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“Terrific stay in winter!” 5 of 5 stars
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New Furano Prince Hotel
3.5 of 5 Hotel   |   Nakagoryo, Furano 076-8511, Hokkaido   |  
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Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels / Ryokan in Furano
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12 hotel reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Terrific stay in winter!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

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!

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
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  • Location
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  • Rooms
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98 reviews 98 reviews
24 hotel reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

Nice hotel with facilities, great view but it more be stuffy in spring time. The aircon is not working as well as we hoped. There is a small window but due to the design of the building, there is no wind blowing from that small window. We tried open it for 3 nights.

The room is pretty warm in the daytime, big glass panels in the room... Remind me of greenhouse.
Excellent view both in the day and night. On weekend, there is hot air balloon facilities. You can see them from your room. But it doesn't guarantee it can be ride! If the air is wet and too strong wind, it will be cancelled. We had our 2nd chance because the next day, it was ok to ride.

The onsen is pretty good, but pretty crowded. We happened to checkin coincidence with a Japanese school group.

We only booked room with onsen coupons so we didn't try their restaurants. The transport is not very convenient if you want to visit attractions unless you drive or your timing is around tourist bus operating dates (kukuru bus).

The problems faced with the hotel, 1) lack of English speaking staff and 2) wifi is only available in the lobby. So we make a point after onsen, we will stay in the lobby to use the wifi or wait for the coin operating dryer to spin dry our clothes.

The garden near the hotel is great to visit during summer time, but not during spring time. All the activities are not inside the hotel other than onsen. All is chargeable for the tickets.

Room Tip: Try to get high floor room and facing the forest (activities - hot air balloon / garden)
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  • Stayed May 2014, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

It's a great purpose-built resort, truly ski-in, ski-out, with a ski locker for every room, top-notch equipment rentals available at much better prices than the major North American resorts (and at least one of the technicians speaks very fluent English). For those coming from warmer parts of Asia, the rental ski clothing is attractive, new, good quality, and looks immaculately clean.

Rooms are a little dated but in excellent condition, and as is typical for Japan, immaculately clean. They are large by Japanese standards. Supplied toiletries are also of very good standard.

The onsen does not seem to be a natural hot spring, but it's a lovely place to relax nonetheless, and the shiatsu massages offered are excellent and reasonably priced.

The other apres-ski activity during ski season basically is going for a stroll around Ningle Terrace, a charming set of cottages in the woods all lit up by fairy lights, where you can buy various handicrafts. There are two cozy places for coffee + cake at Ningle. Plus, there's a family fun land, which features a great tubing run and an icebar, which offers hot cider and honey lemon, making it a kid-friendly spot and not the heaving hotspot the name might suggest.

Breakfast is stupendous - if you *must* stick to Western breakfast foods it's only adequate, livened up by freshly cooked mini-omelettes. But what an experience you'd be missing out on! Grilled salmon and mackerel, miso soup, rice, and congee, with yummy pickles, salmon roe, hikiji seaweed, and hearty daikon-radish based stews to liven it all up.

Dinner options are less interesting however, so skip the half-board option. The 12F Japanese restaurant has lackluster service, and the kaiseki meals *look* great but taste like they're being churned out for a large wedding banquet... Much better to head to the izakaya in the basement, where food is reasonably priced (3 of us ate an amazing array of grilled items, with a bottle of sake for JPY10,000) or catch the infrequent shuttle bus into town and take a taxi back.

My first visit was during Chinese New Year, and unsurprisingly, the hotel was about 30-50% overseas visitors at that time. I returned in late March during the Japanese school vacations and it felt like a completely different hotel, with 99% domestic visitors and tons of kids! I suspect they rotated the better English speakers onto front desk duty during Chinese New Year, as service in English seemed a bit more of a struggle on the second visit.

  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Just returned from a 7 day ski trip with 7 friends with various skiing capabilities, this place is great for that, when you have had enough skiing for the day you can return whenever you like. They have a great facility to store you equipment downstairs, the souvenir shop sells reasonably priced beverages and the Onsen is great. Restaurant Choices within the hotel are limited, however the bus runs quite regularly from the hotel for 300Yen each way so not too bad. WiFi is limited to the reception area and the upstairs bar area. Rooms are quite large and we were fortunate enough to be on the 6th floor and had great views, rooms are a little dated, however they are very clean and spacious. If you are after a ski resort with racous night life then this is NOT the place, we picked this place for the ski in and ski out and it was definately a 10 out of 10 for this.

Room Tip: if you are non smokers then ask for a non smoking room
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

A group of 7 of us stayed for 7 nights in March 2014. We got a great package through IXSM. We were all on the 6th floor which was non smoking and had wonderful views. This hotel has excellent facilities. We used the onsen everyday - especially after skiing. There were plenty of restaurants although we preferred to eat in town. The coin laundry was a great advantage. The locker areas were very well set up. Some great little craft shops, and excellent bakery and we loved Sols bar down in the woods. While the rooms' décor is a little old fashioned they we good sized rooms with good amenities. The lobby shop sold loads of consumerables at uninflated prices. I would definitely stay here again if skiing in Furano.

Room Tip: We had rooms 638-640 and found these to be a great location with outlook.
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

We stayed at this hotel as a family of four in March. The hotel is not 5* luxury but is perfectly adequate and very clean. The vast majority of people who stay here are Japanese. The best thing about the hotel is the ski-in, ski-out onto fabulous skiing/snowboarding slopes. We had great powder snow and the slopes were not busy at all, no queues for the chairlifts and the hotel is very convenient for the fast ropeway, only four minutes to the top. World class skiing. Ski hire at the hotel is easy. The onsen at the hotel is good, and onsen clothes and slippers are provided daily. The breakfast is canteen style, mostly Japanese food. The children enjoyed the snow fun land. The downside of the location is that the hotel does not have a regular shuttle bus into town, and the scheduled bus is at fairly limited times. The nearest ATM is in town at the 7/11 store. All in all we would definitely return.

  • Stayed March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Stayed five nights there and they gave us a grand view of the mountains. The room comes with three beds and it is spacious with a family of four. We didnt opt for breakfast and room rate was a great deal. The ski slopes and service were great and the staff is friendly. We would definitely want to return there again.

Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
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Address: Nakagoryo, Furano 076-8511, Hokkaido
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Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Furano
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Ski-In / Ski-Out Spa Wheelchair access
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Ranked #3 of 14 Hotels / Ryokan in Furano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:3.5 star — New Furano Prince Hotel 3.5*
Number of rooms: 407
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Furano is a spectacular all-season resort surrounded by the magnificent nature of Hokkaido.New Furano Prince Hotel is an outstanding new travel destination for outdoor sports activities and base of sightseeing. ... more   less 
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