Furano and Biei 2017 - Hokkaido, Japan


Summer is a high season in Hokkaido. Many tourists visit flower fields especially Furano and Biei. Lavender field and colorful flowers are beautiful. There are many ways for getting to Furano and Biei. 



By Train

Furano Lavender Express takes 2 hours from Sapporo to Furano. There are 4 trains. Each train is available for specific period. Please check the below timetable.


Furano-Biei Norokko Train

Train runs between Asahikawa Station and Furano. JR Pass covers Norokko Train's fare.
There are reserved and non-reserved seats. If you would like to visit Lavender Farm, I recommend to take Norokko Train and get off Lavendar Farm Station because the train station is close to the farm.


Daily Tour

There Biei and Furano Tours. Each tour operates for specific period. Please check the schedule. Fortunately, this year has several tours more than previous year. There are Round Trip Bus Tours and Biei View Bus.




Round Trip Bus Tours

The first two bus tours have many disembarkation points, including some hotels.

Ticket Counters

1. Make reservations online www.furanobus.jp/furanogo_en.html

2. Twinkle Plaza Sapporo Branch, Twinkle Plaza Sapporo South Exit Branch, Twinkle Plaza Hakodate, Asahikawa, Obihiro and Kushio Branches, New Chitose Airport Station Information Desk, JR Hokkaido Midori-no-madoguchi

3. Furano Bus Ticket Counters.


1. Panorama Course

Period: 1 July - 6 August 2017

Adult 5,000 yen, Child (6-11 years old) 2,500



JR Furano Station, Panorama Road, Senbou Pass, Roller-coaster Road, Shikisai no Oka, Shirogane Blue Pond, Shirahige Falls, Hokusei no Oka View Park, Patchwork Road



2. Select Course
Period: 10-11, 17-18 June, 24 June - 20 August, 26-27 August 2017
Adults 4,000 yen, Child (6-11 years old) 2,000
(Include admission to the Goto Sumio Museum)

JR Furano Station, Farm Tomita, Goto Sumio Museum, Shirogane Blue Pond, Shirahige Falls

3. Furano Tour
Period: 10-11, 17-18 June, 24 June - 20 August, 26-27 August 2017
Adult 3,000 yen, Child (6-11 years old) 1,500 yen

JR Furano Station, Hirottekita le, Rokugo Observatory, Furano Jam Farm Anpanman shop, Furano Cheese Factory, Shin Furano Prince Hotel / Windy Garden / Ningle Terrace

Biei View Bus

Adult 2,000 yen, Child (6-11 years old) 1,000
Ticket Counters

1. Twinkle Plaza Sapporo Branch, Twinkle Plaza Sapporo South Exit Branch, Twinkle Plaza Hakodate, Asahikawa, Obihiro and Kushio Branches, New Chitose Airport Station Information Desk, JR Hokkaido Midori-no-madoguchi
2. Biei Tourism Association near Biei Station

Some tours depart in the morning and some are in the afternoon. Each tour is 3 hours approximately. Tour Courses are Tour of the Hills Course, Flower Fields and Blue Pond Course. Please check the train timetable in order to catch up the tour.

Furano Kururu Bus

It is a local bus, not sightseeing bus. 
Service Period: 3 July - 15 August 2017
Ticket Counter: Tourist Information Center next to Furano Station or on board the Furano Kurubus


Course A (Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun, 15 July, 15 August
1 Day Ticket
Adult 1,500 yen, Child (6-12 years old) 1,000 yen

Morning Run: Dep.from Shin Furano Prince Hotel ( (1) 09:00) -> 
                       Hotel Naturwald Furano -> Dep. from JR Furano Station ((1) 09:20 (2) 10:10 (3) 11:20)

Afternoon Run
Dep. from JR Furano Station ((1) 13:10 (2) 14:10 (3) 15:10 (4) 16:10)
Stops along the way: Furano Cheese Factory, Shin Furano Prince Hotel, Furano Marche
Arrive at JR Furano Station ((1) 14:03 (2) 15:03 (3) 16:03 (4) 17:03 )

Course B  (Tue, Thu, Sat) * Not operating on 15 July, 15 August
1 Day Ticket
Adult 2,000 yen, Child (6-12 years old) 1,500

Stops along the way: Furano Winery, Campana Rokkatei, Furano Grape Juice Factory, Farm Tomita
Arrive at JR Furano Station ((1) 10:00 (2) 11:04 (3) 12:14)

Afternoon Run
Dep. from JR Furano Station (13:10)

Stops along the way: Glass Forest & Hirottekita le, Rokugo Forest, Furano Music Box shop, Rokugo Observatory (view from bus), Furano Jam Farm / Anpanman Shop, Goro's Stone House

Arrive at JR Furano Statiion (17:30) -> Hotel Naturwald Furano -> Arrive Shin Furano Prince Hotel (18:00)


Shared Taxi

One car will seat up to 9 passengers
Prior reservation is not available.
Period: 1-31 July 2017

Operating Zone: JR Nakafurano Station -> Farm Tomita / Tomita Melon House -> Nakafurano Choei Lavender Farms -> JR Nakafurano Station.

Time Schedule: 
Dep: JR Nakafurano Staiton 08:40-16:40
         Farm Tomita, Tomita Melon House  08:50-16:50

Boarding Point:
 - JR Nakafurano Station (next to the restrooms)
 - Nakafurano Choei Lavender Farms: next to the restrooms in the parking lot
 - Farm Tomita Melon House: next to the restrooms in the municipal parking lot

Price: 200 yen per person (adult and child)


Rail Pass

Furano Biei Rail Ticket

Sales Period: Until 28 October 2017
Usable Period: 29 April - 31 October 2017
Adult: 6,500 yen, Child (6-11 years old) 3,250 yen
Valid period is 4 days.
If You buy JR Hokkaido Rail Pass, no need to buy this ticket.


Departure: Sapporo Station

There are set of three tickets; A, B and the information ticket
Ticket A: The non-reserved sears on the Ltd. Express Train ordinary car between Sapporo -> Free ride section. (One way)
Ticket B: Furano/Biei Free-ride section Unlimited Rides + Return Trip
              Unlimited rides on local trains (non-reserved seat) within the free-ride section.
              You can also board the non-reserved seat of the Furano-Biei Norokko Train

              The return trip: the non-reserved seats on the Ltd.Express train ordinary car between the free-ride section -> Sapporo.
*Reserved seat on the Furano-Biei Norokko Train is 520 yen (additional).

The Furano/Biei Free-ride section: Takikawa -> Asahikawa -> Biei -> Bibaushi -> Kamifurano -> Lavender Farn -> Nakafurano -> Furano -> Ikutora

Steps
1. Insert Ticket A into the automatic ticket checker.
2. When you arrive at your destination, give the Ticket A to the station staff.
3. After the Ticket A is collected, the Ticket B can be used for unlimited rides within the free-ride section, and the return trip to the station of origin.

Lavender One Day Ticket

Departure Asahikawa Station

Sales Period: Until 31 October 2017

Usable Period: 29 Airl - 31 October 2017
Adult  2,500 yen, Child 6-11 years old 1,250 yen

Valid period is 1 day
Unlimited rides on local trains within the free-ride section. 

You can also board the unreserved seat of the Furano-Biei Norokko Train

You can check more information on JR Hokkaido Website.
Train Schedule, please click here.


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