Furano

 

Furano is one of the best places in Hokkaido for an authentic powder filled ski holiday or guided tour.

Located in the exact geographical centre of Hokkaido, Furano is known for its champagne light powder, long runs and bluebird days. Without the same crowds as some of the bigger resorts in Hokkaido, Furano has retained an authentic Japanese charm exhibited throughout town, with its interesting sightseeing and après ski options including a huge variety of restaurants and bars. Furano is also a very family friendly resort, with its international ski school and children’s facilities. What’s more Furano makes a great base to check out the resorts of Central Hokkaido. Click on the tabs below for more information.

 

‘Furano is where you go to escape the crowds and enjoy traditional Japanese culture, great powder and still get fresh tracks at the end of the day.’


To experience what Furano really has to offer book a day or three with one of our Whiteroom Ski or Snowboard Guides. Better still book onto one of Guided Furano Tours such as our popular Central Hokkaido Tour. Furano has arguably the longest fall line skiing of any resort in Japan, but you’ll never get to really experience this unless you book a ski guide. We’ve been guiding in Furano for 9 years now and know it like no one else.

Don’t forget to drop into the Whiteroom Cafe & Apre Bar located across the road from the Kitanomine Gondola for an Allpress coffee or Sapporo draft!

Furano is known as the little town with the big ski resort. It is located in the exact geographical centre of Hokkaido and is known for impressive amounts of snowfall, bluebird days, calm weather and stunning views. The resort has a good variety of terrain suitable for all levels including fun family areas, blue groomers and steep powder. The town at the base of the mountain is a great place to explore after skiing enabling you to have not only a cultural experience, but one which you’ll remember to be so much more than a snow trip. Highlights include English speaking snow schools and childcare, a family snow activity park, local restaurants, cultural events as well as weekly shuttle buses to Asahidake, Kamui and Tomamu. Want to escape the Niseko crowds? Furano should be on your hot list!

FURANO RESORT STATS

Season: November – May
Altitude: 1209m
Terrain: Beginner 40% / Intermediate 40% / Advanced 20%
Lift system: 11 lifts
Vertical: 974m
Longest run: 5.5Km
Average Snowfall: 15m
Terrain Parks: small

Asahidake is one of the most popular touring locations in Hokkaido, due to the easy access to above tree line terrain given by the Ropeway at the bottom of the volcano (top height 1600m) and the fame of the mountain itself, which at 2290m is the highest in Hokkaido. Short hikes are often required along the ridges at the summit and there is the option of hiking around the active volcano. Once at the bottom, all roads lead to the Ropeway but if you do happen to veer off the well groomed runs a short hike may be needed to return to the lift.

ASAHIDAKE RESORT STATS

Season: Mid Dec – May
Altitude: 2291m
Terrain: Beginner 50% / Intermediate 0% / Advanced 50%
Lift system: One 101 person tram
Vertical: 1191m hiking
Longest run: 3.5km
Average Snowfall: 15m
Terrain Parks: NA

Tomamu strikes a cord with all who ride its mountains. With arguably the best in-bounds powder skiing in Hokkaido you’ll be wanting to come back for more. Mt. Tomamu at 1239m, offers skiers and snowboarders a wide variety of runs catering to all abilities. With 11 lifts, Tomamu has some great options. It also offers skiers and boarders an awesome park and off-piste section which is roped off from the rest of the crowd.

TOMAMU RESORT STATS

Season: Mid Dec – May
Altitude: 1210m
Terrain: Beginner 30% / Intermediate 40% / Advanced 30%
Lift system: 10 including 1 gondola and 1 magic carpet
Vertical: 670m
Longest run: 4.5km
Average Snowfall: 15m
Terrain Parks: NA

Kamui is a small ski resort set on its own, 1.5 hours north of Furano. With 7 lifts accessing a network of wide open cruises as well as powder filled trees and gullies, you’ll feel like your riding your own private mountain as crowds here a virtually non-existent. Combine that with one of Japan’s most open ski area policies, and there is enough here to suit every kind of skier and boarder.

KAMUI RESORT STATS

Season: Dec – Late Mar
Altitude: 735m
Terrain: Beginner 50% / Intermediate 0% / Advanced 50%
Lift system: 7 including 1 gondola
Vertical: 585m
Longest run: 3.5km
Average Snowfall: 15m
Terrain Parks: NA

Our Furano Tour office is located in Whiteroom Apres Cafe & Bar across the road from the Kitanomine Gondola in Furano. (see map on the next tab)

From our base in Furano we can also take you to one of 7 resorts in the Central Hokkaido area. Choose from Asahidake, Kamui, Tomamu, Sahoro, Pipu, Yubari & Kurodake. Each resort offers something different for every level of rider/skier. All resorts are between 45min-1.5hrs away (Kurodake 2hrs) and each has their own distinctive weather system, so if the weather is not cooperating in one ski area more often than not it will be either fine or at least manageable in another.

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PRICING & INCLUSIONS

FURANO – ¥55,000

TOMAMU, KAMUI, TOKACHIDAKE – ¥60,000

ASAHIDAKE, SAHORO, YUBARI, PIPU, KIRORO  – ¥65,000

KURODAKE, KOKUSAI, TEINE – ¥70,000

BACKCOUNTRY TOURING DAYS – ¥65,000/¥70,000

CAT SKIING OPTIONS – Price on application

 

Guided days include:

  • Your own qualified guide
  • Accommodation pick-up/drop-off (7:30-8am / 4-6pm) and transportation to the resort of choice
  • Flat rate – maximum of 6 clients per guide.
  • Group of 7 permitted with tail guided – ¥25,000.
  • 8 people and above 2 guides needed

 

Guided days do not include:

  • Avalanche Safety Gear (beacon, shovel, probe and backpack) – ¥2000 per person per day
  • Lift passes
  • Ski/SB equipment
  • Assurances on the days weather

 

NOTE: If you booked a certain ski resort and the lifts are shut that day we will offer up another resort. If all available resort options are closed we will try to reschedule another day (if available), or offer you a full refund