i am planning to visit Asahikawa - Furano region from 21st - 24th June 2018, and i am coming from Shari Shiretoko.
Here's my questions :
1. is it better for me to base myself in Asahikawa instead of Furano?
2. How should i expect the lavender situation at Furano around 23rd June?
3. Please give me your input on the accommodations i have chosen
Below is my itinerary :
21st Shari - Asahikawa / Furano
Finish whatever you wanna do, make sure you leave Utoro before 0930.
Take the 0930 bus and reach Shari Bus Terminal 1020, then take train to Asahikawa via Abashiri and reach Asahikawa 1619
If you go to Furano it's gonna be 1740.
check in at accommodation and rest early w/dinner
22nd : Asahikawa - Asahidake
Take bus from Asahikawa Station around 1010, arrive at Asahidake ropeway ard 1136
take ropeway and explore the hiking trails around Asahidake
if weather is bad go to Furano instead
Asahidake Onsen can be reached by bus from Asahikawa Station (1430 yen one way) and Asahikawa Airport (1000 yen one way):
Asahikawa Station 07:40 10:10 12:40 16:10
Asahikawa Airport 08:15 10:45 13:15 16:45
Asahidake Onsen 09:06 11:36 14:06 17:36
Asahidake Onsen 09:30 12:00 14:30 18:00
Asahikawa Airport 10:20 12:50 15:20 18:50
Asahikawa Station 10:56 13:26 15:56 19:26
If you manage to reach Asahidake Onsen by 1136, you will have time until 1800 to do your hike. Reach back Asahikawa by 1926
If you are staying in Furano, the itinerary stands, however :
You can either take 0724 / 0812 (latest train to Asahikawa)
Latest you should arrive is 0920
When you return, take 1800 bus, reach by 1926 then you wait at Asahikawa station until 2038 (1 hr free time) you will return to Furano by 2146.
23rd Asahikawa/Furano - Biei - Lavender Farms
If you stay at Asahikawa :
Asahikawa - Furano is 108 - 79 Mins
0900 / 0938
you should visit Biei first, 37 mins, then to Bibaushi, Naka Furano, and Last Lavender Batake
timing is either 0846 or 0938
manage your timing as you go in this day, visit min 2 farms and 1 other destination.
There are 3 sections of places you should visit :
- Closer to Blue Pond, reachable by powered Bike in an hour
- Zerubu Hill
- Shikisai Hill
- The legendary Tomita Farm
- Furano Flower Farm ( the biggest one)
Free Program when you reach back your base city.
24th Asahikawa/Furano - Sapporo
distance : 90 mins
1200 arrive 1332, There's a lot of trains.
Optimum choice is to take 1400, arrive 1530, do daytrip and everything by 1630
Drop baggage at accoms
visitsShiroi Koibito then Otaru
Night take the cable car to Mt Moiwa
Hotel recommendations for Asahikawa / Furano :
Yado Retro Ginza
Hotel recommendation for Furano
Hostel Tomar USD 35 / night. New Hostel, but only bunk beds, no reviews.