A little late in my review but here it is:
my family (2A+2C) stayed for 7 nights during mid-March for skiing.
We love Furano and I think for the package price we paid, this hotel is the best!
I feel New Furano Prince hotel is the only true ski in/out hotel in Furano (facing Furano slope). The others, though may be near to the (Kitanomine) slope, you still have to cross a small road and walk a little way.
Staff: very friendly, may not speak much English but they try.
Wifi: at lobby, in the room we put a router (?) so we can use it wifi style but a bit spotty in connection and speed...still it works, when it does
Room: we took a twin bed room which have 2 double beds, good enough for my family of 4 (2 kids 7 & 9 years old)...faces the Furano slope so view is fantastic. The room is not very big, but comfortable enough for us and there are just enough places to store away our stuff (just not enough to hang our damp ski wear!). When it gets to hot, we just open the window a little for fresh air.
Breakfast: good enough spread, though we ate there half the time as we used our breakfast coupons for a couple of the lunches at the hotel.
Hot spring: a bit far and convoluted walk to get there, but it's free and we used it daily (better than the tiny bathroom in our hotel room), may be super crowded at night and wait a little to use the shower stall there...
Food: we had a rental car, so we went out every night (to Kitanomine and Furano town, just 5-10 min drive) for food....Japanese, Italian, French, etc....love it! Reasonable and yummy...too many restaurants for us to try.
Ski school: we used FISS (Ben Adams) who showed my family 4 days of ski fun around the Furano and Kitanomine slopes.
Ski gear rental: we used Goodsport...good enough and cheap (compared to the Atomic brand at the New Furano New Prince hotel). but you gotta go to the shop at Kitanomine to collect the gear as they cannot deliver to the this particular hotel in Furano.
Skiing: Awesome! Good wide slopes for beginners. Fairly long runs available. The view from the top overlooking the Furano town with the mountain ranges is really nice. There are some challenging slopes too for intermediate and advance (right at the top of the mountain which we didn't go). It snowed lightly almost daily during our week down, so there was some light fresh snow for skiing which is great considering it's spring skiing. I understand off piste skiing is not widely available here, though our instructor took us to a couple of short ones through the trees for some experience.
Shopping: Furano town has supermarkets and shops, but since we had the car we took half a day and drove to Asahikawa city (1hr plus) for some shopping (uniqlo, Xebio, sports depot). you could also visit the Asahikawa zoo if you are there which we had done before and is really nice, especially the penguin parade till end March.
Other things to do: we drove to Minami Furano (1hr plus drive) for H.A.T dog sledding....fun unique experience.
Tip 1: For breakfast, hotel give you breakfast coupons which you can also use at their bakery shop or lunch at their restaurant (though this will be at half value).
Tip 2: If you get the (at least) 5 day ski pass, you can exchange one day for skiing at either Kamui Links (asahikawa) or Tomamu ski resort. Not a bad deal. We were busy enough at Furano so didn't get the chance to utilize this deal. Will do so in our next trip just to check out Tomamu.
Tip 3: Get your own rental car. We rented our car at Chitose airport, took an easy 2hour drive down to the hotel via the tollway. Just make sure you have an International Driving Permit.
fyi, we have skied at Niseko (too crowded with foreign tourists) and Kiroro (too isolated with not much options for food other than hotel food), and feel Furano is the best: many varieties of accom, restaurants, shops, good and wide ski slopes, good international ski school (FISS), not too crowded (we went during off season). Could do with more ski rental shops (only Goodsport and Furano Sports/Atomic) but not a big deal. In sum, we will return to Furano and stay at this hotel again!
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- Also Known As:
- Prince Hotel Furano
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