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A hotel in Furano is an establishment that provides lodging paid on a short-term basis. Facilities provided may range from a basic bed and storage for clothing, to luxury features like en-suite bathrooms. Larger in Furano hotels may provide additional guest facilities such as a swimming pool, business centre, childcare, conference facilities and social function services. Hotel rooms in Furano are usually numbered (or named in some smaller hotels and B&Bs) to allow guests to identify their room. Some Furano hotels offer meals as part of a room and board arrangement. Hotel operations vary in size, function, and cost. Most Furano hotels and major hospitality companies that operate hotels in Furano have set widely accepted industry standards to classify hotel types. General categories include the following:

Upscale luxury hotels in Furano
An upscale full service hotel facility in Furano that offers luxury amenities, full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and the highest level of personalized and professional service. Luxury Furano hotels are normally classified with at least a Four Diamond or Five Diamond status or a Four or Five Star rating depending on classification standards.

Full service hotels in Furano
Full service Furano hotels often contain upscale full-service facilities with a large volume of full service accommodations, on-site full service restaurant(s), and a variety of on-site amenities such as swimming pools, a health club, children's activities, ballrooms, on-site conference facilities, etc.

Historic inns and boutique hotels in Furano
Boutique hotels of Furano are smaller independent non-branded hotels that often contain upscale facilities of varying size in unique or intimate settings with full service accommodations. Furano boutique hotels are generally 100 rooms or less. Some historic inns and boutique hotels in Furano may be classified as luxury hotels.

Focused or select service hotels in Furano
Small to medium-sized hotel establishments that offer a limited amount of on-site amenities that only cater and market to a specific demographic of Furano travelers, such as the single business traveler. Most Furano focused or select service hotels may still offer full service accommodations but may lack leisure amenities such as an on-site restaurant or a swimming pool.

Economy and limited service hotels in Furano
Small to medium-sized Furano hotel establishments that offer a very limited amount of on-site amenities and often only offer basic accommodations with little to no services, these facilities normally only cater and market to a specific demographic of travelers, such as the budget-minded Furano traveler seeking a "no frills" accommodation. Limited service Furano hotels often lack an on-site restaurant but in return may offer a limited complimentary food and beverage amenity such as on-site continental breakfast service.

Guest houses and B&Bs in Furano
A bed and breakfast in Furano is a small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodation and inclusive breakfast. Usually, Furano bed and breakfasts are private homes or family homes offering accommodations. The typical Furano B&B has between 4 and 11 rooms, with 6 being the average. Generally, guests are accommodated in private bedrooms with private bathrooms, or in a suite of rooms including an en suite bathroom. Some homes have private bedrooms with a bathroom which is shared with other guests. Breakfast is served in the bedroom, a dining room, or the host's kitchen. Often the owners of guest house themselves prepare the breakfast and clean the rooms.

Hostels in Furano
Furano hostels provide budget-oriented, sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge, and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are often cheaper for both the operator and occupants; many Furano hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk agents or housekeeping staff in exchange for experience or discounted accommodation.

Apartment hotels, extended stay hotels in Furano
Extended stay hotels are small to medium-sized Furano hotels that offer longer term full service accommodations compared to a traditional hotel. Extended stay hotels may offer non-traditional pricing methods such as a weekly rate that cater towards travelers in need of short-term accommodations for an extended period of time. Similar to limited and select service hotels, on-site amenities are normally limited and most extended stay hotels in Furano lack an on-site restaurant.

Timeshare and destination clubs in Furano
Furano timeshare and destination clubs are a form of property ownership also referred to as a vacation ownership involving the purchase and ownership of an individual unit of accommodation for seasonal usage during a specified period of time. Timeshare resorts in Furano often offer amenities similar that of a Full service hotel with on-site restaurant(s), swimming pools, recreation grounds, and other leisure-oriented amenities. Destination clubs of Furano on the other hand may offer more exclusive private accommodations such as private houses in a neighborhood-style setting.

Motels in Furano
A Furano motel is a small-sized low-rise lodging establishment similar to that of a limited service hotel, but with direct access to individual rooms from the car park. Common during the 1950s and 1960s, motels were often located adjacent to a major road, where they were built on inexpensive land at the edge of towns or along stretches of highways. They are still useful in less populated areas of Furano for driving travelers, but the more populated an area becomes the more hotels fill the need. Many of Furano motels which remain in operation have joined national franchise chains, rebranding themselves as hotels, inns or lodges.

