Village Info in Furano
Furano Getting Around
Shuttles circle the Kitanomine village taking skiers to the slopes. In the evening, shuttles run from Kitanomine village to the Furano town, opening up a huge range of dining and entertainment options that offer an insight into traditional Japanese culture.
As an alternative to shuttle buses you may choose to call a taxi, the contact details for the two main companies are listed below.
Furano Taxi Phone: 0167-22-5001
Chuo Hire Phone: 0120-414-818
Furano ATMs, Bank & Cash
Japan is still very much a cash economy, so it is highly recommended to purchase Yen cash before you arrive in Japan or arrange it before you leave the airport you entered in to. There are a few places in Furano that you will be able to withdraw cash; New Furano Prince Hotel has a Seven Eleven ATM inside the lobby, and there is another Seven Eleven convenience store with ATM in the middle of Kitanomine village. Stretching further afield to Furano town and train station area, you will find two more 7-Eleven stores with international ATMs, and the Japan Post Office with international ATM.
There are also two banks near the Furano train station, where you can exchange foreign money: Hokuyo Bank Furano Branch and Hokkaido Bank Furano Branch
Furano’s main export is local agricultural products, and a wide range of lavender products. You will find these souvenirs, as well as non-perishables, trinkets and Japanese memorabilia sold throughout ski village and Furano town.
Skiing goods are sold at New Furano Prince Hotel, as well as near the Kitanomine gondola. You will find a number of basic accessories but not a huge range of skis and boards for sale.
Snacks and drinks are readily attainable at the 7-Eleven convenience store in the Kitanomine area. If you require a more substantial shop for groceries for your stay, there is a large supermarket on the way to Furano town. Make sure to leave substantial time for your shopping run: rummaging through all the exciting Japanese snacks and treats takes up more time that one would expect!
Furano Onsen Guide
The mountains of Japan are brimming with mineral rich onsen water supplies and Furano is no exception. Enjoy one of the natural hot spring baths around town after a long day on the slopes, to sooth your tired muscles. If you’re feeling adventurous, and in need of a day off the slopes, you may even choose to take a day trip to nearby onsens, such as Hakuginso Onsen deep in the hills of close by Kamifurano area.
If you’re in need for a bit of pampering, you will find a couple of massage salons, hair salons, and chiropractic offices in Furano town. Enquire with your accommodation to help you book an appointment.