• November 25th, 2016
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[Blue Pond in Biei] Combination of Standing Dead Trees and Light Blue Creates Marvelous World

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. * The parking lot has changed to a paid parking lot for JPY 500 since 2020, and a food stall is built, too.

Blue Pond
Biei Shirogane Area Blue Pond
Parking Lot
Biei Shirogane Area Blue Pond

After water containing aluminum flows into Biei River from the Shirahige Falls and ground water in the Shirogane Onsen, and is mixed with hot springs containing sulfur or Iou River (硫黄川) containing the sulfur, colloidal that diffuses the sunlight are created in the river, and the water flows into the pond, so it is said that it looks blue color. Its water is not blue color, and is harmless to human bodies. Mr. Masumi Takahashi (高橋真澄), a professional photographer, took a photo of the pond, and the blue pond became known to the Japan, and Apple company adopted a photo taken by Mr. Taketo Shiraishi (白石健人), a professional photographer, to a wall paper of Mac OS X "Mountain Lion", and the pond became known to the world. The photo of the Blue Pond is breath-holding beauty, too.

Shirahige Falls

Shirahige Falls (白ひげの滝) is a waterfall at about 600 m above sea level in Shirogane Onsen, Biei town located in the southeastern part of Asahikawa city, and was named after splashes of the falls like the white mustache. It is the rare waterfall in Japan that underground water drops from cracks of rocks, and is one of famous falls together with Furepe Falls (乙女の滝) in Shiretoko Peninsula and Funbe Falls (フンベの滝) in Hiroo in Hokkaido. By the way, Yumoto Shirogane Onsen Hotel (湯元白金温泉ホテル) is built on the falls. Admission free. As for a parking lot, visitors can park at Shirogane Tourist Information Center or a community parking lot. A restroom is provided at the Shirogane Tourist Information Center, too. Read More

Shirahige Falls
Biei Shirogane Area Shirahige Waterfall

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. Read More

Bogakudai
Biei Mt.Tokachi Obeservatory

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. Read More

Biei Guesthouse Shirogane-no-Yu
Shirogane Onsen

Express Bus "Furano-go" (高速ふらの号) runs between Sapporo and the Furano, and Express Bus "Lavender-go" (ラベンダー号) runs between Asahikawa and the Furano. In addition, North Liner, an express bus, is in service between the Asahikawa and Obihiro, and stop in the Furano or Biei, too, so people can move more rapidly than common transportation facilities. In the Furano and Biei, some rent-a-car companies open a business, so tourists can drive a rental car.

List of Means of Transportation

Highway buses run between the Furano and the Sapporo or the Asahikawa, and North Liner, an express bus, runs between the Asahikawa and the Obihiro. Refer to following the means of the transportation. As for car rental comparison websites, you can compare vehicle rental prices on Tabi-Plaza Rental Car Reservation (旅ぷらざレンタカー予約), Jalan Rental Car (じゃらんレンタカー) and Rakutem Travel Rental Car (楽天トラベルレンタカー).

Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Sapporo to Furano
Jalan
Rakuten
Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Furano to Sapporo
Jalan
Rakuten
Furano Bus(ふらのバス) From Furano to Asahikawa
Jalan
Rakuten
Furano Bus(ふらのバス) From Asahikawa to Furano
Jalan
Rakuten
Hokkaido Takushoku Bus(北海道拓殖バス) From Asahikawa to Obihiro
Hokkaido Takushoku Bus(北海道拓殖バス) From Obihiro to Asahikawa
Toyota Rental Lease(トヨタレンタリース) Their office is near Furano Station.
Jalan
Station Rent-a-car(駅レンタカー) Their offices are at Furano Station and Biei Station.
Ones Rent-a-car(ワンズレンタカー) Their office is near Furano Ski Resort Kitanomine Zone.
Jalan
Rakuten

Furano and Biei

Furano region (富良野) and Biei region (美瑛) are located in the center of Hokkaido, and are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hokkaido at present. 2 million tourists visit to savor lavenders, shooting places of "From the north country (北の国から)" that is famous Japanese television drama in the Furano and hills of the Biei. Blue Pond (青い池) and Shirahige Falls (白ひげの滝) in Shirogane (白金) has been became famous recently, and charms add to the Biei and the Furano as the popular tourist attractions more and more, and those region are receiving increased attention throughout the country and overseas country. It is one of characteristics that various colors can be enjoyed in the Furano and the Biei. Read More

Biei Scenery
Biei Hills

4 seasons of Blue Pond

The Blue Pond is a pool of water of the Biei River (Blue River) in a disaster prevention small dam, and a combination of standing dead trees such as Japanese Larch and blue color of the pond creates a marvelous scenery. It is said that shades of blue color turn into light blue to deep blue depending on the weather or the seasons. I saw only light turquoise blue, but the deep blue is beautiful, too.

