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[Furano and Biei] Hills and Flowers Create Beautiful Scenery

July 15th, 2014

I introduce about the lavender on the first page, and introduce about the hills of the Biei on the second page, and introduce about Shirogane area, From the North Country, other tourist attractions, foods and onsen on the third page.

Shirogane Region

Shirogane region is located in the southeastern part of the Biei. Visiotrs arrive at the Shirogane region while seeing white birches along a gentle straight line road. Shirogane Onsen (白金温泉) was famous once, but Blue Pond (青い池) and Shirahige Falls (白ひげの滝) have became famous sightseeing spot at present.

Shirakaba Road
Biei

Shirahige Falls

Shirahige Falls (白ひげの滝) are one of rare waterfalls that groundwater flow out in Japan. Flowing waterfalls looked like the white mustache, so it was named. There are Shirahige Falls near Shirogane Onsen Resort and tourists can look at those from Blue River Bridge. Article is here

Shirahige Falls
Biei Shirogane Area Shirahige Waterfall

Blue Pond

Blue Pond (青い池) is a man-made pond near Shirakaba Road (白樺街道 * Hokkaido Road 966) in Shirogane district, Biei town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city, and is surrounded by trees at about 500 m above sea level. The depth of water is from 2.5m to 5m. An unpaved parking lot and unpaved walks are built on the site, too. There are not a food stall and a restroom. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. The walks are rough, so you should wear comfortable shoes. Please drive slowly not to raise a thick cloud of dust on the parking lot. The Shirakaba Road is often a traffic jam on consecutive holidays or weekends. By the way, Shirogane Dam (白金ダム), Shirogane Fudo Falls (白金不動の滝), Road Station "Biei Biruke" (道の駅びえい「白金ビルケ」), Bogakudai (望岳台), Shirahiige Falls (白ひげの滝) and Shirogane Onsen (白金温泉) are relatively near here. Article is here

Blue Pond
Biei Shirogane Area Blue Pond

Bogakudai

Bogakudai (望岳台) is a lookout in the middle between Shirogane Onsen (白金温泉) and Fukiage Onsen (吹上温泉) linked by Hokkaido Road 996 in Biei town located in the southern part of Asahikawa city. In the Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園), There are a trailhead for Tokachidake Mountain Range, a large parking lot, walks and a shelter in the mountainside at about 930 above sea level. A observation deck is not built. The shelter built in 2016 has a resting place, too, and a restroom is provided for free, too. The walks are built around the Bogakudai, but there are some places closed to the public because a bridge is broken. Admission free. A parking lot is free of charge. * The road between the Bogakudai and the Shirogane Onsen is closed to traffic from mid October to mid May. Article is here

Bogakudai
Biei Mt.Tokachi Obeservatory

From the North Country

Rokugo (麓郷) region is a shooting place for famous drama, "From the North Country (北の国から)", televised for 22 years from 1981. The Rokugo region that a main character, Goro Kurosaka (黒板五郎), lived in is far away from Furano Station. The distance is around 20 km. There are "Rokugo Forest (麓郷の森)", "Goro's Stone House (五郎の石の家)", "Goro's House Made of Picked up Used Things (拾ってきた家)", "Rokugo Observatoion Deck (麓郷展望台)", "Tree of Fairy Tale (メルヘンの木)". There are facilities that tourists can see only the appearances, and the visitors must pay admission to enter. All parking lots are free of charge.

Stone House
Furano Rokugo Goro's House Made of Picked Up Used Things
Rokugo Observatoion Deck
Furano Rokugo
Lupine Grow near Rokugo Observatoion Deck
Furano Rokugo
View from Rokugo Observatoion Deck
Furano Rokugo
Anpanman Shop
Furano Rokugo
Furano Jam Garden
Furano Rokugo

Goro's House Made of Picked Up Used Things

Goro's House Made of Picked Up Used Things is used in the TV Drama "From the North Country 2002 Leave a Will (北の国から2002遺言)". The house was made with scrap woods including a used bus and a used telephone box. Admission fee is JPY 500.

