Furano / Biei Sightseeing Train and Bus 2019 - Hokkaido

The weather is hot in summer but the visitors can enjoy the flower fields especially Furano and Biei. The popular sightseeing spots are Tomita Farm, Shirogane Blue Pond, Shikisai no Oka flower park and etc. The sightseeing tour bus are convenient for tourists. There are variety tours and the price is reasonable.

Access to Furano / Biei

Furano Lavender Express is direct train which takes only 2 hours between Sapporo and Furano. The train is available only specific period. If you miss the direct train, you can transit at Asahikawa Station or Takikawa Station. The indirect train takes time more than 2 hours or may be 3 hours.

Timetable: JR Hokkaido
Furano Biei Train

If you would like to visit Tomita Farm, get off at Lavender-Farm Station. Before going to Furano, you may visit Biei and take sightseeing bus first,
Operating period: 6 July - 12 August 2019 (everyday)

Timetable: JR Hokkaido

Furano Biei Norokko Train

The train runs slowly. If the non-reserved seats are full, you need to stand. 

The operating dates: 8-9, 15-16 June, 22 June - 18 August (everyday), 24-25 and 31 August. 1,7-8, 14-16, 21-23 September 2019.

Timetable: JR Hokkaido

Furano / Biei Sightseeing Tour Bus 2019

The operation date is 29 June - 12 August 2019. Reservation is required. You can buy the ticket at following spots or at Furano Bus Ticket Counter (Until departure time of the bus on boarding date):

At JR Hokkaido stations
【Biei View Bus】【Sightseeing Tour Bus】 (Until 2 days before boarding date)

JR Travel Service Center (Twinkle Plaza) Sapporo Branch (10:00-19:30, Sat, Sun & Holidays 10:00-18:00)
JR Travel Service Center (Twinkle Plaza) Sapporo South Exit Branch (10:00-19:30)
JR Travel Service Center (Twinkle Plaza) Hakodate Branch (10:00-18:00)
JR Travel Service Center (Twinkle Plaza) Asahikawa Branch (9:30-17:30)
JR Travel Service Center (Twinkle Plaza) Obihiro Branch (9:00-17:00)
JR Travel Service Center (Twinkle Plaza) Kushiro Branch (10:00-18:00)
JR Information Desk at New Chitose Airport Station (8:30~19:00)

If you hold Hokkaido Rail Pass or Japan Rail Pass, you can get benefit about discount at some shops. Please check here

Bus Stops

Apart from the above sightseeing tours, Biei View Bus offers the various tours in Biei. I ever wrote the detail about this tour, you can click here for more detail.

Biei View Bus: Biei Tourism

Conclusion about sightseeing tour courses.

Dep-Arr Time Adult Child
Biei Panorama Course 10:30-16:45 5,000 yen 2,500 yen
Furano Furanui Course 12:20-17:40 4,000 yen 2,000 yen
Asahikawa Patchwork Course 10:40-17:30 5,000 yen 2,500 yen
Asahikawa Kamuimintara Course 10:15-17:45 7,000 yen 3,500 yen
Biei View Bus Dep-Arr Time Adult Child
Blue Pond & Hill Course (AM)
9:45-12:00 2,000 yen 1,000 yen
Blue Pond & Shirahige Waterfall Course (PM) 13:30-16:05 2,000 yen 1,000 yen
Shirogane Flower Garden Course 09:45-12:30 2,500 yen 1,250 yen
Patchwork Course 13:25-15:00 1,500 yen 750 yen
Blue Pond & Flower Garden Course 15:20-17:35 2,500 yen 1,250 yen
Flower Garden & Hill Course 09:45-11:58 2,000 yen 1,000 yen
Blue Pond Course 13:25-16:15 2,000 yen 1,000 yen

Furano Kururu Bus

Furano Kururu Bus is another sightseeing bus in Furano. The operating period is 6 July - 10 August 2019. The price is 4,000 yen for adult and 3,000 yen for child. If you would like take the tour only in Furano, the tour is worth as the price already includes admission fee. The tour starts at 10:15 and finish at 17:30. You can buy the ticket at Furano Tourism Center and Concierge Furano 1st Floor.

Furano Biei Rail Ticket

The ticket for travelling in Furano and Biei area. The sales period until 28 October 2019 and usable from 27 April-31 October 2019. The ticket price is 6,500 yen and 3,250 for child (6-11 years old) which valid for 4 days.

Lavender One Day Ticket

Leaves from Asahikawa Station. Sales period is until 31 October 2019. Usable period 27 April - 31 October 2019. The ticket is valid only 1 day. The price is 2,500 yen for adult and 1,250 yen for child (6-11 years). You can take unlimited rides on local train (non-reserved seat) within the Free-ride section. You can also board Furano Biei Train and the non-reserved seat of the Furano-Biei Norokko Train.

Reference: JR Hokkaido , Furano Tourism

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