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Furano Fresh Powder Apartments
Ranked #1 of 16 Specialty lodging in Furano
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“I want to say it was terrible so we can always get an apartment!!!!”
Reviewed January 17, 2010

WE had the most amazing stay in Furano. Hiro and Tim bent over backwards (tricky, I know!) to ensure that we had a wonderful holiday. The apartments are all spectacular, containing everything one could possibly need to enjoy a holiday. The snow was also fantastic. I cant say enough good things about this place. The Furano locals are beautiful people, the scenery is spectacular, Furano is one of my most favourite places. Fresh Powder takes guests on twice weekely shopping trips which is very helpful. If you stay here, you will not be disappointed

  • Stayed January 2010, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 31, 2009

We originally booked for a week at the end of December but with a death in the family we had to change our dates suddenly. The owner was very understanding and even refunded part of the accommodation for the nights we missed (which we didn't ask for and he certainly didn't have to do). We also decided to extend our stay in Hokkaido and the owner found us alternative accommodation for the extra couple of days as FreshPowder was full.

As for the apartment, it was simply perfect. New, clean, spacious and everything from the furnishings to the decor was top class. It was very well equipped with kitchen appliances, hair dryers and they even supplied minor but essential items such as washing powder, dishwashing powder, dishwashing liquid, garbage bags and toilet paper, which is something that *most* apartments we have stayed in around the world do not.

The apartments are located directly opposite the gondola lift, which is less than a minute walk away. There are several ski rental shops but we used the one on the ground floor of the gondola building - where the staff are fantastic as well.

As for Furano ski resort iteself, the quality of the snow was equal to or superior to anything we'd experienced in Australia, Japan or Europe. The length and variety of runs are excellent for beginners or intermediate skiers but advanced skiers may be a little bored after a few days. We switched to snowboards after a couple of days for an change (at no extra cost either). The slopes were almost empty, zero waiting time on all lifts - something you wont find in Nagano. Restaurants on the slopes are typical of Japanese-style ski resorts, not like in Europe or Australia, so don't expect to be able to order a steak or a salad - it's ramen or soba noodles, curry rice etc and you order via vending machines (which is standard in Japan). English available so shouldn't be a problem for non-Japanese speakers.

We had a thoroughly enjoyable time at FreshPowder and the only negative was that it was not long enough. We'll be back again.

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed December 21, 2009

Stayed for 2 nights in the 3-bedrm apt. The apt is just opposite the Kitanomine ski slopes and 5 mins from restaurants and convenience store. Apt was very spacious, clean and everything you would find & need in a modern apt. Tim, the manager, and Hiro were wonderful, as were the local townsfolk who helped us in our numerous queries. Also not forgetting Simon, who helped in my earlier email queries. Tim also helped to arrange ski lessons for the kids so it was all very easy without having to make separate enquiries on your own. I really appreciated the prompt replies to my emails which made planning the trip so much easier. My 3 kids thoroughly enjoyed their stay. Only pity was that the Kitanomine ski slopes were closed when we were there but this wasn't a problem as Tim arranged for pick-up transport to bring all of us over to the Furano Prince hotel where the kids could have their ski lessons. We would definitely stay here again if we were to visit in future. Thanks again, Tim & Hiro, for a wonderful stay!

  • Stayed December 2009, traveled with family
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Melbourne, Australia
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Reviewed October 28, 2009

I stayed in a 1 bedroom apartment - it is fully contained - you don't need to bring a thing! The location is the best in Furano - very close to the lifts. And Furano itself is amazing, we were there and it was powder heaven. Definitely recommend Furano Fresh Powder for families and friends.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
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furanofreshpowder, Manager at Furano Fresh Powder Apartments, responded to this review, October 31, 2009
Dear Luckyblue,
Thanks very much for your review and glad to hear you enjoyed the 1 BR Apartment! It's a bit of a hidden gem with extra space and the deep soak Japanese bath. We just had the first few ground-level snowflakes of the season, so looking forward to another winter full of powder. Hope to see you here again.
Best regards from Furano, Tim
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Reviewed October 27, 2009

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I visited Furano with my family (spouse, 3 boys, mother) and a friend's family (couple, 2 girls). It was a huge group but the apartment had ample space. It was luxurious and felt like our home immediately. Everyone, young to old, enjoyed the stay. The beds were plush and comfortable. The apartment had very good utilities and amenities. Access to nearby farms and attractions was very convenient.

Shopping for fresh produce at the supermarket and then cooking hotpot at the apartment was fun, not to mention, tasty too. We had breakfast every morning facing the ski slopes, with amazing autumn colors. There was a playground a few blocks away. Despite the drizzle, my boys found it exciting. There was also a Royce cafe in the vicinity, where we had ice cream and chocolate at the patio while facing the snow capped Daisetsuzan.

The apartment manager (Tim) was very helpful and hospitable. Highly recommended place. We will be back in other seasons

Watch out for their promotional and last minute deals. They are excellent value.