Goro's House Made of Picked Up Used Things
Furano Rokugo Goro's House Made of Picked Up Used Things
Goro's House Made of Picked Up Used Things
Furano Rokugo Goro's house made of picked up used things

Atmosphere of Goro's House Made of Picked Up Used Things Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Goro's House Made of Picked Up Used Things

Admission fee Adult: JPY 500. Children under 6 years old: Free of charge.
Parking lot Free parking is provided (50 Cars)
Business hours From late April to late November 09:00-18:00
From late November to late April 10:00-16:00
Regular closing day Open all year round
Telephone number +81-167-23-3388
Home page Home page is here
Map Code 550 798 112*20

Rokugo Forest

A log cabin that came up in the earlier work of TV Drama "From the North Country", Morino Photo Studio (森の写真館), Aya-daichikan Hallearth (彩の大地館) and Morino Tea Room (森の喫茶室) are built in the Rokugo Forest (麓郷の森). This place has rich nature, and visitors can get comfortably relaxed. Admission fee of the buildings is JPY 500. Admission fee of the forest is free of charge.

Rokugo Forest
Furano Rokugo Rokugo Forest
Log Cabin
Furano Rokugo Rokugo Forest

Atmosphere of Rokugo Forest Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Rokugo Forest

Admission fee Adult: JPY 500. Children under 6 years old: Free of charge.
Parking lot Free parking is provided (150 Cars)
Business hours From late April to September 09:00-18:00
From October to late November 09:00-17:00
From late November to late April 10:00-16:00
Regular closing day From late April to late November Everyday open
From late November to late April Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Telephone number +81-167-29-2323
Home page Home page is here
Map Code 550 830 219*54

List of Other Tourist Attractions

The Biei and the Furano have some other tourist attractions, for example, Ninguru Terrace (ニングルテラス), Garden of Wind (風のガーデン), Senbo Pass (千望峠), Roller Coaster Road (ジェットコースターの道), Heart Hill Park (ハートヒルパーク) and Torinuma Park (鳥沼公園).

Roller Coaster Road
Kamifurano
Torinuma Park
Furano
Torinuma Park
Furano
Heart Hill Park
Furano
View from Heart Hill Park
Furano

Ninguru Terrace

Ninguru Terrace (ニングルテラス) is a popular tourist attraction on the site of New Furano Prince Hotel (新富良野プリンスホテル) in Furano, and is a village for selling original works using natural materials as a motif. 15 log houses and wooden boardwalks are built in a forest. A lot of couples and families attracted by the Ninguru Terrace such as an atmosphere of a hidden village with the warmth of the wood visit here. Very visionary night light-up and a winter scenery have a good reputation. A wedding ceremony can be held here. Admission free. A parking lot is free of chraged. Article is here

Look of Ninguru Terrace
Ninguru Terrace in Furano

Senbo Pass

Senbo Pass (千望峠) is a pass along Hokkaido Road 581 in Kamifurano town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city. A parking park is built at about 330 m above sea level, and is surrounded by fields. There is not a lavender field, But Senbo Pass Parking Park (千望峠駐車公園) is a little-known viewing spot that is a little away from a national route, and here is a starting point and a goal of Senbo-toge Foot Path with 10 km in total length. There are a gazebo, a parking lot and a restroom on the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. It is closed in a winter. Article is here

Beautiful Fields
Furano Lavender Senbo Pass

List of Tasty Foods

In the Furano and the Biei, tasty dishes made from fresh farm products can be savored. The Furano is well-known for Wine, Melon and Omelette Curry Rice, and Biei Curry Udon (美瑛カレーうどん) is served as a local dish in the Biei. In addition, those have a lot of tasty restraunts and tasty foods. Speaking of the tasty restraunts in the Furano, Furano French (フラノフレンチ), Furano Hotel (フラノ寶亭留), Kumagera (くまげら), Furano Delice (フラノデリス) and Yuigadoxon (唯我独尊) are popular in particular, and the popular restraunts in the Kamifurano are Mansaku (まん作) and Barbecue Restaurant "Hide" (焼肉秀), and the popular restraunts in the Nakafurano are Auberge erba stella (オーベルジュ エルバステラ), Farm Restaurant Azemichi Yorimichi (ファームレストランあぜ道より道), the Farm Tomita, Yamanaka (やまなか) and Popura Farm (ポプラファーム). As for the the tasty restraunts in the Biei, Valore (バローレ), bi.ble (ビブレ), MERLE (メルル), Restaurant ASPERGES (アスペルジュ) and Aruu-no-Pain (あるうのぱいん) are popular in particular. My eaten foods are as follows.

