Furano (Furano City, Hokkaido)

富良野 (北海道 富良野市)
Planned season: Saturday 25th November 2017 until Sunday 6th May 2018
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Furano is a famous ski and snowboard resort located on the slopes of Furano-Nishidake in Furano city, central Hokkaido. Furano has two separate base areas and 'zones' - the Kitanomine Zone and the Furano Zone - which are course and lift connected on the upper areas. Skiing in Furano dates back to 1931, with the Number 1 lift installed and opened as Kitanomine in 1962 and the resort being named 'Furano' in 1976. The Furano Zone opened in 1982. Over the years Furano has hosted various national and international events. It is increasingly popular with skiers and snowboarders from overseas.

Furano city is located in the central region of Hokkaido, between the Tokachi and Yubari mountain ranges. Other mountains like those in the Daisetsuzan National Park are within reach of Furano. Furano is a popular year-round tourist destination. Apart from the famous ski resort, the area is famous for its lavender fields and other flowers in the summer months.

Hokkaido is the second largest island of Japan and also the largest and northernmost prefecture (though it is not usually referred to as a prefecture). It has coastlines on the Sea of Japan, the Sea of Okhotsk and also the Pacific Ocean. Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido and was host to the 1972 Winter Olympics. Hokkaido is home to the largest number of ski hills in Japan. While the majority of them are very small, some of the larger ski and snowboard resorts in Hokkaido - mostly found in regions to the west and east of Sapporo - are amongst the most famous in Japan.

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The Mountain

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Furano Course Map

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Furano Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st 130cm - 1st 185cm 170cm 1st - 205cm 1st - 265cm
2nd 140cm - 2nd 185cm 170cm 2nd - 235cm 2nd - 265cm
3rd 140cm - 3rd 190cm 170cm 3rd - 235cm 3rd - 265cm
4th 140cm - 4th 190cm 170cm 4th - 235cm 4th - 255cm
5th 150cm - 5th 190cm 170cm 5th - 235cm 5th - 255cm
6th 150cm - 6th 190cm 170cm 6th - 235cm 6th - 255cm
7th 150cm - 7th 190cm 170cm 7th - 235cm 7th - 255cm
8th 150cm - 8th 190cm 170cm 8th - 235cm 8th - 255cm
9th 150cm - 9th 190cm 170cm 9th - 235cm 9th - 255cm
10th 160cm - 10th 190cm 170cm 10th - 235cm 10th - 255cm
11th 160cm - 11th 190cm 170cm 11th - 235cm 11th - 255cm
12th 160cm - 12th 190cm 175cm 12th - 235cm 12th - 250cm
13th 160cm - 13th 190cm 175cm 13th - 235cm 13th - 250cm
14th 160cm - 14th 190cm 175cm 14th - 235cm 14th - 220cm
15th 160cm 130cm 15th 190cm 175cm 15th - 235cm 15th - 220cm
16th 160cm 130cm 16th 200cm 175cm 16th - 235cm 16th - 200cm
17th 160cm 140cm 17th 200cm 175cm 17th - 235cm 17th - 195cm
18th 170cm 140cm 18th - 175cm 18th - 235cm 18th - 175cm
19th 170cm 140cm 19th - 175cm 19th - 235cm 19th - 180cm
20th 170cm 140cm 20th - 175cm 20th - 235cm 20th - 175cm
21st 170cm 140cm 21st - 175cm 21st - 235cm 21st - 170cm
22nd 170cm 140cm 22nd - 175cm 22nd - 235cm 22nd - 170cm
23rd 170cm 155cm 23rd - 185cm 23rd - 235cm 23rd - 170cm
24th 170cm 175cm 24th - 185cm 24th - 240cm 24th - 170cm
25th 165cm 175cm 25th - 185cm 25th - 240cm 25th - 170cm
26th 165cm 175cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 265cm 26th - 170cm
27th 170cm 180cm 27th - 190cm 27th - 265cm 27th - 170cm
28th 185cm 180cm 28th - 205cm 28th - 265cm 28th - 170cm
29th 185cm 160cm 29th - 205cm 29th - - 29th - 170cm
30th 185cm 160cm 30th - 205cm 30th 30th - 170cm
31st 185cm 160cm 31st - 205cm 31st 31st - 170cm

Previous Statistics

Furano Facilities

Ski School: Available Snowboard School: Available
Ski and snowboard lessons are available at Furano. 
Equipment Rental
Ski Rental: Available Snowboard Rental: Available
Ski and snowboard equipment rental is available.
Snowshoes, sledges and wear are also available to rent. 
Children Facilities
Children's facilities
The 'Miffy Ski Camp' is located at the base of the Furano Zone area. There is also a childrens area at the base of the Kitanomine Zone.

