purple throughout, as well as other colourful flowerbeds arranged in stripes. The farm boasts nine flower gardens on gentle hills across a total of about 15 hectares. Besides lavender, the farm is home to around 100 species of flowers including poppies, gypsophila, and red salvia. Farm Tomita has a gift shop with lavender-related products. There are also sweets and the famed ice cream lavender. Activities: Flower viewing Fee: None Time required: Minimum 45 minutes

Cheese Factory

At Furano Cheese Factory, visitors can observe the production process of the local camembert type cheese from behind windows. Cheese samples, including those of a black cheese coloured by squid ink, can be tasted in the factory shop. Besides, they can enjoy creating their own handmade Hokkaido Mascarpone cheese using local fresh milk and cream. Besides, it lets visitors Other than that, there is also an ice cream parlour ("ice cream factory") and a pizzeria ("pizza factory"). This facility is like a dairy themed amusement park. (Image via Furano Tourism)

Activities: Factory visit Fee: None Time required: Minimum 45 minutes

Furano Winery

Located on a hill overlooking the town, the Furano Winery is open to the public and includes free wine tasting. Not far from the factory stands the Restaurant Winehouse where you can try the wines in combination with Western dishes. About 1.5 kilometres north of the winery stands also the Grape Juice Factory, where visitors can observe the production process from behind a window and try the tasty grape juice. A small lavender field is also located on the hill. (Image via Matcha)

Activities: Wine tasting Fee: None Time required: Minimum 1 hour

Furano Ski Resort

Furano Ski Resort is one of Hokkaido's famous snow resorts offering an exciting attraction for the cold winter months like skiing, snowboarding, snow rafting, snowmobiling, parasailing and dog sledging. The ski resort consists of two connected peaks, each offering long, fast runs that have been used for World Cup races. There are also several slopes for both beginners and advanced skiers.  At the base of the ski resort stand two large Prince Hotels with rear entrances leading directly into the ski area.

Activities: Winter activities Fee: Depends on activity Time required: Minimum 1 hour

Ningle Terrace

Ningle Terrace is Ningle Terrace, a group of 15 cottages hidden in the woods next to one of Furano’s most popular resorts, New Furano Prince Hotel. Ningle Terrace has been created using natural materials with timber buildings and a beautiful plank walkway around the waterfalls and trees. The forest gives off a beautiful scent with pine trees and the waterfall creating a wonderful atmosphere for wandering around or stopping in the cafe. The cafe serves a range of products including hot and cold drinks, baked milk, cakes and cheese platter and some delicious ice creams.

Activities: Photo stop Fee: None Time required: Minimum 40 minutes

Shikisai Hill

Located in the beautiful, rural town of Biei in Hokkaido, Shikisai Hill is a spacious flower park with various flower fields (including lavender), which can be viewed by walking along the trails, renting golf or buggy carts or by taking a ride on tractor-pulled wagons. Summer is when there are the most flowers. From spring to autumn, you can enjoy colourful stripes of flowers that are drawn over the hills. In winter, snowmobiles are available. Another famous activity is the Alpaca Ranch. You can interact with cute alpacas during any season, and you can even feed them.

Activities: Photo stop Fee: None Time required: Minimum 1 hour

Shirogane Blue Pond (Aoiike)

Located in Biei, the mystical Shirogane Blue Pond gets its name from its unreal looking blue waters. Depending on the weather and the season it can change from a milky light blue to a deep green-turquoise. This artificially created pond was originally built as part of an erosion control system that was built to prevent damage to Biei in case of an eruption by nearby Mount Tokachidake. It is now renowned for its colours and the dead trees that are not baring any leaves in its middle. They add to the enchanting and eerie appearance.

Activities: Photo stop Fee: None Time required: 30 minutes

Nearby Areas

Asahikawa is the second-largest city in Hokkaido after Sapporo, and best known for its natural and urban appeal. Located in the centre of Hokkaido, Asahikawa is popular with travellers for its sightseeing, like the Asahiyama Zoo, and skiing and snowboarding resorts in winter. Asahiyama Zoo is one of Japan’s most famous and best zoos. The local noodle dish, Asahikawa Ramen, is also quite well known.

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