Omelette Curry Rice (Omu-curry)

Omelette Curry Rice (オムカレー * Omu-curry) is a dish poured curry sauce over an omelette and is famous as a local dish in Furano, and more than 10 restaurants serve it. Yuigadoxon (唯我独尊) is one of those restraunts. I heard that the omelette curry rice of the Yuigadoxon was very popular, and I visited here. There is a building at a central part of Furano. Article is here

Curry Omelette Rice with Sausages of Yuigadoxon
Furano Curry Omelette Rice -Yuigadoxon-

Ramen

Tomikawa (とみ川) is a popular ramen restraunt founded in 1997 in Rokugo, Furano city and is famous for getting the Bib Gourmand in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. I visited here around 11:00 on weekdays. The restraunt had an atomosphere such as a typical buckwheat restraunt with a warmth of woods. There were 2 tables and family customers seem to enjoy. But lines have to be expected at lunchtime. Article is here

Ramen with Noodles Made by Grinding Wheat on Millstone of Tomikawa
Ramen with Noodles Made by Grinding Wheat on Millstone -Tomikawa in Furano-'

Buckwheat Noodles

Mansaku (まん作) is a famous buckwheat noodles restraunt in Kamifurano town located in the south part of Asahikawa city. There is a building near the Miharashidai park (見晴台公園). It was founded in 2004. They garnered one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition and became more popular. Article is here

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Buckwheat Noodle with Sliced Duck and Green Onions of Mansaku
Buckwheat Noodle with Duck and Green Onions -Mansaku in Kamifurano-

French Cuisine

Restaurant ASPERGES (レストラン・アスペルジュ) is a French restaurant in Biei town located in the southern part of Asahikawa city. ASPERGES means asparagus in French language. It opened a business in 2007 and is open as a restaurant of Biei-senka (美瑛選果) run by JA Biei (JA美瑛). Mr. Kazunori Kato (加藤千典) act as a chef and it is popular restraunt that visitors can enjoy charm of vegetables. They garnered one star in MICHELIN GUIDE Hokkaido 2012 Special Edition. Article is here

Salad of Restaurant ASPERGES
French Cuisine -ASPERGES in Biei- Salad

Vegetables

Farm Restaurant Azemichi Yorimichi (ファームレストランあぜ道より道) is a popular restaurant near Lavender East of Farm Tomita (ファーム富田のラベンダーイースト) in Kamifurano town. 5 local women farmers wanted visitors to eat their vegetables, and they have opened the restaurant. A characteristic of this restaurant is vegetable after all. Because the visitors can eat the vegetables in a field under Tokachidake mountain range, so the visitors seem to feel having enjoyed Hokkaido. Article is here

Vegetables Curry and Rice of Farm Restaurant Azemichi Yorimichi
Vegetables Curry and Rice -Azemichi Yorimichi in Kamifurano-

Santa-no-Hige (Santa Claus's Beard)

Popura Farm Head Office (ポプラファーム本店) is a store specializing in Santa-no-Hige (サンタのヒゲ * Santa Claus's beard) in Nakafurano town. You may not know what the Santa-no-Hige is. In fact, it is sweets that put soft serve ice cream on a flesh of melon. A smooth curve of appearance would look like santa claus's beard. But it becomes noted sweets of Furano district now. I visited the head store in order to eat such famous dessert. Article is here

Santa-no-Hige
Santa-no-Hige (Santa Claus's beard) -Popura Farm in Nakafurano-

Bieisenka

Bieisenka (美瑛選果) is a local speciality shop run by JA Biei (JA美瑛) in Biei town located in the southern part of Asahikawa city. There are Senkaichiba (選果市場) that visitors can buy fresh vegetables, Senkakobo (選果工房) that the visitors can enjoy sweets and light meals, Restraunt ASPERGES (レストラン・アスペルジュ) that the vititors can enjoy vegetables of French cuisine and Komugikobo (小麦工房) that the visitors can purchase rusk at Bieisenka (びえいのラスク), and each buildings are stylish. Osamu Suzuki atelier (鈴木理アトリエ) designed the buildings. Article is here

Strawberry Juice of Senkakobo and Biei-no-Rusk of Komugisenka
Bieisenka Biei

List of Onsen

Along Tokachidake Mountain Range, hot springs gush out abundantly. There are Shirogane Onsen (白金温泉), Tokachidake Onsen (十勝岳温泉), Fukiage Onsen (吹上温泉) and Shima-no-Shita Onsen (島ノ下温泉). The Tokachidake Onsen is located at the highest onsen place in Hokkaido, the Fukiage Onsen is well-known as a secret onsen, and a lot of tourists come at present. In addition, Furanui Onsen (フラヌイ温泉) is in the Kamifurano, too.