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Travelling and vacation in Furano

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Furano
富良野市
City
Kitanomine ski area in Furano
Kitanomine ski area in Furano
Flag of Furano
Flag
Official seal of Furano
Symbol
Location of Furano in Kamikawa Subprefecture, Hokkaido
Location of Furano in Kamikawa Subprefecture, Hokkaido
Location of Kamikawa Subprefecture in Hokkaido
Location of Kamikawa Subprefecture in Hokkaido
Furano is located in Japan
Furano
Furano
Location in Japan
Coordinates:  / 43.350; 142.383  / 43.350; 142.383
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido
Government
• Mayor Yoshiaki Noto
Area
• Total 600.97 km (232.04 sq mi)
Population (September 30th, 2016)
• Total 22,715
• Density 38/km (98/sq mi)
Symbols
• Tree Japanese Yew and Japanese Bigleaf Magnolia
• Flower Ezo-murasaki-tsutsuji (Rhododendron dauricum)
• Bird Black woodpecker
• Others Animal: Red Squirrel(Sciurus vulgaris)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City hall address 1-1, Yayoicho, Furano-shi, Hokkaido
076-8555
Website www.city.furano.hokkaido.jp

Furano (富良野市, Furano-shi) is a city in the prefecture of Hokkaido, Japan, located in the southern reaches of Kamikawa Subprefecture, under whose jurisdiction it resides. Well known throughout Japan as a tourism destination, it is famous for its lavender fields, the television drama Kita no Kuni kara and the Furano Ski Resort, which held the Snowboarding World Cup in recent years.

As of September 2016, the city has an estimated population of 22,715 and a density of 38 persons per km² (98 persons per sq. mi.). The total area is 600.97 km (232.04 sq mi).

Furano, Hokkaido: History

The city takes its name from the Ainu word "Fura-nui," which means "Stinky Flame" or "Foul-Smelling Place," in the language of the indigenous people of Hokkaido. This is most likely because the valley was associated with sulfuric fumaroles near Tokachi Peak. In 1897 the first homesteaders arrived from Mie Prefecture and settled in what is now the Ogiyama area of the city. The Village of Furano was established as a satellite settlement of the then-preeminent Utashinai Village. In 1899 the settlement was transferred from under the jurisdiction of Sorachi County to Kamikawa County, an official town hall was raised, and Furano Village, Sorachi County was officially established.

Mass transportation soon followed when a railway link to Asahikawa, what is now the second largest city in Hokkaido, was opened in 1900. Three years later, Furano was divided into the upper Kamifurano Village (the present-day town of Kamifurano) and the lower Shitafurano Village (present-day Furano and Minamifurano.) In 1908, Minamifurano Village (now a town) established itself as an autonomous municipality. On April 1, 1915 Yamabe Village was created as a separate municipality, and Shimofurano, Sorachi County gained Second Class Village Status in the Hokkaido Village System. Following rapid development, on April 1, 1919, Shitafurano Village achieved town status and was renamed Furano Town. It gained First Class Town Status exactly two years later. On September 30, 1956, Furano annexed the village of Higashiyama. Ten years later, Furano annexed the town of Yamabe and the population boost was enough for it to become a full-fledged city. Furano officially changed its name to Furano City on May 1, 1966.

Furano, Hokkaido: Economy

Furano, Hokkaido: Industry

The keystone industry is agriculture, centered on onions and carrots. Furano notably produces more carrots than anywhere else in Japan. Watermelon and the Akaniku-brand "Furano Melon" are also produced in large numbers.

Industry also includes tourism, particularly to its lavender fields and ski slopes, as well as the cultivation of grapes, including a municipally-managed winery, and dairy products such as milk and cheese. Furano Delice, made famous for being the first candy factory to put pudding in a milk bottle, is well known for its Furano Milk Pudding.

