After booking for a week stay in March, 2013 for a very affordable price (via snowjapan.com) we were eagerly looking forward to our stay. The breakfast was great, plenty on offer, however if you're on a tight budget don't eat there at night. Head to the main town instead. The rooms were spotless, quite big with plenty of storage. And if you're game enough for an onsen (I am female) I highly recommend it.
On the third day, unfortunately my boyfriend had a very nasty fall after catching the last gondola up. He was in severe pain and needing medical help for a very badly injured shoulder. There was a nasty bout of wind going on at the time and there was not a single person around on the slope, even after calling out. He managed to get to his feet and somehow snowboard down to the main entry where we went straight to the main desk for help. We both speak some basic Japanese, and to our horror the service staff politely said 'take a taxi to a hospital'. We asked where the ski patrol were and were told that the ski patrol knock off in the early afternoon. We were both horrified because the resort offers night skiing (on the smaller slopes) - but at your own risk! We've done more than 10 ski trips to various resorts around Japan, but this was the first time we've ever been on a slope without ski patrol nearby. It was a very worrisome experience!
Despite our medical scare, we probably won't be staying there again. The hotel is quite a way out of the main town and there's nothing much to do around in the giant spaceship-like hotel if you don't feel like hitting the slopes.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- 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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- Also Known As:
- Prince Hotel Furano
- Furano Prince Hotel