Facilities & Services
The Furano ski resort
is reasonably well developed with very good services and facilities, especially when compared to many other Hokkaido ski resorts
Furano Child Care
Furano has a child care centre in front of the Kitanomine Gondola (Kojima Academy - Snow Kids Care
) with qualified English speaking staff. The childcare caters for kids 1 to 5 years of age (you can enquire re babies and they may be able to assist). It is recommended to pre-book this service. The childcare can be provided for a half day (2.5 hours) or for the full day (6.5 hours).
In conjunction with FISS (see below), Kojima Academy can also provide a child care/ski lesson combo if you want your child to have a one hour private ski lesson (ski equipment included).
If your Furano accommodation
isn’t near the Kitanomine gondola, there are free transfers available between the New Furano Prince Hotel and Kitanomine, and Kojima Academy also has a pick up service available from other Furano hotels.
Furano Ski School
Furano has a couple of ski schools that cater well to English speaking clients. You should pre-book lessons as English speaking instructors can be in short supply.
The Furano Snow School
offers ski and snowboard lessons for kids and adults in either group or private format. Group lessons are held (in English) for kids ages 6 to 13 in both the morning and afternoon (so you’ll have to pick the kids up for lunch), or private lessons can be provided for children ages 4 and up.
The Furano International Snowsports School (FISS)
also has ski and snowboard lessons from instructors that are fluent in English or are native English language speakers. They only provide lessons in a private format but they don’t charge extra for additional people in the lesson. The Furano International Snowsports School Office is located on the top floor of the Kitanomine Gondola building but they run lessons from either side of the resort.
Furano Ski Hire and Snowboard Rentals
There are various Furano ski and snowboard rental shops located at or near the ski area. The New Furano Prince Hotel has a few rental shops, there’s a small shop in the Furano Ropeway building (Sportpia), another in the Kitanomine gondola building, and Sportpia has another shop near the base of the gondola station. The opening hours for these shops are generally 8:30am to 9pm. These Furano ski rental shops cater well to beginners and intermediate riders.
If you’re looking to rent demo equipment or some fat skis to rip up that deep powder, you might have to scratch around a little bit. The rental shops generally have a few pairs of powder skis but for fatties or backcountry rental gear (beacons, probes, shovels, avalung back packs) your best bet is to head to the Furano Alpine Backcountry Rental Shop. And if you want to rent BCA airbag backpacks or get your BCA compressed air tanks refilled, this is the place to head. The shop is located towards the top of the main street at Kitanomine. They also provide equipment delivery to Asahikawa, Asahidake, Tokachi, Kurodake and Tomamu.
Eating On Mountain
On the hill there are a handful of eateries available. There is one restaurant at the top of the ropeway and two at the base of the ropeway, with Japanese cuisine downstairs and Chinese cuisine upstairs. The Chinese restaurant left us wondering what the difference was between Japanese and Chinese, with similar fare available at both!
If you’ve burned plenty of calories skiing, we highly recommend the bakery next to the New Furano Prince Hotel (Prince Bakery Pan Kobo). They have lots of rolls and buns created in an array of tempting ways. Yummy!
Furano is established enough to have some access to the all important yen, with international ATMs with commands in English. These are at the post office in Furano town and at the 7-Eleven in Kitanomine on the main street, just down the hill from the no. 13. There are also another couple of 7-Elevens in Furano.
Credit cards are accepted for lift ticket purchases, but many restaurants and bars only accept cash.