Furano4 out of 5 based on 21 reviews
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Furano Powder
Furano Powder
The Kitamonine side of Furano Japan
The Kitamonine side of Furano Japan
Powder skiing Furano
Powder skiing Furano
Furano Ski Resort has good lift infrastructure
Furano Ski Resort has good lift infrastructure
The town of Furano has lots of cute little restaurants
The town of Furano has lots of cute little restaurants
Furano has fabulous groomed runs
Furano has fabulous groomed runs
Dumping with snow
Dumping with snow
Some of the Furano accommodation is close to the lifts
Some of the Furano accommodation is close to the lifts
Neck deep in pow
Neck deep in pow
More Deep Furano Powder!
More Deep Furano Powder!
Furano Snowboarding
Furano Snowboarding
Furano Ski Resort
Furano Ski Resort
Furano Town
Furano Town
The powder is generally light and dry
The powder is generally light and dry
The side country provides great powder skiing
The side country provides great powder skiing
Furano is a great base to visit other ski areas such as Asahidake
Furano is a great base to visit other ski areas such as Asahidake
Furano Hokkaido
Furano Hokkaido
Or do a day trip to nearby Kamui Links
Or do a day trip to nearby Kamui Links
There are various backcountry skiing areas nearby
There are various backcountry skiing areas nearby
The famous onsen at Tokachidake
The famous onsen at Tokachidake

Furano

Furano Japan

Furano Hokkaido finds a great balance for a Japan ski or snowboard holiday. The Furano ski resort has very well developed amenities and services, but unlike some Japan ski resorts, Furano doesn’t feel too “resortified”. The nearby town of Furano is rather authentic, and both the town and resort provide adequate creature comforts including the ability to cater to English speaking guests, without losing the essence of Japan.

The Furano Ski Resort is a fantastic all-rounder with ski and snowboard terrain for all ability levels, off-piste riding, and quality Central Hokkaido powder.

Furano Ski and Snowboard Terrain

Furano Japan is a large ski resort by Japanese standards (so it’s not huge!), with 9 lifts and 24 courses (ie marked runs) and 974 metres of vertical, which has enabled the resort to be put on the world cup ski racing map.

Furano is renowned for the many long groomed runs for beginners through to advanced riders, and whether you like to cruise or want to zoom down runs at Mach 2 until your eyes water, if you like groomers then Furano skiing is for you. And most of the Furano lifts are fast, so your legs will need to be super fit to last the day!

Furano also has on-piste runs that are left au naturel, with pitch at up to 34 degrees. For advanced and experts the main attraction is the very good off-piste terrain and amazing side-country (easily accessed backcountry) for those with avalanche gear and the know-how.

Furano used to have a reputation for the prohibition of off-piste and tree skiing, and a history of this being policed very strictly. Thankfully this is no longer the case, and off-piste skiing is now permitted in most parts of Furano so you no longer have to appear invisible.


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Furano Snow

Furano receives 9 metres of snow per season on average, which is less than some of the coastal Hokkaido ski resorts such as Niseko and Rusutsu. Nevertheless the Furano powder is still often knee deep, commonly waist deep, and we’ve even experienced it neck deep! And the powder is generally delightfully light and fluffy – this is what Hokkaido skiing is all about!

The Furano weather is generally more pleasant and there are more blue-sky days than at ski resorts such as Niseko.

Where is Furano Ski Resort?

Furano is located in Central Hokkaido, Japan. Furano is 59km south of Asahikawa (about an hour away) and 141km (by road) northeast of Sapporo.

Furano makes a good base for a ski holiday from which nearby ski resorts can be accessed for a day trip such as Kamui, Asahidake and Tomamu, and more deep powder is also available at Sahoro. Or Furano Hokkaido makes a great base to head out on a guided ski tour to nearby backcountry areas.

Furano Accommodation

Furano accommodation consists of mostly western style hotels and pensions. Furano is somewhat unique for a Japanese ski resort in that it also has a small range of self-contained accommodation options such as apartments and houses. Furano is less expensive than Niseko accommodation, and there are lodgings to suit most budgets, although high end accommodation is somewhat limited.

Family Friendly Japan Ski Resort

As outlined on the where to ski in Japan page, Furano is somewhat unique in that it can cater for English speaking kids. Child care is available with English speaking staff and ski lessons for children are available with English speaking instructors. Furano also has various other family friendly activities on offer.

Activities

A Furano ski holiday can also be well supplemented by a range of activities including backcountry ski tours, snowmobiling, onsen tours, ice hole fishing, or dressing up in a kimono if that’s what takes your fancy!?

Summary of Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Furano Japan is very well suited to on-piste riding for beginners through to advanced riders and is a decent sized resort (by Japanese standards).
  • Furano is family friendly and caters reasonably well to English speaking children.
  • It makes a great base to explore nearby ski resorts that are great for powder hounds and guided day trips from Furano are available if booked in advance. And nearby are backcountry areas such as Furano-dake and Tokachidake
  • Most Japanese ski resorts don’t have enough on offer to keep the interest of advanced and expert riders for more than a few days. A powder hound could play at Furano for 10-14 days, especially considering the number of day trip options to chase powder.
  • Furano is one of only a handful of Japanese ski resorts to have self-contained accommodation (e.g. apartments) as well as hotels, pensions and backpackers.
  • Furano isn’t overly westernised. It provides a good Japanese cultural experience particularly in the town of Furano, and there are lots of different Japanese restaurants.
  • Furano accommodation offers good value for money and kids 12 and under ski free.

Cons

  • Furano doesn’t have much in the way of premium or luxury accommodation.

