Furano City is located in central Hokkaido, between the Tokachi and Yubari mountain ranges. Furano is a popular year-round tourist destination. Apart from the famous ski resort, the area is famous for it's lavender fields and other flowers.
The Kitanomine base of the ski resort is located about 3km from Furano Station and just 1km from Route 38 at it's nearest point, while the Furano base is around 6km from the station.
Getting to Furano by car
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.
|Chitose Higashi IC to Shimukappu IC
|| 1,860 yen
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.
>> Takikawa IC to Furano: about 53km
>> Sapporo IC to Furano via Takikawa IC: about 134km
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.
>> Mikasa IC to Furano: about 64km
>> Sapporo IC to Furano via Mikasa IC: about 106km
To avoid the expressway altogether, take Route 12 from Sapporo towards Mikasa/Takikawa.
|Sapporo IC to Mikasa IC
|| 1,270 yen
|Sapporo IC to Takikawa IC
|| about 81km
|| 2,310 yen
From Asahikawa City to the north of Furano, head south using Route 237. Furano is clearly signposted from Asahikawa.
>> Central Asahikawa to Furano: about 58km
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||Distance from Sapporo JCT
|New Chitose Airport IC
|| Sasson Expressway
|Asahikawa Takasu IC
||Distance from Chitose JCT
|| Hokkaido Expressway
|Chitose Higashi IC
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>> Hokkaido Expressway
>> Doto Expressway
>> Nemuro Honsen
>> On the above map click on the resort name and train line for more details
Getting from Furano to nearby snow resort regions
|| Approximate distace by road
|| General directions
|Furano to Daisetsuzan Kurodake
Head up to Asahikawa City using Route 237 and then take Prefecture Road 140 towards Aibetsu. At Aibetsu join the Aibetsu Kamikawa Road and continue to Kamikawa Sounkyo. Exit the road and get onto Route 39 and head towards Sounkyo.
|Furano to Niseko, Rusutsu and Kiroro
The Niseko resorts are located to the west of Sapporo city just over 200km from Furano.
The most convenient way to get there is to take the Hokkaido Expressway back to Sapporo, changing over to the Sasson Expressway at Sapporo JCT. After about 35km, exit the expressway at Asari IC exit. Turn right at the exit, and after a few hundred metres turn right again onto Prefecture Road 956. After about 4km, turn left onto Route 393 (also known as the Askaigawa National Highway).
The road turn off for Kiroro resort is about 17km along this road.
For Niseko (and Rusutsu), continue on Route 393 towards Kutchan which is clearly signposted.
>> SnowJapan Niseko Travel Guide - By car : By train
Additional Furano resources on SnowJapan
For detailed information on how to get to Furano by train and public transport, please go to this section.
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