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled with family
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furanofreshpowder, Manager at Furano Fresh Powder Apartments, responded to this review, October 31, 2009
Dear Chengann,
Thanks very much for your review and thoughtful comments. We're very happy to hear that your family enjoyed the space and comfort of our apartments. Especially when on long travels around Hokkaido, we often get comments that people have enjoyed simply relaxing and experiencing the neighborhood and local lifestyle in Furano. We look forward to seeing you next time you visit Hokkaido.
Regards, Tim
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Reviewed August 30, 2009

I was initially impressed with the Fresh Powder Apartments website that I decided to book the Furano 3 BR top floor apartment. The 3 BR apartment lived up to my expectations and was spacious enough to comfortably accommodate our large family of 6 adults and 2 young children. The apartment is fully furnished with kitchen utensils, kitchenware and best of all there was a drier/washer which was a neccessity when traveling for several days with young children in tow. It was always a delight to return to the apartment at the end of each day and to unwind in the living/dining area with the sound of the children's laughter as they play around the apartment, it replicated the same feeling as if we were at home. The only letdown were the curtains/blinds in the bedrooms as they were too thin and allowed too much light into the bedrooms early in the morning.

The customer service team also got top marks for being very responsive and helpful with our queries from the time of the initial booking up to the time of our physical departure.

I would highly recommend staying at the Furano Fresh Powder Apartments.

  • Stayed August 2009, traveled with family
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furanofreshpowder, Manager at Furano Fresh Powder Apartments, responded to this review, August 31, 2009
Dear Lee Family,
Thank you very much for your review and comments. It's wonderful to hear that the kids felt right at home (the most important part of any trip!) and that the kitchen and in-room laundry were useful for your group. I hope that the virtual tours of our suites are helpful to understand the size and layout of our apartments.

Thank you also for your comment about the blinds. As Hokkaido is in the northeast of the time zone, the sun does rise very early in the summer. We have recommended to the owners that they consider a thicker or darker material.

We appreciate your positive comments about our customer service team, I am sure that everyone will be very happy to hear! We hope to see you again next time you visit Furano or Niseko. - Tim
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Reviewed May 25, 2009

What a true hidden gem among the 30-year-old skifront properties of Furano resort. Fresh Powder was fully refurnished into a unique, but not overly trendy weekly apartment. Every amenity we could think of was there -- the staff even brought up a rice cooker and hot plate so we could try dining local style (BBQ at the table.) They were also kind to recommend dozens of great restaurants in the area and book a day skidoo tour through pristine scenery. The icing on the cake was the complimentary escorted shopping trip, the helpful staff not only drove us to the biggest supermarket in town but also helped to interpret labels and find medicine at the pharmacy!!

One of our members was on a tight work schedule, and the staff were able to sort out his office connection problems and help us print / fax documents through, a real lifesaver.

The room amenities also included English TV and DVDs and a fireplace, which were a real blessing for relaxing after a long day on the hills.

Did I mention the location just across the street from the ski hill, and only a minute from the airport shuttle bus stop? There are also a lot of unique and delicious restaurants nearby, although a bit of a hike back as the apartments are at the very top of the hill.

We stayed in the 3 BR top floor apartment which had an amazing view of the slopes from the dining area. I also saw the 2 BR Tokachi apartment which had amazing views of the national park and volcano.

Compared to staying at hotels this was a real lifesaver. The only downpoint would be the minimum stay and payment policies being a bit too strict!!

Overall, can't recommend Furano and these apartments enough.

  • Stayed February 2009, traveled with friends
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furanofreshpowder, Manager at Furano Fresh Powder Apartments, responded to this review, August 30, 2009
Dear Surferholli,

Thank you very much for your review. We're very glad to hear that you enjoyed the style of our accommodation and service. Hope to see you again during your next visit to Furano.

Thanks for your feedback about the minimum stay policies during the ski season. Due to the nature of the business, during the main ski season we are mostly restricted to weekly blocks. However during the shoulder seasons (before Christmas week and March) we are able to offer check in/check out on other days of the week as well as shorter stays. We currently have no minimum stays during the green season, and welcome all to visit and see the 3 other amazing (and delicious) seasons in Furano.
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Property: Furano Fresh Powder Apartments
Address: 14-26 Kitanomine, Furano 076-0034, Hokkaido
Location: Japan > Hokkaido > Furano
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Suites
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Ranked #1 of 16 Specialty lodging in Furano
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$
Hotel Class:4 star — Furano Fresh Powder Apartments 4*
Number of rooms: 6
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Designed for international visitors on long stays, these self-catering apartments are just 50 m from Furano's Kitanomine Gondola Terminal. All rooms include kitchen, laundry, English TV, wireless internet, splittable king beds with 100% cotton linens, and more. Direct cash rates available on our official website. ... more   less 
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