Last Updated: Jun 4, 2023

Visit Furano & Biei

Two Summertime Spots in Hokkaido

Donny Kimball
10 min readJun 4, 2023

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Found up in Hokkaido on Panorama Road on the city outskirts, Shikisai Hill is one of the must-see, famous locations in Biei during the season between mid-months of summer. It’s a great way to escape the hot weather elsewhere, especially if you are on a trip with kids.

As anyone who has ever had the pleasure of visiting Japan during the sultry months of summer already knows, things can get downright unbearable here. In addition to the intense heat, the humidity combines with the sweltering temperatures to create conditions that will easily have you dreading venturing outside. Alas, as great as the many indoor allures are, a trip to Japan that precludes all of the amazing outdoor attractions like shrines and temples is simply unjustifiable. Luckily, there is a way that you can beat the heat; simply head up to Japan’s northernmost prefecture of Hokkaido.

I’ve noted this elsewhere on the blog but Hokkaido is something that is akin to an elephant. I make this analogy for a simple reason — there is just no way that you are going to “eat” the whole god damn elephant in a single sitting. Instead, Hokkaido is a prefecture that must be conquered over many, many trips. What’s more, the Hokkaido that you’ll witness in the wintertime is very different from the one that you’ll see in the comparatively-pleasant summer. Thus, you will need to take the same proverbial bite many more times if you want to fully cross the prefecture off of your bucket list. There is just so much to see and do up there!

On that note, today I would like to introduce you to a pair of towns in central Hokkaido that are known as Furano and Biei. Practically made for Instagram, these two are very popular with people in Japan during the summer. Home to all sorts of flower fields, Furano and Biei offer glimpses of Japan that are sure to be lasting memories. Rather than endure the hell that is Kyoto during the months of July and August, why not head up to the natural wonderland that is Hokkaido’s core and see a side of Japan that many western tourists never manage to explore.

How to Get There

The simplest way for flower and ski afficiandos to get to Furano and Biei is to fly up to Asahikawa Airport and then either rent a car or take the train from Asahikawa Station down to Biei or Furano Station. If you come to ski, it would be best to avoid public transportation.

Before I dive into all of the various fields of flowers and other spectacles of nature on offer in Furano and Biei, let me take a second to pause for some key logistics. Unlike with many other places in Japan…

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Donny Kimball

I'm a travel writer and freelance digital marketer who blogs about the sides of Japan that you can't find in the mainstream media. https://donnykimball.com/