Furano (Furano City, Hokkaido)

(北海道 富良野市)
Planned season: Saturday 21st November 2020 until Wednesday 5th May 2021
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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 90cm 85cm 1st 164cm 168cm 1st 175cm 175cm 1st 259cm 221cm
2nd 101cm 79cm 2nd 170cm 187cm 2nd 178cm 173cm 2nd 260cm 213cm
3rd 104cm 84cm 3rd 164cm 199cm 3rd 190cm 187cm 3rd 266cm 208cm
4th 108cm 110cm 4th 165cm 212cm 4th 220cm 207cm 4th 266cm 211cm
5th 107cm 128cm 5th 196cm 212cm 5th 223cm 212cm 5th 260cm 208cm
6th 98cm 130cm 6th 184cm 206cm 6th 225cm 208cm 6th 250cm 211cm
7th 93cm 130cm 7th 175cm 195cm 7th 225cm 204cm 7th 265cm 211cm
8th 117cm 140cm 8th 174cm 192cm 8th 225cm 215cm 8th 258cm 210cm
9th 117cm 143cm 9th 170cm 176cm 9th 224cm 207cm 9th 258cm 210cm
10th 107cm 138cm 10th 164cm 173cm 10th 225cm 202cm 10th 247cm 200cm
11th 104cm 120cm 11th 167cm 172cm 11th 225cm 201cm 11th 248cm 192cm
12th 101cm 105cm 12th 169cm 174cm 12th 225cm 196cm 12th 244cm 204cm
13th 100cm 152cm 13th 160cm 182cm 13th 228cm 195cm 13th 238cm 200cm
14th 123cm 125cm 14th 166cm 182cm 14th 225cm 183cm 14th 230cm 200cm
15th 150cm 128cm 15th 174cm 181cm 15th 215cm 188cm 15th 231cm 217cm
16th 145cm 130cm 16th 174cm 176cm 16th 230cm 197cm 16th 220cm 217cm
17th 142cm 130cm 17th 160cm 177cm 17th 243cm 180cm 17th 210cm 225cm
18th 142cm 113cm 18th 160cm 184cm 18th 243cm 186cm 18th 225cm 216cm
19th 160cm 134cm 19th 166cm 174cm 19th 243cm 193cm 19th 225cm 216cm
20th 151cm 140cm 20th 171cm 178cm 20th 247cm 206cm 20th 225cm 197cm
21st 146cm 143cm 21st 171cm 180cm 21st 267cm 214cm 21st 238cm 222cm
22nd 155cm 146cm 22nd 167cm 189cm 22nd 232cm 204cm 22nd 235cm 225cm
23rd 143cm 151cm 23rd 172cm 182cm 23rd 250cm 197cm 23rd 235cm 220cm
24th 143cm 150cm 24th 170cm 177cm 24th 270cm 226cm 24th 230cm 220cm
25th 141cm 152cm 25th 161cm 187cm 25th 280cm 220cm 25th 236cm 220cm
26th 153cm 157cm 26th 160cm 191cm 26th 280cm 220cm 26th 233cm 220cm
27th 174cm 143cm 27th 157cm 191cm 27th 282cm 215cm 27th 230cm 220cm
28th 170cm 155cm 28th 167cm 186cm 28th 273cm 215cm 28th 226cm 220cm
29th 175cm 155cm 29th 150cm 183cm 29th - 221cm 29th 223cm 220cm
30th 186cm 150cm 30th 166cm 174cm 30th 30th 211cm 215cm
31st 175cm 145cm 31st 172cm 172cm 31st 31st 205cm 215cm

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 'Waku Waku Snow Land Family Snow Land' area is located at the base of the Kitanomine Zone. Open from 12th December 2020 until 31st March 2021 from 9:00am until 4:00pm. 
Park Information
Park information

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.
Night skiing is officially from 4:30pm until 7:30pm.

Furano Zone: planned opening from Saturday 21st November 2020 until Wednesday 5th May 2021.
Kitanomine Zone: planned opening from Thursday 24th December 2020.

Night skiing in the Furano Zone from early December 2020 until 20th March 2021.
Night skiing in the Kitanomine Zone from 26th December 2020 until 6th March 2021.

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 2020-2021 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.

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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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