Furano sits in the belly button of Japan’s northern island of Hokkaido and is the hidden gem that your Japanese powder dreams are made of – with over nine metres of dry, deep powder falling every year, some of the longest runs in any Japanese resort, and some of Japan’s best backcountry that’s easily accessible.

The bustling authentic town is also bound to keep you entertained with plenty of delicious restaurants paired up with quirky Japanese shops and secret onsens tucked into the mountains.

But the best news is that Furano is now home to not one but two premium, self-contained accommodation options run by the team at NISADE – a rare find at ski resorts in Japan (outside of Niseko), which rarely offer apartments with full features. Oh, and did we mention – only steps from the Kitanomine Gondola.

Now you can feel at home by night while skiing and snowboarding by day.

Furano, ski resort

Furano ski resort

There’s a lot to love here, and the area has long been famous with skiers and boarders. It’s here that Australia’s beloved alpine skier, Steve Lee, won his first FIS World Cup in 1985.

Expect 839 metres of vertical and a number of dedicated runs serviced by 10 lifts. Ski runs are perfectly groomed and there’s even a number of off piste tree runs and night skiing.

Those who love side and backcountry will enjoy Furano as it is easily accessible from resort and also day trips from town to explore the Tokachi mountain ranges. Chat to the team at NISADE about reputable guided day trips.

Just getting started, or travelling with someone who is? NISADE can arrange all your lessons through accredited snowsports schools with English-speaking staff and offer ski and snowboard lessons including private lessons, group lessons, and children’s lessons.

For those wanting to explore the side or backcountry – NISADE can also connect you with the most experienced guides in Furano.

Furano, the town

Furano is located just two hours from New Chitose Airport near Sapporo, and the NISADE team can arrange your transfers to get you right into town and ready to discover the dining and night life.

There’s a range of activities to enjoy, including backcountry ski tours, snowmobiling, onsen tours, ice fishing, dog-sledding, and even a family snow land with banana boat rides and snow rafting.

You can check out the snow and ice village at the base of the mountain, with an enchanted forest, snow and ice sculptures, and flights in a hot air balloon.

And with over 100 restaurants scattered around town, you’re spoiled for choice with food. Authenticity is on point, with sushi and noodle bars, classic izakayas, Mongolian and Korean barbeques and westernised food all on offer.

Fenix West apartment hotel

The Fenix West apartment hotel is set to roll out the red carpet for skiers and snowboarders staying during the 2022/2023 winter season.

Rising high above the city of Furano and only footsteps from the Kitanomine Gondola, this is a luxurious 6-story hotel with panoramic views of Furano and the Tokachi Mountain range on one side, and the Furano Ski Resort views on the other.

Just like its sister Fenix Furano, there are different configurations of apartments available to suit every group of travellers, most with private balconies.

And with the styling and interior design at its very best, you’ll feel like you’ve truly escaped to a world-class destination. Because, you have.

Hotel features include private ski lockers, restaurant, cafe/ bar, rental & ski shop, snowsports school & mountain guiding, laundry facilities, luggage delivery, a pick-up service from town.

Fenix Furano apartment hotel

The new to the international market, Fenix Furano, offers 62 full-service units ranging from hotel-style suites to multi-bedroom apartments and penthouses. So there’s something for everyone – whether you’re a couple on a romantic holiday happy with a studio, all the way up to a family or group of friends renting a three-bedroom apartment.

Fenix Furano also serves up a bar and restaurant, a Rhythm ski and snowboard shop for rentals, free laundry, ski lockers and free Wi-Fi for uploading all your Instagram stories to make your mates at home jealous at the end of the day.

The deals

Excited to get to Furano this season? The team at NISADE have deals starting from as low as AU$1080 per person.

Prices include 5 nights luxury accommodation at Fenix Furano or Fenix West plus breakfast.

This deal includes 25% off for earlybird rates plus an additional 5% off for Snowsbesties. Just book by July 31, 2022 and make sure you use PROMO Code ‘MSIAFF22’ when making a booking.

Price per person from:

Studio 2 guests from AUD$1,080

2 Bedrooms 4 guests from AUD$1,020

3 Bedrooms 6 guests from AUD$950

Booking Dates: Now until 31 July 2022

Or contact the NISADE crew to get a custom-made package tailored for the exact kind of Furano holiday that you and your family, or mates, are after.

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