Shirogane Onsen

Shirogane Onsen (白金温泉) is a popular hot-spring resort in Biei town located in the southern part of Asahikawa city. Three-hundred thousand people visit here every year. It is a base for sightseeing in the western part of the Daisetsuzan National Park (大雪山国立公園), and there are trailheads of Tokachidake Mountain Range including Mt. Tokachidake, Mt. Oputashike, Mt. Bieidake and Mt. Furanodake, near the Shirogane Onsen, so a lot of climbers as well as bathers come, too. There are 5 accommodations in a white birch forest, some trail pathes are built around those, too, and the tourists can enjoy great outdoors of Daisetsuzan. In addition, there are Shirogane Tourist information Center (白金観光センター案内所), Rindo Shokudo (林道食堂), Nagai Souvenir Shop (永井商店), Taisetsu Youth Recreation Hall (大雪青年交流の家) and Shirogane Campsite (国設白金野営場), too. By the way, the Shirogane Onsen is not so large, convenience stores are not built. Article is here

Biei Guesthouse Shirogane-no-Yu
Shirogane Onsen

Tokachidake Onsen

Tokachidake Onsen (十勝岳温泉) is a hot-spring place in Kamifurano town located in the southernern part of Asahikawa city. There are 2 buildings, Yumoto Ryounkaku (湯元凌雲閣) and Kamihoro-so (カミホロ荘) at around 1200 m above sea level, and it is said that the Kamihoro-so is a hot spring facility at the highest place in Hokkaido. There is a trailhead to Tokachidake Mountain Range (十勝岳連峰) at the end of a road, and a free parking lot and a restroom are built, too. The trailhead is next to the Yumoto Ryounkaku, and the Kamihoro-so is located under there little. The Tokachidake Onsen is famous for enjoying Sunrise, Sunset and Sea of Clouds because of the high place. Fall foliage are beautiful in an autumn, so a lot of tourists come. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Article is here

Yumoto Ryounkaku
Tokachidake Onsen Ryounkaku in Kamifurano

Fukiage Onsen

Fukiage Onsen (吹上温泉) is a hot spring place in Kamifurano town located in the southern part of Asahikawa city. There are Fukiage Roten-no-Yu (吹上温泉露天の湯) and Fukiage Onsen Rest Center Hakugin-so (吹上温泉保養センター 白銀荘) at 1200 m above sea level. Those are popular for high quality hot springs and a sense of openness. A type of the hot springs is acidic calcium and sodium sulfate chloride spring, and its characteristic is sour taste. That has a lot of the meta-silicic acid content, so it seems to be effective for beautiful skin. Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Nonstop buses do not run from Sapporo, New Chitose Airport or Asahikawa. Kamirurano town bus from Kamifurano Station to Fukiage Onsen, and here are Tokachidake Line Time Table and Route Map. Article is here

Fukiage Roten-no-Yu
Fukiage Onsen

Shima-no-Shita Onsen

Shima-no-Shita Onsen is a hot-spring place in Furano city located in the southernern part of Asahikawa city. Only Highland Furano Hotel (ハイランドふらのホテル) is built on a hillside. Some onsen ryokan used to open a business in the old days, but they closed down at present. Except the Highland Furano Hotel, Unfortunately, restraunts, cafes, cafes, souvenir shops and convenience stores are not built. Forest of Lavender (ラベンダーの森) is built as a health resort around the Highland Furano Hotel, and some waking paths are built, and visitors can enjoy forest bathing and birdwatching. The lavenders are full in blossom from mid July to late July. Cherry blossoms can be enjoyed in a spring, and fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn. Article is here

Highland Furano Hotel
Highland Furano Hotel, Shima-no-Shita Onsen

I introduce about the lavender on the first page, and introduce about the hills of the Biei on the second page, and introduce about Shirogane area, From the North Country, other tourist attractions, foods and onsen on the third page.

