• November 25th, 2016
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[Shirahige Falls in Biei] Blue Upstream of Blue Pond

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.

Shirahige Falls
Biei Shirogane Area Shirahige Waterfall
Blue River Bridge
Biei Shirogane Area Shirahige Waterfall
Shirogane Onsen
Biei Shirogane Area Shirahige Waterfall

The Shirahige Falls is located on the upper stream of Blue Pond (青い池). After water containing aluminum flows into Biei River from the 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 down the river from the confluence of the Iou River and the Biei River looks blue, so it is called "Blue River". Its water is clear and colorless, and is harmless to human bodies. 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) and the Blue Pond are relatively near here.

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. Read More

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. 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

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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
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    Chuo Bus(中央バス) From Furano to Sapporo
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    Furano Bus(ふらのバス) From Furano to Asahikawa
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    Furano Bus(ふらのバス) From Asahikawa to Furano
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    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.
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    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 Shirahige Falls

    The Shirahige Falls is a waterfall about 20 m high, and the width is about 40 m. The falls can be seen on Blue River Bridge (Shirogane Bridge). The delicate flowing is common dropping underground water, and is not differnce from powerful Kegon Falls. Fresh green with the falls can be enjoyed in a spring, fall foliage with the falls, and snow with the falls can be enjoyed in a winter. In addition, the falls is lit up in the winter, too. Acrophobia people may be terrible because the Blue River Bridge is built at an altitude of 40 m from the ground or water surface.

    Upper of Shirahige Falls
    Biei Shirogane Area Shirahige Waterfall
    Autumn Shirahige Falls
    Winter Shirahige Falls in Biei
    Winter Shirahige Falls
    Winter Shirahige Falls in Biei
    Winter Shirahige Falls
    Winter Shirahige Falls in Biei

    Atmosphere of Shirahige Falls Can Be Watched on Youtube

    Movie of Shirahige Falls

    Admission fee Free of charge
    Parking lot Free parking is provided * Shirogane tourist information center community parking lot
    Business hours Open 24 hours
    Regular closing day Open all year round
    Telephone number +81-166-92-4378
    Home page Home page is here
    Mapcode 796 182 482*20

      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)
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      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
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      Takikawa Cycle(滝川サイクル)
      ASOVIEW
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      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)
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      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
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      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
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      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)
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      M Factory Furano(エム・ファクトリーふらの)
      Wokkys(ウッキーズ)
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      Snow Activity

      Movie of Snow Activity


      White Koala(ホワイトコアラ)
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      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
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      Furano Nature Club(富良野ネイチャークラブ)
      ASOVIEW
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      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)
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        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
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        Rakuten
        Shirogane Campsite(白金野営場)
        Booking
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        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
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          Cottage Spoon Valley(スプウン谷のザワザワ村)
          Booking
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          Tabibitoyado Kyushokushitsu(旅人宿 給食室)
          Booking
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          Farm Pension With You(ファームペンション ウィズユー)
          Booking
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          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)
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          Auberge Kunsthaus(オーベルジュ クンストハウス)
          Auberge Adagio(緩.慢 Adagio)
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          Biei-no-Yado Hidamari(美瑛B&B 陽だまり)
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          Oka-no-Yado Shiki(美瑛 丘の宿「四季」)
          Booking
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          Unenebatake-to-Kumo-no-Tsuki(うねうね畑とくもの月)
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          Megumiyuki(笑顔咲く宿 めぐみ雪)
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          Pension Hoshigaoka(美瑛ペンション 星ヶ丘)
          Booking
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          Rakuten
          Oka-no-Yado Hozuki(美瑛の丘の宿ほおずき)
          Booking
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          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
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          Bibaushi Liberty Youth Hostel(美馬牛リバティユースホステル)
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          To-no-Mieruyado Okasenri(塔の見える宿おかせん里)
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          Warakutei(和raku-Tei)
          HP
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          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
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          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)
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            Cosmos Farm(コスモス・ファーム)
            Booking
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            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
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            Rakuten
            Pension Kaze-no-Michi(ペンション風の道)
            Booking
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            Rakuten
            Guest House Tabi-no-Tochu(ゲストハウス「旅の途中」)
            Booking
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            Gufo no Mori Kamifurano(Gufoの森・上富良野)
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            Shalom House Kamifurano(シャロームハウス上富良野)
            HP
            Booking
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            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
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            Hinode Park Automobile Campsite(日の出公園オートキャンプ場)
            Booking
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            Rakuten
            Hinode Park Automobile Campsite(日の出公園オートキャンプ場)
            Booking
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            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)
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              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
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              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))
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              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)
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              Tsuru Apartments(鶴apartment)
              HP
              Ryokan Furusato-so(旅館ふる郷荘)
              HP
              Brick House Furano(BRICK HOUSE ふらの)
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              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
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              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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