Pro or Con Depending on Your Perspective

  • Due to its central Hokkaido location, the quality of the snow is generally even better than the coastal resorts such as Niseko. The volume of snow is somewhat less, but the upside is more fine weather days.
  • The prohibition of off-piste and sidecountry skiing has been lifted. Whilst you can hit the powder without fear of losing your lift ticket, there are now more people heading into the trees and a lot less freshies on offer.

Tours That May Include Furano

Safari (Road Trip) Tours
Hokkaido Storm Chaser DETAILS
GUIDED STORM CHASING SAFARI
7 Days | 6 Nights | 6 Ski Areas

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Price p/p
USD 2,726 USD 2,726
Book before Aug 31st to receive 40,000 yen discount off the advertised price
Book before Aug 31st to get a 13.8% discount
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Chase the storms and access the deepest and best quality snow conditions on the day in the Otaru area and Central Hokkaido's world famous deep dry powder.
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Hokkaido Explorer Tour DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
12 Nights - 10 Ski Areas - 10 Days Skiing/Riding
From price based on twin/double-share option per person for group tour for 2018-19 season.
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Price p/p
USD 3,842 USD 3,842
Pay by 30 June for super early bird special
4% discount if you pay before June 30
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Based in Niseko Hirafu then Furano then Otaru, chase the best conditions and snowfall at 7 of Hokkaido's best ski areas and lesser known ski areas including Niseko, Rusutsu, Moiwa, Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, Mt Racey and Tomamu.
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Hokkaido Unplugged DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY ADVENTURE
10 Days | 9 Nights | 7 Ski Areas
From price based on twin/double-share option for 2017-18 season.
Base/invoice currency is in JPY in taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 3,375
Ability: Advanced to Expert
So you have had a taste of Japan powder and you are now ready to get away from the crowds and find the best of Hokkaido. This tour visits some epic sidecountry and backcountry areas in Hokkaido.
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Single-Base, Multi-Ski-Area Tours
Le Grand Ultimate Powder Tour DETAILS
GUIDED & HOSTED POWDER TOUR
9 Nights | 8 Ski Days | 5+ Resorts
From price based on twin/double-share room.
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Price p/p
USD 3,495
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
Chase the powder in & around the Furano area with qualified guides for 8 epic days. The package also includes quality accommodation with daily breakfast located in the heart of the Furano ski area village plus all lift tickets at up to 5+ ski areas, all private ground transport & welcome & farewell dinners.
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Central Hokkaido Tour DETAILS
FULLY GUIDED & HOSTED TOUR
10 Nights | 8 Days Skiing/Riding
From price based on twin/double-share group option for 2018-19 per person.
Base/invoice currency is in AUD inc taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 2,895 USD 2,895
Full payment required by June 30 2018
Pay before June 30 for 5 - 7.5% discount
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Avoid the crowds and revel in the renowned Central Hokkaido powder at Furano, Asahidake, Kamui Links, and hidden gems such as Pippu, Sahoro, Mt Racey and Tomamu.
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Furano Guided Tours DETAILS
GUIDED DAY TRIPS AT/FROM FURANO
PRIVATE GROUPS of up to 6 guests
From price based on guided single day tour in Furano (private groups only of 6) in low season for 2018-19. If you are a solo the cost is 6 x that shown.
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Price p/p
USD 94
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Expert
If you are in Furano with a group and want fresh tracks, head out with a Furano ski guide (or snowboard guide) at Furano or at one of the nearby ski areas or go backcountry touring with a guide. PRIVATE GROUPS ONLY of up to 6 guests i.e. you cannot join a group.
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Backcountry Skiing Tours
Daisetsu Backcountry Tour DETAILS
GUIDED BACKCOUNTRY TOURING
9 Nights | 7-8 Days Touring
From price based on twin/triple-share option for group tour for 2019 season. Min 4 guests required to run tour.
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Price p/p
USD 2,888
Book and pay by June 30th 2018 to get $200 off advertised price
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Explore Central Hokkaido's largest national park on this fully flexible backcountry touring adventure. Stay in traditional ryokans, soak in natural hot springs and ski the deepest powder on earth! What else could you ever need?
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High Earnings DETAILS
BACKCOUNTRY POWDER CHASING
9 Nights | 8 Guided Days
From price based on twin/triple-share with breakfast 2018-19 season.
Price per person for a group of 5. Base/invoice currency is in JPY inc taxes.
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Price p/p
USD 2,905
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Enter the powder room! Visit some of Hokkaido's most remote locations and best backcountry zones. This trip has a backcountry touring focus and the skins will probably go on every day but your group will be within reach of ski resorts if the weather isn`t suitable for touring or the lift accessed pow looks too good!
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Powder Belt Backcountry Tour DETAILS
BACKCOUNTRY TOURING WITH LIFT ASSIST
8 Nights | 7 Days Skiing/Riding
From price based on twin/triple-share option for 2018-19 season. Min 4 guests required to run tour.
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Price p/p
USD 2,965 USD 2,965
Super early bird. Pay in full by June 30 to get $200 off the price
5% discount off advertised price if you pay by June 30
Ability: Advanced to Expert
Explore Central Hokkaido's endless backcountry under your own steam as well as using the lifts. Perfect for those that don't want to hike all day and/or those relatively new to backcountry touring. Based in Furano, explore different ski areas each day.
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Cat Skiing Tours
Otoe Day Cat Skiing DETAILS
DAY CAT SKIING PACKAGES
Mixed Group or Private Group
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Base/invoice currency is Japanese Yen
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Price p/p
USD 395 USD 395
Book before Sept 30th 2018 and pay by Oct 15th to get discount
Book before 30th Sept to get 10% to 16.7% off advertised price
Ability: Strong Intermediate to Advanced
Amazing Central Hokkaido powder and only a max of 11 other guests to share all the powder with. The Otoe cat tour package includes a full day of guided cat skiing and transport to/from Furano (if required)
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