Furano (Furano City, Hokkaido)

(北海道 富良野市)
Planned season: Saturday 23rd November 2019 until Wednesday 6th May 2020
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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 Snow Depth Statistics

Official snow depth numbers from the current season and previous season
December January February March
1st - 96cm 1st - 151cm 1st - 184cm 1st - 212cm
2nd - 96cm 2nd - 159cm 2nd - 198cm 2nd - 216cm
3rd - 96cm 3rd - 168cm 3rd - 198cm 3rd - 212cm
4th - 75cm 4th - 166cm 4th - 187cm 4th - 212cm
5th - 65cm 5th - 162cm 5th - 202cm 5th - 198cm
6th - 70cm 6th - 162cm 6th - 215cm 6th - 211cm
7th - 70cm 7th - 179cm 7th - 217cm 7th - 198cm
8th - 96cm 8th - 178cm 8th - 217cm 8th - 195cm
9th - 102cm 9th - 180cm 9th - 214cm 9th - 194cm
10th - 105cm 10th - 187cm 10th - 215cm 10th - 192cm
11th - 106cm 11th - 188cm 11th - 225cm 11th - 193cm
12th - 96cm 12th - 185cm 12th - 218cm 12th - 187cm
13th - 94cm 13th - 174cm 13th - 220cm 13th - 191cm
14th - 94cm 14th - 165cm 14th - 226cm 14th - 191cm
15th - 95cm 15th - 165cm 15th - 236cm 15th - 191cm
16th - 95cm 16th - 165cm 16th - 236cm 16th - 195cm
17th - 112cm 17th - 178cm 17th - 230cm 17th - 193cm
18th - 111cm 18th - 178cm 18th - 249cm 18th - 192cm
19th - 170cm 19th - 189cm 19th - 240cm 19th - 184cm
20th - 150cm 20th - 189cm 20th - 240cm 20th - 180cm
21st - 141cm 21st - 200cm 21st - 223cm 21st - 184cm
22nd - 133cm 22nd - 200cm 22nd - 223cm 22nd - 184cm
23rd - 133cm 23rd - 200cm 23rd - 217cm 23rd - 194cm
24th - 135cm 24th - 199cm 24th - 217cm 24th - 188cm
25th - 154cm 25th - 190cm 25th - 216cm 25th - 188cm
26th - 159cm 26th - 190cm 26th - 216cm 26th - 188cm
27th - 148cm 27th - 185cm 27th - 212cm 27th - 199cm
28th - 162cm 28th - 180cm 28th - 212cm 28th - 214cm
29th - 156cm 29th - 185cm 29th - - 29th - 220cm
30th - 159cm 30th - 177cm 30th 30th - 225cm
31st - 153cm 31st - 177cm 31st 31st - 212cm

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 24th November 2018 until Monday 6th May 2019.
Kitanomine Zone: open from early December 2018 until Sunday 24th March 2019.
Nighta: open from early December 2018 until Saturday 23rd March 2019.

Furano Lift Ticket Charges

Adults Child Senior
60 years & over
1 Day 6,000 yen 5,400 yen
5 Hours 5,200 yen 4,600 yen
3 Hours 4,400 yen 3,800 yen
Sunset + Nighta (1pm-7:30pm) 5,200 yen 4,600 yen
Nighta (4:30pm-7:30pm) 2,200 yen 2,000 yen
1 Point 700 yen 700 yen
2 Points 1,400 yen
3 Points 2,100 yen
12 Points 6,000 yen
Furano Ropeway (return) 2,300 yen
Kitanomine Ropeway (return) 2,300 yen
Season Ticket (all) 66,500 yen 43,500 yen
Season Ticket (nighta) 21,500 yen
Season (from 1st Feb) 45,500 yen
Lift Ticket Information 2019-2020 Season Lift Tickets

Children up to elementary school age can ride the lifts for free.

The 5 Hour ticket is valid for five hours from the time of purchase.
The 3 Hour ticket is valid for three hours from the time of purchase.

The Season Ticket charge for Junior High School age children is 41,500 yen.
The Season Ticket charge for Senior High School age children is 50,500 yen.

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

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 usually costs about 1,700 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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