Furano, Hokkaido: Agricultural co-op

  • Furano Agricultural Cooperative (JA Furano)

Furano, Hokkaido: Local business

  • Daisy Food Production Industries, Inc. - Furano Factory (デイジー食品工業株式会社富良野工場)

Furano, Hokkaido: Financial institutions

  • North Pacific Bank, Ltd., Furano Office
  • Hokkaido Bank, Ltd., Furano Office
  • Asahikawa Credit Union, Furano Office (formerly Furano Credit Union)
  • Hokkaido Workers Credit Union, Furano Office
  • Sorachi Commercial Credit Association, Furano Office

Furano, Hokkaido: Postal services

  • Furano Post Office (the Furano Office of Japan Post Service Company, Ltd. is located within the same building.)
  • Furano Wakaba Post Office (includes ATM service)
  • Kitanomine Post Depot (postal service only)
  • Rokugo Post Office

Furano, Hokkaido: Public service institutions

Furano, Hokkaido: Police

  • Furano Police Station

Furano, Hokkaido: Sister cities

Furano, Hokkaido: Domestic

  • Furano partnered with Nishiwaki City, Hyogo Prefecture on October 20, 1978, becoming Furano's first and only domestic Sister City association.
    • Japan Nishiwaki(Hyogo Prefecture)

Furano, Hokkaido: Abroad

  • Furano has been sister cities with Schladming, Austria since February 23, 1977.
    • Austria Schladming(Austria)

Furano, Hokkaido: Regional

Furano, Hokkaido: Education

  • High School
    • Public High Schools
      • Hokkaido Furano High School, Hokkaido Furano Ryokuho High School
  • Technical Schools
    • Furano Nursing College
  • Middle Schools
    • Furano Higashi, Furano Nishi, Jukai, Yamabe
  • Elementary Schools
    • Furano, Ogiyama, Higashi, Torinuma, Furebetsu, Jukai, Yamabe
  • Elementary/Middle Schools
    • Rokugo, Nunobe

Furano, Hokkaido: Transportation

Furano, Hokkaido: Airport

  • Asahikawa Airport is located south of Asahikawa's city center in the outlying town of Higashi Kagura. It is approximately an hour away from Furano by bus or car.

Furano, Hokkaido: Railways

  • Hokkaido Railway Company (JR Hokkaido)
    • Nemuro Line: Shimanoshita - Furano - Nunobe - Yamabe
    • Furano Line: Gakueden - Furano

Furano, Hokkaido: Bus

  • Furano Bus - city bus lines, Furano to Asahikawa (the "Lavender Express")
  • Shimukappu municipally owned and operated Furano to Shimukappu bus line.
  • Hokkaido Chuo Bus Co., Ltd. - Furano to Sapporo (the high-speed "Furano")
  • Dohoku Bus Co., Ltd., Hokkaido Takusyoku Bus Co., Ltd., Tokachi Bus Co., Ltd. - Minamifurano to Obihiro (Northliner)

Furano, Hokkaido: Highways

  • National Highways
    • Highway 38
    • Highway 237
  • Prefectural Highways
    • Hokkaido Route 135 - Bibai, Furano
    • Hokkaido Route 253 - Higashiyama, Furano
    • Hokkaido Route 298 - Kamifurano, Asahikawa, Nakafurano
    • Hokkaido Route 544 - Rokugo, Yamabe
    • Hokkaido Route 706 - Nanyou, Yamabe
    • Hokkaido Route 759 - Nae, Furano
    • Hokkaido Route 800 - Kitanomine
    • Hokkaido Route 985 - Yamabe, Kitanomine

Furano, Hokkaido: Historic sites, tourism destinations, festivals

Aerial panorama of Furano

Furano, Hokkaido: Cultural heritage

  • Furano Traditional Chinese Lion Dance - The Furano Traditional Chinese Lion Dance Preservation Society is a part of the Furano City Lifelong Learning Center.
  • A monument marking the exact geographic center of Hokkaido is located in the playground of Furano Nishi Junior High School.
  • Groundbreaking Memorial for the Hokkaido University Satellite Research Farm No.8, Furano Campus - Tenmangu Shrine Grounds
  • Groundbreaking Memorial for the Hokkaido University Satellite Research Farm No.8, Yamabe Campus - Yamabe Shrine Grounds

