Enjoy summer in Hokkaido: a two-day plan



Enjoy Summer in Hokkaido: a Two-Day Plan




LOCATION:Furano, Asahikawa

HIGHLIGHTS:Furano lavender fields, Asahikawa ramen noodles, Asahiyama Zoo


(Excludes transportation fees)

Summer in Hokkaido means it's time for lavender! You'll be amazed by the sprawling fields of purple unfolding before you as you travel following this two-day plan. Please note that this plan was made based on information from the summer of 2015. The schedules of tour trains and buses for the summer of 2016 are not yet finalized.

Day 1

Sapporo Station

icn_plan_train.png Approx. 40 min

  • 40 min. ride on the JR Hakodate Main line bound for Otaru (640 yen) → Otaru Station

Otaru Station

icn_plan_walk.png 10 min

Otaru Canal

  • TIME NEEDED:30 min
  • COST:0 YEN

Reflections of the warehouses and the light from the gas lamps on the surface of the water take visitors back in time.

icn_plan_walk.png Approx. 15 min

Otaru Masazushi Main store

  • TIME NEEDED:30 min
  • COST:1,500 YEN

This is a particularly popular restaurant located on “Sushi Street,” home to many restaurants specializing in sushi. The daily lunch special called Shun no Gokan is a good value at 1,500 yen. You can also order a la carte if you would prefer.

icn_plan_walk.png 10 min

Otaru Station

icn_plan_train.png icn_plan_bus.png Approx. 3 hours

  • Otaru Station → 40 min. ride on the JR Hakodate Main line bound for Sapporo (5,040 yen; purchase ticket to Asahikawa Station) → Sapporo Station → 1 hour 25 min. ride on the JR Hakodate Main line limited express Super Kamui bound for Asahikawa Station → Asahikawa Station

Asahikawa Station

icn_plan_bus.png Approx. 40 min

  • Asahikawa Station → 40 min. ride on the Asahikawa Denkikidou bus bound for Asahiyama Zoo (440 yen) → Asahiyama Doubutsuen bus stop

Asahiyama Zoo

  • TIME NEEDED:2 hours
  • COST:820 YEN

This is the northernmost zoo in Japan. Enjoy the silly antics of penguins, polar bears, and seals. Opening hours change depending on the season, so confirm in advance.

icn_plan_bus.png icn_plan_walk.png Approx. 50 min

  • Asahiyama Doubutsuen bus stop → 40 min. ride on the Asahikawa Denkikidou bus bound for Asahiyama Zoo (440 yen) → Asahikawa Station → 10 min. walk

Ramen no Hachiya Gojo Store

  • TIME NEEDED:30 min
  • COST:750 YEN

Dig into delicious soy sauce ramen for only 750 yen. This restaurant boasts a rich broth made from seafood and pork bones.

icn_plan_walk.png Approx. 10 min

Return to hotel in Asahikawa Station area

Day 2

Leave your hotel (Asahikawa Station area)

icn_plan_walk.png Time varies by hotel

Furano Biei Norokko-go Train

  • TIME NEEDED:1 hour 25 min
  • COST:1,300 YEN

The Furano Biei Norokko-go train runs every day from late June to mid August, and on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays during early/mid June and from late August to mid October. (Operating schedule may change without notice. Check timetable in advance.)

icn_plan_walk.png Approx. 7 min

  • Furano Biei Norokko-go → Lavender Farm Station → 7 min. walk

Farm Tomita

  • TIME NEEDED:1 hour
  • COST:0 YEN

The fields are filled with breathtaking lavender from mid to late June. This area also has restaurant and cafe spaces where you can enjoy curry made with fresh Hokkaido vegetables or desserts flavored with lavender.

icn_plan_walk.png Approx. 15 min

Nakafurano Municipal Lavender Garden

  • TIME NEEDED:30 min
  • COST:300 YEN

Entry to the park is free. Round-trip on the Sightseeing Lift is 300 yen person. Ride the lift to enjoy a sweeping view of the flower fields.

icn_plan_train.png icn_plan_walk.png Approx. 20 min

  • 10 min. walk → Naka-furano Station → 8 min. ride on the Furano Biei Norokko-go (230 yen) → Furano Station → brief walk → JR Furano Eki-mae Bus Platform

Twinkle Bus Furano-Asahikawa route

  • TIME NEEDED:3 hours
  • COST:2,500 YEN

Travel by bus from Furano to Asahikawa, making stops at the following tourist spots along the way. Only passengers of the Furano Biei Norokko-go train can board this bus; prior booking is also required.

≪Bus Stops≫
Goto Sumio Museum
Roller Coaster Road (view from bus window)
Shikisai-no-Oka garden
Patchwork Road (view from bus window)

Shikisai-no-Oka garden
Patchwork Road


Asahikawa Station

icn_plan_train.png Approx. 1 hour 25 min

  • 1 hour 25 min. ride on the JR Hakodate Main line limited express Super Kamui bound for Sapporo Station (4,680 yen) → Sapporo Station

Sapporo Station


The peak of the Furano lavender season is late July; however, some varieties bloom from late June while other late blooming varieties remain until early August.




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