Northern Hokkaido’s top agricultural city of Furano produces a wide range of vegetables, high-quality cheese and wine. The main attractions are rather spread out, so you will need to use a rental bike, taxi or local public transport.
Points of interests in Furano
Getting There & Around
Immediately to the left as you exit JR Furano Station, the souvenir shop Moriya (ラベンダーショップもりや) has rental bicycles (for ¥200 per hour, for ¥1000 per day) including MTB (for ¥500 per hour, for ¥1500 per day). Free luggage storage is available for guests (nonguests are ¥300 per day).
You will find Toyota Rent-a-Car (Tel 0167-23-2100; 8am-8pm Apr-Nov, 9am-6pm Nov-Mar) to the left as you exit JR Furano Station.
From late April to September, JR Furano Station operates Eki Rent-a-Car (Tel 0167-22-073; 9am-5pm) office.
(富良野ワイン工場) The city-managed winery sits on a hillside with small lavender gardens and it provides a look into wine-making methods. Free tasting is available on the 2nd floor overlooking the city (don’t drink and ride a car or bicycle). It is 2.5km northwest of JR Furano Station.
More info www.furanowine.jp
Furano Grape Juice Factory
(富良野市ぶどう果汁工場) About 1.5km north of the Furano Winery passes through the hillside vineyards, you will find this small factory that serves juice and soft-serve ice cream made from local grapes. If you take a train on the JR Furano Line, get off at Gakuden Station (学田駅: one stop north from Furano), from where it is a 8-minute walk west to the factory.
Furano Cheese Factory
(富良野チーズ工房) About 3km southwest of the city center is this enticing dairy products complex in the trees, where you can taste a variety of cheese, ice cream and pizza using local ingredients. You can making cheese, butter and ice cream here (ask for staff).
More info www.furano-cheese.jp