Furano, Hokkaido: Tourism destinations

Furano Play Factory
Downtown District
  • 北の国から (Kita no Kuni kara) Museum is located almost directly adjacent to the Furano Station area.
  • 護国山富良野寺 - Gokokuzanfurano-ji (Eighteenth Hokkaido Sanjuusan Sacred Grounds of Kannon Fudasho (北海道三十三観音霊場十八番札所)). Since Furano is Hokkaido's Navel Town, they proudly display a duplicate of the Buddha Nyoirinkannon Heso Ishi (Navel Stone) from Kyoto's famous temple Choho-ji.
Kitanomine District
  • The Kitanomine Area is centered on ski resorts and pensions. Furano Ski Resort, owned and operated by Prince Hotels, is a popular winter destination for people from around the world. Ningle Terrace is a rustic sort of shopping village located just to the side of New Furano Prince Hotel. The word “Ningle” refers to a 15cm-tall character known as The Wise Man of the Forest from a book with the same title that was written by So Kuramoto. The shopping area was created based on the writer’s ideas. Open year-round, people from all over the area come to browse the handmade trinkets and look for faeries when the snow has not buried them alive. There is also a shop based on the one Takeshita Keiko (竹下景子) worked at in the '北の国から' (Kita no Kuni kara) television drama.
  • Furano Cheese Factory
  • Furano Ice Milk Factory
  • 富良野演劇工場 (Furanoengekikoujou - Furano Theatre Factory), a non-profit organization established and run by the city, Furano Theater Factory is a small-scale theater that strives to meet the creative needs of its citizens, hosting a myriad of events year-round. The Theater Factory was designed by Sou Kuramoto, the famous writer of Kita no Kuni kara.
Rokugo District
  • The houses used by the characters in the television drama '北の国から' (Kita no Kuni kara) can still be found in the far-reaches of the Furano city limits in the Rokugo area, separated from Furano Station by a distance of about 15 kilometers. Rokugo Forest was the setting for the drama's early period. Gotaro's Stone House, The Lost and Found House, Jun and Ketsu's House, and Yahataoka, a hilly, back-country setting that came up frequently throughout the series, can all be found perfectly preserved in a memorial-esque open-air museum.
  • Rokugo Observation Deck
  • Furano Jam Farm
  • Anpanman Shop
  • Furano Music Box
  • Popuri Village specializes in cultivating late-blooming Lavender, meaning visitors can see the purple flowers in all their glory, even if they have missed the season.
Other districts
  • Highland Furano is a public spa in Shimanoshita, complete with a mid-sized lavender field.
  • The city owns and operates a successful wine factory known as the Wine House.
  • Furano Wine and Juice Factory is a publicly run business located in Shimizuyama.
  • Torinuma Park is a public park famous for the fact that it never freezes, even though it is located in the heart of snow country, Japan. Camping is not allowed, however visitors are more than encouraged to camp in the nearby Yamabe Village of the Sun Nature Park.

Furano, Hokkaido: Dramas staged in Furano

  • Kita no Kuni kara (Fuji Terebi, 1981–2002)
  • Yasashii Jikan (Fuji Terebi, 2005)
  • Kaze no Gaaden (Fuji Terebi, 2008)

Furano, Hokkaido: Festivals and other events

  • Shoukon Festival - Peace Memorial Festival (June 15, 16th)
  • Hokkaido Belly Button Festival (July 28, 29th)
  • Furano Shrine's Annual Festival (August 25, 26th)

Furano, Hokkaido: Miscellaneous

Furano, Hokkaido: Immigration

  • In May, 2009 Furano City joined hands with various private-sector associations to establish the Furano Chamber for the Promotion of Immigration.

Furano, Hokkaido: Geography

The Furano Valley is nestled between the Tokachi Volcanic Mountain Range (part of the Daisetsuzan National Park) and the Yuubari cluster of summits, including Ashibetsu Peak. The Sorachi and Furano Rivers, both tributaries of the Ishikari River, meet within the city limits. Furano is located at the exact geographic center of Hokkaido, earning it the nickname "Heso no Machi" or "Navel Town." A monument positioned at the center is located on the grounds of Furano Nishi Junior High School at  / 43.34889; 142.38444.

Roughly 70% of the city is mountain and forest. In 1899, the Tokyo University Forest in Hokkaido was established for research purposes in the southeast sector of the city. Nearby lies Rokugo Forest, the setting for the well-known Japanese television drama Kita no Kuni Kara.

Furano, Hokkaido: Climate

Furano has a humid continental climate (Köppen Dfb) with warm and occasionally hot and humid summers with high rainfall coupled with cold and extremely snowy winters.

