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Furano is the most famous of all the ski resorts in Japan, however it is still relatively undiscovered by foreign tourists. Furano is known for its light, powdery snow, of which up to 29 feet (9m) falls each year, and equally for its amazing weather, with more sunny days than any other resort on Hokkaido.

The Furano Ski Area is divided into two areas: the Kitanomine zone, open from mid-December to late March; and the Furano zone open from late November to early May. Both areas have a range of accommodation, restaurants, and après ski options, and are just minutes away from the town of Furano by shuttle.

The town of Furano offers many cultural attractions, including many shrines and temples along with theatres, spas, shopping markets and locally-produced cheese, wine and ice milk. Visitors should be sure to catch a performance of the Furano Traditional Chinese Lion Dance at the Furano City Lifelong Learning Center.

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Japanese is the official language. Most Japanese people will have studied English at school, but few can speak it well or understand what is said to them.


The currency is the Japanese Yen (JPY), which is equal to 100 sen. Major credit cards are accepted in the larger hotels and stores, but most Japanese operate with cash. Cash and travellers cheques can be exchanged in banks, post offices and currency exchange bureaux. Banks are usually open Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm. Travellers cheques offer the best exchange rate and are best taken in US dollars. ATMs do not accept all credit and debit cards; only the international ATMs in post offices, airports and some major stores.


Local time is GMT +9.

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