Blue Pond
Biei Shirogane Area Blue Pond
Blue Pond
Biei Shirogane Area Blue Pond
Blue Pond
Biei Shirogane Area Blue Pond

The walks of about 300 m in total length is built along the pond, and the time it takes to look around on foot is from 30 to 60 minutes. Please find a favorite place. The standing dead trees have decayed every year, and those as well as Todowara in Notsuke Peninsula rot away eventually, so you should see the pond while the dead trees stand. Daytime is crowded with tourists, and you can enjoy the pond as much as you likes early in the morning. The melt pond can be enjoyed in a spring, fresh green can be enjoyed in a summer, fall foliage can be enjoyed in an autumn, and snow view or early snow view like the wall paper of the Mac can be enjoyed in a winter.

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Blue Pond
Biei Shirogane Area Blue Pond
Blue Pond
Biei Shirogane Area Blue Pond
Color of Water Is Light Turquoise Blue
Biei Shirogane Area Blue Pond
I Look at Another Shore on Shore
Biei Shirogane Area Blue Pond
Standing Dead Trees Such as Japanese Larch
Biei Shirogane Area Blue Pond
Standing Dead Trees Such as Japanese Larch
Biei Shirogane Area Blue Pond
Tourists Can Look around Pond along Shore
Biei Shirogane Area Blue Pond
Blue Pond with Fall Foliage
Biei Shirogane Area Blue Pond

In the winter, the blue pond is open to public only during a period that the blue pond is lit up. So you may not be interesting in the just frozen blue pond that is not blue color in the daytime. But the blue pond lit up in the evening becomes popular. By the way, from late November to mid December before freezing up are the best timing if you want to see the beautiful view like the wall paper of the Mac.

Winter Blue Pond
Biei Shirogane Area Winter Blue Pond
Winter Blue Pond
Biei Shirogane Area Winter Blue Pond
Path to Blue Pond
Biei Shirogane Area Winter Blue Pond
Blue Pond Lit up in Winter
Biei Shirogane Area Blue Pond

Atmosphere of Blue Pond Can Be Watched on Youtube

Movie of Blue Pond

Admission fee Free of charge
Parking lot Free parking is provided (100 Cars)
Business hours Open 24 hours
Regular closing day Winter season * It changes depending on years
Telephone number +81-166-92-4378
Home page Home page is here
Mapcode 349 569 455*24

List of Activities

In the Furano and Biei, some types of activities can be enjoyed. Refer to following websites for the activity companies around the Lake Saroma. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Hot Air Balloon and Motor Paraglider

Movie of Hot Air Balloon


Leisure Guide Asobiya(レジャーガイド遊び屋)
Furano Nature Club(富良野ネイチャークラブ)
MPG Sorachi(MPGそらち)
Jalan

Guided Cycling Tour and Rental Cycling

Movie of Cycling Tour


Urespa Furano(ウレシパ・フラノ)
Guided Cycling Tour Biei(Guided cycling Tour美瑛)
ASOVIEW
Terashima Shokai(寺島商会)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Terashima Shokai(松浦商店)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Takikawa Cycle(滝川サイクル)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Uno Shoten(宇野商店)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Gaido-no-Yamagoya(ガイドの山小屋)
ASOVIEW
Jalan

Catching Stag Beetles Activity

M Factory Furano(エム・ファクトリーふらの)
Jalan

Experience Activities

Farms Chiyoda Fureai Ranch(ファームズ千代田 ふれあい牧場)
ASOVIEW
Furano Jam Garden(ふらのジャム園)
ASOVIEW
Yuika(ゆい菓)
ASOVIEW
Tada Farm(多田農園)
ASOVIEW
Resort Inn North Country(リゾートインノースカントリー)
Domaine Raison(ドメーヌレゾン)
ASOVIEW
Kaiku Kiln(皆空窯)
ASOVIEW
Matsuka Farm(松家農園)
ASOVIEW

Nature Guided Tour

Biei Shirogane Nature Club(美瑛・白金ネイチャークラブ)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Furano Nature School(富良野自然塾)

Canoe and Rafting

Movie of Canoe


Movie of Rafting


Little Tree(リトル・トリー)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Lesuire Guide Asobiya(レジャーガイド遊び屋)
Kawanoko Rafting(かわのこラフティング)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Guideline Outdoor Club(ガイドラインアウトドアクラブ)
ASOVIEW
Sportpia Furano(スポートピアふらの)
Gakkeisha(楽渓社)
Jalan
Floating Leaf(フローティングリーフ)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Hokkaido Adventure Tours(北海道アドベンチャーツアーズ)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Doronko Open-Air School(NPO法人 どろんこ野外学校)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Navo(ナヴォ)
Jalan
M Factory Furano(エム・ファクトリーふらの)
Wokkys(ウッキーズ)
Jalan

Snow Activity

Movie of Snow Activity


White Koala(ホワイトコアラ)
Jalan

Pond Smelt Fishing

Movie of Pond Smelt Fishing


Guideline Outdoor Club(ガイドラインアウトドアクラブ)
ASOVIEW
Jalan
Furano Nature Club(富良野ネイチャークラブ)
ASOVIEW
Jalan

List of Accommodations

Refer to following websites for the accommodations in the Furno and the Biei. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.

