Food & Nightlife
The Furano ski resort (both the Furano side and the Kitanomine village) and the nearby town of Furano have many restaurants and a few bars.
The Furano resort and the town combined have about 100 eateries, with many more of the restaurants situated in town. There are lots of Japanese restaurants where you can get a feel of the “real” Japan. Don’t despair though if you’re not fluent in Japanese. Most of the Furano restaurants have English menus or picture menus; otherwise the staff are happy if you just use sign language and a few common Japanese food terms.
Most of the Furano restaurants have Japanese fare on offer. You can take your pick from a diverse range of food including sushi, noodle bars, izakaya snacks, Mongolian BBQs and curries. You’ll also find a little Western style food in the form of pizza and pasta.
One gorgeous restaurant is Robarta
in Suzuran Dori (a little alley in town with various cute izakayas). The décor is delightfully traditionally as are the staff who don’t speak English and there are no English menus. They heat up your atsukan (warm sake) on the fire in a kettle, and the owner even adds up your bill on an abacus – this is a major step back in time!
In Kitanomine, Yama no Doxon
(Furano Brewery) is a winner for dinner. It’s a pretty cool old building with big log posts and wooden floors, and you can sit on the floor at the massive tables in the big room, or sit at high tables in a couple of other rooms. The English menu covers a range of Japanese and western items, and of course it seems apt to taste the local brew as well.
If you’re a meat lover, head to Lamb Genghis Khan
at Tirol in Kitanomine where you can cook your own food at your table. This place lacks a little charm but the English speaking staff are incredibly friendly.
There are a handful of restaurants within the New Furano Prince Hotel including a sushi restaurant and a classic all you can eat buffet, which seems like a quintessential Japanese ski resort experience.
Furano Bars & Nightlife
There is a degree of Furano nightlife, but it’s fairly low key. If you’re looking for vibrant nightlife then Niseko Hirafu
will suit your needs much better than Furano.
Après drinking opportunities (ie just after the lifts close) are rather limited. You could head to the WhiteRoom Cafe for a beer or make your own fun with your duty free alcohol or Chu-His from the 7-Eleven or vending machine.
In Kitanomine, the Ajito
log cabin bar next to Pension Furanui is worth a visit. This is a little sports bar where you can watch TV and play pool over a few bevvies. They also serve food, although their specialty of Dutch Oven Curry doesn’t sound too appealing!?
The Furano Brewery is also good for bevvies.
bar near the New Prince Hotel is a sedate cigar bar ideal for those staying at the New Furano Prince Hotel. The other option is Top of Furano, a quiet wine bar overlooking the night skiing slopes.
There are a few bars and izakayas in Furano town that are small and cosy, with a wine-bar feel to them. For wine lovers, the Furano whites are surprisingly good.
Or visit the Dream House Kingyo
, a nice karaoke bar where you don’t have to sit in weird soundproof booths. They have a couple of very dangerous all-you-can-drink party plans!