Furano is an area in the central part of Hokkaido. It’s surrounded by mountains called Tokachi-dake and Ashibetsu-dake.
Furano is well known as being the filming location of a popular 1980s television drama “Kita no Kuni Kara”; it is an area well-known throughout the country and a popular tourist spot. It is particularly famous for its lavender flowers, with numerous lavender fields such as the Tomita Farm and the Panoramic Flower Gardens Shikisai-no-oka.
Furano experiences extreme temperature variations between summer and winter. During the summer the temperature can rise up to 30℃, and in the winter it can drop to -30℃. On most days in spring and summer the afternoon will be pleasantly warm, but the mornings and evenings will be chilly so long sleeved clothing is recommended. Snow commonly begins falling around the end of October or beginning of November, and therefore Furano’s ski resorts open towards the end of November.
Melons and corn are the agricultural specialties of Furano; wine and cheese are the manufactured specialties. You can savor wine made using only locally harvested materials at the Furano Wine Factory. Furano has numerous sightseeing spots such as Flower Land Kamifurano, Kanno Farm, and the Blue pond in Biei. To visit the various sightseeing spots we recommend a bus or car. Rail travel is available, but it makes it inconvenient to get to any sightseeing spots that are distant from a train station. The nearest airport is New Chitose Airport; to get to Furano you can take a 2 and a half hour JR train or a 2 hour bus ride.