Around 2hrs drive from Chitose Airport, depending on the weather. This world-class ski area is regarded as having the lightest and driest powder in Japan delivering an average of 9m of snow. An ideal destination for families and offers a quieter more relaxed atmosphere than other resorts. Known for its stable weather and bluebird days, the perfectly groomed runs await beginners and intermediates; while more advanced skiers can challenge themselves on the off-piste powder areas and steeps.
2hrs from Chitose Airport
1,209m above sea level
9m annual snow fall
12 lifts, 1 gondolas & 1 Ropeway
Terrain: ○ 40%,
□ 40%, ◇ 20%
Park & Pipe
December – April
Top 6 reasons to choose Furano
- Light dry powder and blue bird days
- Abundance of varied terrain for all levels
- English speaking service providers
- Furano town is culturally rich and major tourist centre
- A wide choice of restaurants and bars
- Variety of hotels, pensions and apartments
Reasonably priced, offering ski-in/ ski-out hotels, local pensions, lodges and a growing number of western style apartments/ chalets. All accommodation is within close walking or shuttle bus distance to the lifts and main areas of the village and town.
Getting to Furano
The Kitanomine zone provides good terrain for all levels, especially for beginner and intermediates and a good selection of on mountain dining and amenities.
The Furano Zone provides good terrain for all levels and has a few more challenging runs for more advanced. It also has a good selection of on mountain dining and amenities.
Lift Passes / Night Ski
The All Mountain lift pass gives you access to both ski zones. During the peak season, Furano offers skiing from 8:30am to 8:00pm every day. Night skiing is a spectacular way to spend an evening and an amazing view of Furano Town as you ski/ ride.
The resort is starting to open some off-piste access and there is some amazing back country terrain around Furano (Asahidake, Kamui , Kurodake and Tokachidake ) within 40 – 90 minutes’ drive.
Snow Sports School
Furano offers a variety of lessons in English for skiers and snowboarders of all levels from Furano Snow School and Furano International Snowsports School.
Atomic and Salomon Station rental shops offer a wide range of snow equipment and clothing rentals. Rental shops are located in both Prince Hotels, as well as in the Furano Zone Ropeway Station and the Kitanomine Zone Gondola Station.
Kitanomine is more of a small ski village with many accommodation options and only metres to the lifts. Furano Town is the main town and a few minutes shuttle bus away from the lifts. Home to around 25,000 people, it is quite a large town closely located to the resort with amenities, services, dining, entertainment and shopping options that many other smaller resort/ villages do not have.
Getting around the resort area and main town is easy and very efficient with regular shuttles buses connecting to everywhere you need to go. A free night shuttle bus gives easy access to the restaurants in the main town area.
Dining & Nightlife
Furano dining is delicious, fun and affordable with a variety of Japanese and western style restaurants and cafes in both the ski village and the main township of Furano.
For those who like to get out on the town, there are a few bars within some of the hotels and pensions, and with Furano town only minutes away you can find some funky bars, fun Japanese Izakaya’s, karaoke rooms and even some dancing!