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Shirogane region and other onsen. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Shirogane Region

Mori-no-Ryotei Biei(森の旅亭びえい)
Booking
Taisestuzan Shirogane Kanko Hotel(大雪山白金観光ホテル)
Hotel Park Hills(ホテルパークヒルズ)
Yumoto Shirogane Onsen Hotel(湯元白金温泉ホテル)
Yamabe-no-Kazoku(山辺の家族)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Biei Guesthouse Shirogane-no-Yu(美瑛ゲストハウス 白金の湯)
HP

Other Onsen

Yumoto Ryounkaku(湯元凌雲閣)
Kokuminshukusha Kamihoro-so(国民宿舎カミホロ荘)
Furano Shiyuirin(富良野 思惟林)
Fukiage Onsen Rest Center Hakuginso(吹上温泉保養センター 白銀荘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Highland Furano Hotel(ハイランドふらのホテル)
Frontier Furanui Onsen(フロンティア フラヌイ温泉)
Booking
Booking.com

I introduce about the lavender on the first page, and introduce about the hills of the Biei on the second page, and introduce about Shirogane area, From the North Country, other tourist attractions, foods and onsen on the third page.

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  1. good! hokkaido! says:

    I hope you enjoy yourself!

  2. Krit says:

    Thank a lot for your reply, I’m very busy to gather useful info from your site since 18:00 (now is 21:40 already) and thank again for very useful info 😀

    still draft (roughly) my itinerary on 4 Sep. Might think about departure time from Obihiro. Since we might have many destination to stop by.

  3. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi, Krit san,
    Welcome to Hokkaido!

    If you like flower fields, you may like as follows.

    Obihiro (Tokachi)

    Shichiku Garden
    http://shichikugarden.com/

    Tokachi Hills
    http://www.tokachi-hills.jp.e.ne.hp.transer.com/

    Furano

    Kaze-no-Garedn
    http://hokkaido-garden.jp.e.ua.hp.transer.com/garden02.shtml

    * There is Ningle Terrace (Famous Popular Spot) at the same site, too.
    http://www.princehotels.co.jp/furano-area/summer/ningle/

    Farm Tomita
    http://www.farm-tomita.co.jp/en/
    * Lavender is gone.

    Biei

    Shikisai-no-Oka
    http://www.shikisainooka.jp/en/

    Zerubi-no-Oka
    http://biei.selfip.com/

    Kanno Farm
    http://www.kanno-farm.com/

    Asahikawa

    Ueno Farm
    http://www.uenofarm.net/index.php

  4. Krit says:

    Hi, Greeting from Thailand.

    I will be in Obihiro from 1-4 Sep and will follow your trace about food while in Obihiro. Do you happen to know about it worth the time to drive from Obihiro – Furano – Biei -Asahikawa – Sapporo on 4 Sep? is there any place the should stop by. I heard that at that time lavender filed will be gone so not sure that it have any flower filed or any spot should visit?

    Thank you very much 😀

  5. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi, Gonzales san,
    Welcome to Hokkaido!

    In reply to your inquiry, I think that Hokusei-no-Oka Observatory, Ken and Merry Tree, Zerubu Hill and Mild Seven Hill can be reached on foot. Another spots are a little far away, and you will get tired.

    There are some rental bicycle shops in Biei and Bibaushi.
    https://www.biei-hokkaido.jp/modelcourse/

    You might want to rent a bicycle to go around many spots.
    Have a nice trip!

  6. eggie a. gonzales says:

    Hi Good Hokkaido!

    I will be in Sapporo this July and I plan to go to Biei via the Lavender Express and then transfer to the Norokko train. Are all the spots like the Shikisai Hill, Shinei-no-oka Observatory, Mild Seven, Parent and Child, etc can be reached just by walking?

    Thanks in advance for your help!

  7. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi, Zoraida san!
    Thank you for your comment.

    Cherry blossoms in Hokkaido are best viewed around early May every year.
    Probably the cherry blossoms will still bloom.
    The cherry blossoms may begin to fall. But it is very good, too.

    Those are famous cherry blossom viewing spots that I have ever been to.
    https://good-hokkaido.info/en/hokkaido-cherry-blossom/

    Have a nice trip!

  8. Zoraida says:

    Hi I’ll be traveling on mid may
    What will I be seen in that time in Hokkaido or hakodate
    Will it be still cherry blossom?

  9. good! hokkaido! says:

    Hi, Tiffany san!
    Thank you for your comment.

    As you wrote, I think it is too early, too.
    But cherry blossoms are in full bloom in early May.
    A combination of the cherry blossoms and sceneries is good.
    In addition, Onsen at Kamifurano is very nice, too.

  10. Tiffany says:

    Hi! Are all these fields and trees listed here worth a visit during early spring (early may)? I’m worried about being too early- nothing to see.

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