The 'Kojima Academy' child care service is available. Reservations in advance are required. 
Park Information
Park information
There are a few park areas in the Kitanomine Area. 

Furano Season & Opening Times

Typical season is from Late November until Early May
October November December January February March April May June July
Weekends and holidays Normally open from 8:30am until 7:30pm
Weekdays Normally open from 8:30am until 7:30pm
'Nighta' (night skiing)
Weekends and holidays Yes
Weekdays Yes
Opening information
Opening information
Furano is generally open from 8:30am until 7:30pm.
Nighta is from 4:30pm until 7:30pm.

Furano Zone: open from Saturday 25th November 2017 until Sunday 6th May 2018.
Kitanomine Zone: open from mid December 2017 until Sunday 25th March 2018.
Nighta: open from early December 2017 until Saturday 24th March 2018.

Furano Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child Senior
60 years & over
1 Day 5,500 yen 4,900 yen
5 Hours 4,800 yen 4,200 yen
3 Hours 4,000 yen 3,400 yen
Sunset + Nighta (1pm-7:30pm) 4,800 yen 4,200 yen
Nighta (4:30pm-7:30pm) 1,800 yen 1,600 yen
1 Lift Coupon 600 yen 600 yen
12 Lift Coupons 5,500 yen
Furano Ropeway one-way 1,300 yen
Furano Ropeway return 1,900 yen
Season Ticket (all) 62,000 yen 40,000 yen
Season Ticket (nighta) 19,000 yen
Season Ticket (from 1st Feb) 40,000 yen
Lift Ticket Information Children up to elementary school age can ride the lifts for free.

The 5 Hour ticket is valid for 5 hours from the time of purchase.

The 3 Hour ticket is valid for 3 hours from the time of purchase.

The Season Ticket charge for Junior High School age children is 40,000 yen.

The Season Ticket charge for Senior High School age children is 49,000 yen.

If using coupons, the Ropeway & Gondola require 3 coupons and the Furano Downhill Number 1 lift requires 2 coupons.

A ‘Premium Season Ticket’ that is valid at all the lifts at the nine Prince snow resorts in Japan throughout the 2017-2018 season is available for 100,000 yen. Available to buy until 15th November 2017. Valid at Furano, Shizukuishi, Naeba, Kagura, Muikamachi Hakkaisan, Karuizawa Prince Hotel, Manza Onsen, Shiga Kogen Yakebitaiyama and Myoko Suginohara.

Getting to Furano

By public transport
3.1km from Furano Station on the Nemuro Honsen Line
Transport Information
The Kitanomine Zone of the resort is about 3km from the main Furano Station on Nemuro Honsen line (the Furano zone base is about 6km from the station).

Furano is about 50km to the south of Asahikawa Airport.

>> More information on getting to Furano by public transport
Various bus tour services to Furano are available.

A taxi from Furano Station takes about 10 minutes and costs about 1700 yen.
By Car
50.4km from the Shimukappu IC on the Doto Expressway
53.2km from the Takikawa IC on the Hokkaido Expressway
62.9km from the Asahikawa Takasu IC on the Hokkaido Expressway
Nearest national route: Route 38 (0.9km away)
Nearest prefecture road: Prefecture Road 800
The ski and snowboard resort of Furano is located to the west of central Furano city.

Approaching Furano from Shin Chitose Airport
Furano is about 125km from Shin Chitose Airport. From the Airport, head north on Route 337 for about 10 minutes (10km) to the Chitose Higashi IC exit of the Doto Expressway. Take the expressway east for around 65km and exit at the Shimukappu IC. At the Shimukappu IC exit, turn right onto Route 237 (also known as the Furano National Highway) and just over 1km further on the road turn right to follow the road north. After about 30km turn left onto Route 38 and follow the road signs into Furano.

Approaching Furano from Sapporo
From the Sapporo IC on the Hokkaido Expressway to the north east of the city centre, travel north east towards Asahikawa, exiting the Expressway at the Takikawa IC. From the Takikawa IC exit, turn left onto Route 38 to head towards Ashibetsu and Furano. Route 38 goes directly through (and beyond) Furano.

Alternatively, exit the expressway earlier at the Mikasa IC and take Prefecture Road 116 for just over 18km and then Route 452 (known as the Yubari National Highway) for just under 24km where there is a right turn onto Prefecture Road 135 to head towards Furano. Although this is nearer in terms of distance and it uses less of the expressway, it can be more of a challenge in mid-winter conditions than the easier drive from Takikawa IC.

>> More information on getting to Furano by car
Parking is available at the base areas of Furano.

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