Climate data for Furano Averages(1981–2010) Records (1977-2011)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 6.9
(44.4)
13.3
(55.9)
15.0
(59)
29.2
(84.6)
31.0
(87.8)
33.7
(92.7)
35.0
(95)
36.3
(97.3)
32.3
(90.1)
25.7
(78.3)
20.4
(68.7)
13.6
(56.5)
36.3
(97.3)
Average high °C (°F) −4.1
(24.6)
−2.8
(27)
2.1
(35.8)
10.9
(51.6)
17.9
(64.2)
22.6
(72.7)
25.7
(78.3)
26.5
(79.7)
21.6
(70.9)
14.8
(58.6)
6.2
(43.2)
−1.1
(30)
11.69
(53.05)
Daily mean °C (°F) −8.8
(16.2)
−8.1
(17.4)
−2.7
(27.1)
5.2
(41.4)
11.7
(53.1)
16.5
(61.7)
20.1
(68.2)
20.9
(69.6)
15.7
(60.3)
8.9
(48)
1.1
(34)
−5.2
(22.6)
6.28
(43.3)
Average low °C (°F) −15.1
(4.8)
−14.9
(5.2)
−8.4
(16.9)
−0.4
(31.3)
5.6
(42.1)
11.1
(52)
15.5
(59.9)
16.3
(61.3)
10.6
(51.1)
3.7
(38.7)
−2.4
(27.7)
−10.4
(13.3)
0.93
(33.69)
Record low °C (°F) −34.5
(−30.1)
−34
(−29)
−28.3
(−18.9)
−17.8
(0)
−3.1
(26.4)
1.0
(33.8)
6.3
(43.3)
6.5
(43.7)
−0.5
(31.1)
−5.3
(22.5)
−21.3
(−6.3)
−28.4
(−19.1)
−34.5
(−30.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 49.6
(1.953)
37.1
(1.461)
49.4
(1.945)
53.5
(2.106)
66.5
(2.618)
54.5
(2.146)
100.0
(3.937)
148.7
(5.854)
134.8
(5.307)
94.9
(3.736)
105.0
(4.134)
69.3
(2.728)
963.3
(37.925)
Average snowfall cm (inches) 166
(65.4)
137
(53.9)
125
(49.2)
25
(9.8)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0
(0)
2
(0.8)
78
(30.7)
171
(67.3)
697
(274.4)
Mean monthly sunshine hours 67.6 91.4 133.4 162.9 193.1 181.8 164.5 161.1 138.1 118.2 69.4 50.4 1,529.4
Source: Japan Meteorological Agency

Furano, Hokkaido: Accent

There is a difference in the way that those living in Hokkaido (citizens of Furano included) and those that live in other parts of Japan pronounce the city's name. Inside Hokkaido, the first syllable in "Furano" is stressed; however in the rest of Japan the typical pattern of equally and weakly stressed syllables is predominant. The latter pronunciation was used in the drama that made Furano famous, even though it was in contradiction to the local accent.

Furano, Hokkaido: Notable people

  • Tetsuya Kumakawa - ballet dancer
  • Kazumi Kurigami - professional photographer
  • Seiji Sugio - singer
  • Masami Shimoda - anime producer, director
  • Chika Miura - actress
  • Isao Fujii - businessman, founder and principal owner of Takaragi Staff Service Co., Ltd.

Furano, Hokkaido: Cultural references

Furano Milk Pudding is famous for being the first pudding ever to come in a glass bottle.

Television program Kotaete Choudai's King of Reruns, Fukushima Katsushige, relocated to Furano in January 2007. He said that he would not return to Tokyo until he had sold 10,000 units of the DVD he made. He embarked on a journey across the length of Japan, traveling from Kagoshima to Furano on a bicycle selling the DVDs. In Furano, he donned a self-assembled facsimile of the Hokkaido mascot Marimokkori's costume, dubbing himself Shigemokkori, and became the talk of the town by prancing around in green full-body tights complete with a conspicuous bulge (a la Hokkaido's beloved character.) He updates his blog, CD Furano, almost every day.

Niko Niko Pun, a children's television show run by NHK, is shot on location in Furano every Summer and Winter Break.

Furano, Hokkaido: Mass communications

  • Daily Furano (newspaper)
  • Radio Furano (community FM station) 77.1 MHz
  • Hokkaido Shimbun, Furano (newspaper)

Furano, Hokkaido: See also

  • List of cities in Japan

Furano, Hokkaido: References

  1. "Ningle Terrace - Hokkaido Travel Guide | Planetyze". Planetyze. Retrieved 2017-08-16.
  • Official Website (in Japanese)
  • Furano Tourism Association 富良野観光協会
  • Biei Wedding Palace 日の出公園ラベンダー園での結婚式
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