Shirogane Onsen

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)
Biei Guesthouse Shirogane-no-Yu(美瑛ゲストハウス 白金の湯)
Biei Nature Village Campsite(美瑛自然の村キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Shirogane Campsite(白金野営場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Biei

Hotel Lavenir Biei(ホテル ラヴニール美瑛)
Minshuku Cress(民宿クレス)
Petit Hotel Pie(プチホテルピエ)
Booking
Phottage inn Biei(Phottage inn Biei)
Jalan
Natsumi-no-Sato(ペンション&ギャラリー 菜摘実の里)
Jalan
Potato Village Biei Poteto-no-Oka(ポテトヴィレッジ 美瑛ポテトの丘)
Booking
Alp Lodge BIEI(アルプロッジ 美瑛)
Booking
Country House KAKI(カントリーハウス KAKI)
Booking
Pension Ken and Mary(ペンション ケンとメリー)
Farm Udokusha(ファーム雨読舎)
Booking
Rakuten
Pension Ki-no-Uta(ペンション木のうた)
Rakuten
Tourist home Cottage Clover(コテージクローバー)
HP
Jalan
Cottage Spoon Valley(スプウン谷のザワザワ村)
Booking
Jalan
Tabibitoyado Kyushokushitsu(旅人宿 給食室)
Booking
Jalan
Farm Pension With You(ファームペンション ウィズユー)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Small Inn Konpeiso(小ちゃなお宿こんぺい草)
Booking
Pension Niji(ペンション 虹)
Pension Baku(ペンション麦)
Booking
Hotel Coro Coro(カントリーハウス CoroCoro)
Jalan
Auberge Kunsthaus(オーベルジュ クンストハウス)
Auberge Adagio(緩.慢 Adagio)
Rakuten
Biei-no-Yado Hidamari(美瑛B&B 陽だまり)
Booking
Oka-no-Yado Shiki(美瑛 丘の宿「四季」)
Booking
Jalan
Unenebatake-to-Kumo-no-Tsuki(うねうね畑とくもの月)
Jalan
Megumiyuki(笑顔咲く宿 めぐみ雪)
Rakuten
Pension Hoshigaoka(美瑛ペンション 星ヶ丘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Oka-no-Yado Hozuki(美瑛の丘の宿ほおずき)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Pension COCORIRE(ペンションココリール)
Booking
Pension Jacatra(ペンションジャガタラ)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Bibaushi Liberty Youth Hostel(美馬牛リバティユースホステル)
Booking
To-no-Mieruyado Okasenri(塔の見える宿おかせん里)
Booking
Warakutei(和raku-Tei)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Resort House BIBI(リゾートハウス BIBI)
Auberge Ninguruforêt(オーベルジュ ニングルフォーレ)
Oyado Ichirin(お宿 一凛)
Booking
Kunpusha(薫風舎)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Kami-furano

Furano Hops Hotel(富良野ホップスホテル)
Frontier Furanui Onsen(フロンティア フラヌイ温泉)
Booking
Cosmos Farm(コスモス・ファーム)
Booking
Jalan
Pension Landscape Furano(ペンション ランドスケープふらの)
Tabi-no-Yado Stella(旅の宿 ステラ)
Booking
Rakuten
Daichi-no-Yado Josha(大地の宿 じょう舎)
Booking
Rakuten
woodylife(ウッディライフ)
Kamifurano Dorakukan(かみふらの道楽館)
Booking
Minshuku Hitsuji-no-Uta(洋風民宿 ひつじの詩)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Pension Kaze-no-Michi(ペンション風の道)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Guest House Tabi-no-Tochu(ゲストハウス「旅の途中」)
Booking
Jalan
Gufo no Mori Kamifurano(Gufoの森・上富良野)
Jalan
Shalom House Kamifurano(シャロームハウス上富良野)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Hana Shichiyo Cottage(花七曜コテージ)
Booking
Tabi-no-Yado Mr.GNU(旅の宿ミスター・ニュー)
Booking
Jalan
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)

