On the northern side of the Furano Basin, the agricultural town Kamifurano is a convenient jumping-off point for both Tokachi-dake’s wonderful onsen and great hikes in the southwestern part of Daisetsuzan National Park. The town’s rustic countryside makes for a good few hours of strolling or cycling.
BOOK YOUR STAY ONLINE
Sleeping in Kamifurano
High season is in July and August. Book well in advance during these months, especially Tokachidake Onsen.
PLAN YOUR OWN TOUR
Kamifurano at a Glance
LINK THIS TOUR: Train Trip Asahikawa to Furano
START: Kamifurano Tokachidake Tourism Association
FINISH: Fukiage Onsen Hoyo Center Hakugin-so
DURATION: 3 hours+
BEST TIME: June to October / July for Lavender
Kamifurano Tokachidake Tourism Association
かみふらの十勝岳観光協会 / Tel 0167-45-3150 / Central Plaza (セントラルプラザ), 1-1-8 Naka-machi / Bike rentals 9am-4.30pm Jun-Sep
Start at this tourism association, about 200m south of JR Kamifurano Station along the railroad, whose offers electric MTB (¥600 for per hour, ¥2400 for four hours, ¥3000 for one-day ) from June to September.
NEXT: Head east on Prefectural Road 291 for 650m, then turn left and walk 350m to the foothill of Hinode Park.
FLOWER GARDEN & SCENIC VIEWPOINT
日の出公園 / E1N27 / 24hrs mid May-mid Oct / FREE
About 1km east of JR Kamifurano Station, this park is covered with lavender on a hill from July to early August. Expect spectacular rural and mountain views from the top. There is an observation deck and a car park.
NEXT: Head down to the foothill campsite from the observation deck, then 1km walk on the gravel road across the scenic fields. Turn left onto Prefectural Road 291 (Lavender Road) to Wada Grassland for 600m.
Wada Grassland and Acorn Village
和田草原とどんぐりの郷 / E4N27 / 24hrs / Closed in winter
This hilly grassland along the way to Tokachidake Onsen offering peaceful views of the Tokachi-dake Mountains and back across the town center.
NEXT: Walk 300m south cross the river to the Goto Sumio Museum of Art. There is a signboard.
ART MUSEUM & LUNCH
Goto Sumio Museum of Art
後藤純男美術館 / N4N26 / 9am-5pm, to 4pm Nov-Mar / ¥1100 www.gotosumiomuseum.com
Among the scenic fields near the town center, the famous Japanese-style painter Goto Sumio (1930-2016)’s atelier has a nice selection of grand-scale paintings, including the Tokachi-dake Mountains and Shari-dake. Afterwards, head next door to the Furano Grill (11am-5pm, to 4pm Nov-Mar) for lunch.
NEXT: From here, take the municipal bus (12:55 or 16:37) to Fukiage Onsen Hoyo Center Hakugin-so (26min / ¥500). If you plan to climb Tokachi-dake (十勝岳) or visit the Ryoun-kaku (凌雲閣), get off the bus at the last stop.
FINISH: HOT SPRING
Fukiage Onsen Hoyo Center Hakugin-so
吹上温泉保養センター白銀荘 / Day bathing 10am-10pm / ¥700/ kamifurano-hokkaido.com
In the style of a large wooden lodge, Fukiage Onsen Hakugin-so features amazingly large and handsome indoor baths, rocky open-air baths and mixed hot water pools (need to bring your own swimming suit). Day trippers can use the baths for ¥700 (10am-10pm). There are budget bunk-bed dorms, a shared kitchen, a dining room and a shop. It is a good place to meet other hikers and snowboarders. It is often crowded throughout the year, book well ahead.
CONTINUE: After soaking (or spend the night) at the Hakugin-so, you can head back to Kamifurano Station by bus (30min / ¥500) departing at 10:01, 13:51 and 17:40. From June to October, you can hike to Bogakudai (望岳台) viewpoint for an hour, then head down to Shirogane Onsen on the Uguisu-dani Trail (うぐいす谷遊歩道) for an hour.
DETOUR: HOT SPRING
吹上露天の湯 / 24hrs / FREE
Northern Hokkaido’s most famous konyoku roten-buro (mixed open-air pools) surrounded by forest, the Roten-no-yu was setting for the Kita-no-Kuni-kara and the TV drama 1995. This free onsen can be used throughout the year, but there are no changing facilities and night-time lighting. Women should wear swimming suit before going.
Roten-no-yu is a 10-minute walk south of the Hakugin-so and walk down a slope from a car park. The municipal bus stop at the gateway of Fukiage Ikoi-no-Hiroba (吹上いこいの広場).