Mid Feb 2018
Furano is a good resort for piste skiing, with endless possibilities to suit all standards of skier. There is a limited amount of side country to ski, and this can be great after a fresh snow fall, but the number of skiers at Furano means it is skied out quickly. Whilst we have stayed for a week at Furano in each of the last 2 years, both years we have used a guiding company with a van to ski at nearby resorts for 3 or 4 days. This gives our group a bigger range of options for side country and back country skiing – Kamui, Asahidake, Tomamu, Sahoro were the 4 locations visited in 2018.
We like staying at the Furano Prince Hotel, as it is both ski in/ski out and it is within easy walking distance in the evening for approx 10 restaurants nearby. Most of these small restaurants seem to be fairly authentic, and not set up for Australian tourists. The hotel itself is okay and we are happy with the standard of the rooms, the service and the breakfast. Having also stayed in the New Furano Prince, the standard of the rooms is quite different.
Thanks again for your brilliant recommendations Hisae. Furano, and the Old Prince Hotel, were perfect for our annual Ski Trip. The mountain is perfect for intermediate skiers like our family. Great groomed runs with powder on the sides for the occasional dip into the trees. Staying at the Kitanomine side was close enough to walk into the village for dinner (Panier was a standout with Saito’s omu curry) and easy access to FISS for English lessons for each of us. Old Prince was a comfortable bubble era resort. Plenty of space for 4 in the maisonette room. Chat soon about 2019 trip!
Mid january 2018
Our stay at Furano was fantastic! The snow conditions were terrific and never had to wait in line for a lift – service was excellent! Also, can’t speak highly enough of the staff at both the Prince Hotel Furano when my 12 year old son broke his leg – everyone was so accommodating and tried very hard to assist when possible to get my son around in a wheel chair – even organising disabled mini buses every time we needed to leave the hotel. I also appreciate your help Hisae, with organising extra leg room on the bus transfer between Furano and Tomamu for my son.
We are definitely considering more ski trips to Japan in the future.
Mid Feb 2017
Your service was excellent although I did find the payment options a bit limiting in terms of getting the best exchange rate on the transaction – not a show stopper though.
The hotel itself is starting to get a bit tired and needs refurbishment but that is in part made up by the terrific ski in/ski out (just) location.
The staff were outstanding – all very friendly and helpful.The meals were excellent. Good choice at breakfast and dinner (buffet). There is no bar in the hotel so nowhere to relax over a drink.
While it is a fair way out of Furano town, there is a night bus service with a pick-up from the front of the hotel. The bus to Asahikawa airport also stops at the front of the hotel.
As for the skiing, it wasn’t the greatest of snow when I was there and there are only a limited number challenging runs so overall I found it a bit tame. Probably good for families though.
Hi Roy, Thanks for the review! If you have access to a better exchange rate the best choice is paying directly into our Japanese yen account. Simply chose this option on checkout and our bank details will be emailed to you. Regards Japan Snow Accommodation