Furano

Furano Prince Hotel(富良野プリンスホテル)
New Furano Prince Hotel(新富良野プリンスホテル)
Hotel Naturwald Furano(ホテル ナトゥールヴァルト富良野)
Hotel Edel Warme(富良野リゾートホテル エーデルヴェルメ)
Ituka Furano e(バリアフリーの宿 いつか富良野へ)
Jalan
New Furano Hotel(ニュー富良野ホテル)
petit hotel MELON Furano(Petit Hotel MELON 富良野)
Furano Natulux Hotel(富良野 ナチュラクス ホテル)
Furano Shochiku-so(富良野 松竹荘)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Tabi-no-Yado Furarin(たびのやど ふらりん)
Furano Hotel Bell Hills(ホテル ベルヒルズ)
Resort Inn North Country(リゾートイン ノースカントリー)
Minshuku Mutsukari(民宿むつかり(六雁))
Jalan
Furano Hotel(フラノ寶亭留)
Hotel Sunfuraton(ホテル サンフラトン)
Pension Ashitaya(ペンション あしたや)
Hostel Tomar(HOSTEL TOMAR)
Jalan
Tsuru Apartments(鶴apartment)
HP
Ryokan Furusato-so(旅館ふる郷荘)
HP
Brick House Furano(BRICK HOUSE ふらの)
Jalan
Meguminoyu(岩盤浴 慈の癒(めぐみのゆ))
HP
Minshuku Akiba(民宿あきば)
Pension Young House(ペンション やんぐはうす)
Log Yukari(ログ由縁(ゆかり))
Pension Ressha House(ペンション 列車HOUSE)
Cottage Yuyu(コテージゆうゆう(悠遊))
Booking
Pension Hoshi Ni Negaiwo(ペンション 星に願いを)
Chalet Fuyuri(CHALET富遊里)
Pension Furanui(ペンション フラヌイ)
Pension Lavender(ペンション ラベンダー)
Booking
Jalan
Minshuku Shokudo Shojikimura(民宿 食堂 正直村)
Booking
Phytoncide Morinokaori(フィトンチッド森の香り)
Pension Gooseberry(ペンション グスベリー)
Pension Ressha House(ペンション 列車HOUSE)
Hotel Edel Warme(富良野リゾートホテル エーデルヴェルメ)
Cottage Yuyu(コテージゆうゆう(悠遊))
Booking
furano rental house(ふらのレンタルハウス)
HP
Jalan

Naka-furano

Log Cottage Himawari(ログコテージ ひまわり)
Kitaboshi(きたぼし)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Minshuku Nakafurano-sanso(民宿 なかふらの山荘)
Jalan
Rakuten
FIRST TRACK INN(ファースト トラック(旅篭))
Furano Resort Orika(富良野リゾート オリカ)
Furano La Terre(SPA & HOTEL RESORT ふらのラテール)
Pension Yasuragi(ペンションやすらぎ)
HP
Booking
Rakuten
Petit Hotel Blaneneige(プチホテル ブランネージュ)
HP
Petit Hotel Blanc Fleur(プチホテル ブランフルール)
HP
Pension and Restaurant La Collina(ペンション&レストラン ラ・コリーナ)
Pension Raclette(ペンション ラクレット)
Jalan
Farm Inn Tomu(ファームイン富夢)
Booking
Jalan
Shiki-no-Yado KIZUNA(四季の宿KI・ZU・NA)
Booking
Rakuten
Guest House Kaki no Ie(ゲストハウス 柿の家)
HP
Jalan
Farm Inn Dococa Farm(ファームインどこか農場)
Bungalow Village Chouette(バンガローヴィレッジ シュエット)
Booking
Jalan
Guesthouse Akane-yado(ゲストハウス 夕茜舎(あかねやど))
Element(Element)
Country Cottage Wakiaiai(カントリーコテージ和樹あい愛)
Pension Ayumu(ペンション歩)
HP
Booking
Jalan
Pension Yamasan(ペンションやま山)
Jalan
Rakuten
Hoshinitegatodokuoka Campsite(星に手のとどく丘キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Forest Park Campsite(森林公園キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Minami-furano

Kanayamako Rest Center(かなやま湖保養センター)
Booking
Rakuten
Log Hotel Larch Lake Kanayama(かなやま湖ログホテルラーチ)
Nanputei(旅籠や れすとらん なんぷてい)
Kanayamako Automobile Campsite(かなやま湖オートキャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten

Shimanoshita Onsen

Highland Furano Hotel(ハイランドふらのホテル)

Tokachidake 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

Fukiage Onsen Rest Center Hakuginso(吹上温泉保養センター 白銀荘)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Hakuginsomae Campsite(白銀荘前キャンプ場)
Booking
Jalan
Rakuten
Booking.com

A page of Biei Shirogane Area is here

Biei Shirogane Area

By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.

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