Furano, one of Japan’s largest ski resorts, is on the island of Hokkaido and is well known for some of the world’s best powder skiing, mainly due to the Siberian storm systems that pass over the Sea of Japan and then dump the lightest and driest snow in all of Hokkaido – and 9 metres of it each season. There are great cruising runs for beginners and intermediates with some excellent grooming every night, lots of sunny days and uncrowded slopes with stunning views of the Tokachidake mountain range. Furano has an English speaking ski and snowboard school and day care facility for foreign guests. All accommodation is located near the resort, with most being a very short walk to the gondola and lifts. The town of Furano, approximately one kilometre from the ski base, is a typical Japanese town mostly untouched by modern influences. The post office, supermarkets, convenience stores and other shopping facilities are only a short walk away.
Gateway City Sapporo 113km
- Seemingly endless and immaculately groomed runs are an intermediates’ paradise
- The authenticity of the town of Furano means you can eat like a local for the fraction of the price of resort restaurants
- Make this your base and explore the surrounding ski areas, with a guide, to chase the deep dry powder on central Hokkaido
Furano Mountain Statistics