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Question why Furano?

Discussion in 'Japan' started by Any, Sep 27, 2019.

  1. Any

    Any One of Us

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    I would like to know why Furano has so much attraction from tourists.
    why did you go there?

    I've been debating posting this for a long time (years actually!) because I don't know how to ask and get a real answer without my own (acknowledgeably many), and other's, prejudices from getting in the way.
    Today I'm drunk enough to put the question our there.
    note that it is not my intention to be facetious or aggressive in any way. It genuinely puzzles me.
    also note, I interpret high accommodation prices, filled booking schedules, and frequent forum mentions as high interest in an area.
     
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  2. D-eye

    D-eye Photographer and skier Moderator

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    At the time I went (2008) it was to avoid tourists, and to increase the chances of powder (unfortunately spring came early, slush, ice and death cookies on much longer runs than Australia).

    When I went there were very few English speakers, apart from a handful of people everyone was Japanese, there were no crowds on the hill, and there were some nice Onsens nearby.

    Accommodation costs were similar to elsewhere. Food was cheap.
     
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  3. Budgiesmuggler

    Budgiesmuggler A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I went in part because there was not much snow at the other resort we we’re planning to to.

    Decent size resort, well located accommodation , actual town nearby, good skiing.

    What’s not to like?
     
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  4. Crispy013

    Crispy013 One of Us

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    There’s not that many options (really) on Hokkaido that have a decent sized mountain, good facilities and township for extended stays. With Niseko exploding from a development perspective, I guess people are after other options. I quite liked Furano, the mountain was large and had good variety. Actual proper steeps in bounds which is hard to find in Japan in general. It still gets good snow, maybe not as regular as Niseko, but proper cold and dry. Then there’s the off piste gates which have been introduced in recent years. It ticks alot of boxes.
     
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  5. Kangaroo

    Kangaroo One of Us

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    I did a trip report 2 years ago. I'd go back there in a heartbeat. Reasons:

    Few tourists (no loud, obnoxious Aussies in particular)
    Quality snow
    Good restaurants in town
    Stunning scenery
    Cold. Very cold.
    Wonderful locals.
     
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  6. Kangaroo

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  7. Donzah

    Donzah Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    Why Niseko is a question I ask myself!
     
  8. Heinz

    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's not Niseko
     
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    rowdyflat One of Us

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    If you ever went with telenomore offpiste you would understand .
     
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  10. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    It's got great groomers for learners
    The ski school is decent.
    Hiring gear is easy.
    The top of the hill has enough terrain to amuse the more advanced skier.
    It's relatively large compared to other Japanese resorts.
    Lots of nearby restaurants.
    The terrain through the gates is lots of fun.
    Gets good, dry powder snow.
    We got waist deep powder.
    Easy to access from CTS.
    Good accommodation close to the hill.
    The hot baileys milk at the gondola station.
    It's not Niseko (x2)
     
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  11. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    Don't worry, the EPIC pass holders will shortly be moving off to Rusutsu.

    :out:
     
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  12. Hyst

    Hyst Enjoyer Ski Pass: Gold

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    I do understand why @Any needed to be tipsy to ask the question.
    Some rather like Niseko bashing than telling why Furano is great.:(

    Luckily @Any has his Kei-camper - any free electrical plugs in Furano? :D
    Edit: with fast internet of course. :whistle:
     
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  13. Mike Pow

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    The few times I've been there I've really enjoyed it.

    For the reasons mentioned above.

    And it's a great hub for some very cool day tripping / road tripping.
     
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    Zimbooo One of Us

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    Has a McDonalds......................:D
     
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  15. VIC

    VIC Hard Yards

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    Haven't been but got my trip booked for Jan 2020. Decided on Furano because:
    1. Heard good things about ski school
    2. Cheaper than Niseiko (made my accommodation bookings pretty late and found cheaper accommodations in Furano which suited criteria of proximity from the slope)
    3. After visiting Nozawa followed by Hakuba I concluded that part of an enjoyable Japanese ski holiday is local food, onsen and taking in the local vibes (Not that Hakuba didnt have the local restaurants, International options just far out number the Japanese ones which also made it harder to book). Never been to Niseko but I gather it would have been similar to Hakuba.
    That being said anyone got good recommendations for food and onsen in Furano (kitanomine area) :)
     
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  16. telenomore

    telenomore One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    Has Tokachi Mts. just across the valley.........
     
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  17. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    That place is rubbish, don't go there ;)

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  18. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    Why Furano?

    Because this......

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    By him....
     
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  19. DidSurfNowSki

    DidSurfNowSki One of them Ski Pass: Gold

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    I've been there :)
     
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  20. Mike Pow

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    The dog leg line in the background is magic
     
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  21. Tonester

    Tonester Lift Line Nazi Ski Pass: Gold

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    World famous Furano style okonomiyaki...featuring regional produce.
    I've been trying to convince him to open up a branch in Sydney, although I think I'd have better luck pitching the Gold Coast as an option....he's very partial to Queensland sun and beach!
     
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  22. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    I really liked Furano.
    Didn’t have long there, but enough to know I’d enjoy going back.
    Maybe we should do a trip mid March @Any !!!

    Quite enjoyed the gates.

    And there’s this!
    Tokachidake, yes please.
    I’d go back in a heartbeat. But maybe just day trips from Furano - the whole onsen accomodation didn’t suit the girl with sulphur allergies. I’d also skip the mountain climb through the fumerole field next trip. Took me a good week to feel normal again.
     
  23. Sandy

    Sandy Dark Sith Lord of the Pool Room Moderator Ski Pass: Gold

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    Ummmm..... No.
     
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  24. geeoff

    geeoff Hard Yards

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    Which restaurant?
     
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    Heinz Old n' Crusty Ski Pass: Gold

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    geeoff Hard Yards

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    Olgreg One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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  28. D-eye

    D-eye Photographer and skier Moderator

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    definitely this, I'm glad he's still going.
     
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  29. LDJ

    LDJ One of Us Ski Pass: Silver

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    I’ll let you know Feb 2020 as I’m there for 6 days. Our reasons for choosing. Large resort for Japan, gates, day trips, off piste guiding options, good onsens and food. Dry but not super deep powder for my dad to experience his first Japow.
     
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  30. Crispy013

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    Reminiscing on my trip there in 2014. Furano was fun.
     
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  31. Ozgirl

    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    was the Perth meet up last night?

    LOL
     
  32. LMB

    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Nah, not yet.
    Wait for the shitposting that night!
    Will be epic.
     
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    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    I just thought Any need you around to get drunk!
     
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    LMB Old but definitely not Crusty! Ski Pass: Gold

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    Everyone likes to blame LMBs bad influence.
    It’s not me I tells ya!
     
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    Ozgirl A Local Ski Pass: Gold

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    just keep telling yourself that, eventually one day it will come true :p
     
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  36. Jonkl

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    Our first snow trip where I introduced Mrs to snowboarding was at Furano, it was March this year, snow was ok considering the time of the year, but scenery was beautiful. Yes, mostly Japanese on the mountain is a big plus. We would go back there in a heartbeat.
    We stayed at a place called "Brick House Furano", literally 5 mins walk to the slopes, great host, generally cheaper rates using booking.com and agoda than airbnb.

    Food wise, if you are into Shabu shabu, theres a great little place called "Sennari" that's always packed out, best to make a phone booking beforehand, cheap and large portion

    Famous Soup Curry, I would suggest "Furanoya" over the more famous "Yuiga Doxon"

    Quick Ramen fix during lunch hr, "Ramen Restaurant Shojikimura", 5 mins walk again from the slope, better than the restaurant at the slope.

    Sushi on a budget, "Kaiten Sushi Topikaru", conveyor belt style but can still order over counter, fresh quality, good selection, friendly staff even if they speak very limited english.

    And if you are into proper Japanese Onsen experience, you have to go to
    Hot water of Fukiage open-air
    吹上露天の湯


    Free open-air onsen, be prepared to face off in nude :)
    But you are allowed to wear swimsuit if you are a bit modest in nature

    For the advance ski, I've noticed some locals go to
    Daisetsuzan Asahidake
    大雪山旭岳
    For some off-piste powder

    Even if you are not into off-piste, the view up there in A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
     
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    telecommuter One of Us

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    I love Furano, for all the reasons above. Last year was my first full winter there, and I had the chance to explore the surrounding areas in between guiding work. There is some amazing backcountry nearby that is easily accessible, with some great scenery, touring and powder on the rus down. I also explored the back bowls which had some fantastic tree skiing. These bowls can be lapped, on a number of occasions we skied right out to the highway which was a great combination of downhill lines and touring.

    Oh - and the Tokachis... Mmmm... :D
     
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    qwill Part of the Furniture Ski Pass: Gold

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    yes but you would say that
     
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