The Only Onsen With Lavender View
Highland Furano is high on the list of Furano’s top lavender fields. And it is probably the most unique lavender experience you can have during Hokkaido’s lavender season. Because you can admire the purple lavender fields while soaking in an open-air hot spring.
In this post, you’ll find detailed information about the lavender fields, the hot spring, and the hotel.
Lavender Fields and Hot Spring in Furano, Hokkaido Prefecture
Highland Furano (ハイランドふらの) is a quiet 3-star hotel outside of the town of Furano. It’s the only natural hot spring in Furano and famous for its lavender field.
The lavender field “Lavender Sea” is right in front of the hotel and can be viewed for free. It is less touristy than other lavender farms and popular among locals.
The hotel’s onsen is a natural hot spring with an open-air bath. From the hot spring facilities and the outdoor bath, you have views of the purple sea of lavender.
The hotel and sightseeing spot is located about 8km north-west of Furano Station. It is perched on top of a hill surrounded by a forest and the lavender fields.
By car, it is a 14-minute drive to the hotel. By bus, it takes about 30 minutes.
Highland Furano and its onsen facilities are open throughout the seasons. Daytime visitors can soak in the onsen from 6:00 – 23:00 o’clock.
But the blooming lavender can only be viewed in summer. The best time to see the lavender in Furano is usually mid-July to late July.
Furano is also a famous winter sports resort, though. If you like snow, skiing or snowboarding you should come here between late November and early May.
The lavender fields can be viewed for free. Also, if you’re a guest of the hotel you can use the Onsen for free.
Daytime visitors have to pay ¥600 ($6, €5, £4) to enter the hot spring. For a towel you have to pay an additional ¥300, so better bring your own.
The room fare per night starts from ¥5,000 ($45, €40, £35).
Highland Furano’s Highlights
What to See – Highland Furano
Highland Furano’s Lavender Fields
Highland Furano’s lavender fields are right in front of the hotel. And you can visit and view them for free.
The lavender fields are smaller but also less touristy than for example Farm Tomita’s. So it’s a good place if you want to avoid the crowds.
Since the hotel is located on top of a hill you also have beautiful mountain views of the Tokachi mountain range. At dusk, you might even encounter some wild animals like deers or owls.
In mid-July, it’s well-worth to come here after sunset. Because the lavender fields are illuminated at night.
You can relax in an onsen and actually do sightseeing while taking a break from sightseeing.
Doesn’t that sound perfect after a long day of lavender field hunting?
What to Do
View the Lavender While Soaking in Highland Furano’s Onsen
Highland Furano is Furano’s only natural hot spring. And it is the only place in Hokkaido where you can view the lavender while soaking in a hot spring.
The hotel’s onsen facilities consist of an outdoor bath with lavender-view, a large indoor bath, and a jacuzzi. You can also go into the sauna.
In case you were wondering: the hot spring is gender-separated. But each bathing area has the same types of baths.
If you stay at the hotel you can enter the hot spring for free. And apparently, anytime you want.
Daytime visitors can use the hot spring facilities from 6:00 until 23:00 o’clock. The general admission fee is ¥600 ($6, €5, £4).
Early birds and night owls can enter the onsen a little bit cheaper. From 6:00 – 8:00 and from 21:00 – 22:30 it’s just ¥500.
Tip: Bring your own towel or you need to pay and additional ¥300 to rent one.
The onsen is equipped with body soap and shampoo. So you don’t need to bring your own.
Get Local Products At Highland Furano’s Hotel Souvenir Shop
Inside the hotel, there is a small shop where you can buy souvenirs.
You can find famous local products including all kinds of lavender goods, Furano cheese, and Furano wine.
Play a Round of Golf
About 3 kilometers further north there’s the Sorachigawa Lavender Nomori Golf Course (空知川ラベンダーの森ゴルフコース).
The golf course is right next to the Sorachi river and has 27 holes. There’s one 9-hole course with a par of 34. And one 18-hole course with a par of 72.
On a weekday the course fee is about ¥4,000 ($36, €32, £28). On the weekend it is about ¥5,000 ($45, €40, £35).
Join Fun Snow and Winter Activities
Hokkaido is a popular destination in summer because of its mild weather and blooming attractions. But it is also a popular winter destination.
Now that the hotel’s lavender fields are covered with snow, they turn into a snowslide. You will see many families come here with their children to play in the snow.
Wokkys is an outdoor tour company that offers plenty of snow activities and experiences during Furano’s white season.
You can try snow hiking and snowshoeing through the primeval forest near the hotel. Or do a winter river cruise down the Sorachi river.
Some of the activities and tours include going to the onsen.
Where to Eat
Highland Furano’s Hotel Restaurant
Highland’s Furano’s Restaurant serves Japanese and western cuisine. All of their dishes are made using Furano’s local products.
During lunch and dinner time the restaurant is open for non-staying guests. And you can enjoy a full-course menu or order a la carte.
Some of their Japanese-style dishes are Furano veggie curry rice, Kamifurano pork steak, and Furano pork cutlet rice bowl. All of the dishes are around ¥1,000 ($9, €8, £7) to ¥1,500 ($14, €12, £10).
A very interesting dish they have is “Squid Ink Cheese Ramen“. Ramen with Furano’s black camembert. This might be the only place in Japan where you can try Cheese Ramen…
Lunchtime is from 11:00 – 14:00 and dinnertime is from 17:00 – 20:30. The last order is at 20:00.
Popular Restaurants in Furano
Yuiga Doxon, one of Furano’s oldest curry restaurants, is a 14-minutes drive away.
And to Kumagera, one of Furano’s top restaurants, it takes about 15 minutes by car.
Both eateries are near Furano Station.
What’s Nearby Highland Furano
Furano’s top sights Farm Tomita and Furano Ski Resort are about 10 kilometers away. They can be reached in less than 20 minutes by car.
Furano Winery and the Wine House are about 8 kilometers away. And the Furano Cheese Factory is about 10 kilometers away.
Even lavender farms that are further away like for example Lavender East can be reached in about 25 minutes.
So even though the hotel is a bit outside, all of the top tourist attractions are just a short drive away.
Hotel Highland Furano
Highland Furano is a 3-star hotel with 26 guestrooms. 18 western-style rooms, 6 Japanese rooms, and 2 barrier-free rooms.
All of the rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and air-conditioning. The Japanese rooms have tatami mats and futon beds.
An important thing you need to know before staying here is: The rooms don’t have a shower. You have to use shared bathrooms, which are the gender-separated onsen facilities.
All essential amenities like towels, soap, hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, yukata, and slipper are provided. The hotel offers internet and free wi-fi, but the connection doesn’t seem to be the best.
Check-in is from 15:00 -21:00 o’clock.
Check-out is from 7:30 – 10:00.
Toilet & Bathroom
Breakfast & Dinner
The hotel’s meal plans are depending on the season but usually include breakfast and dinner. Depending on the day it will either be a set menu or buffet-style. The meals often include crab – one of Hokkaido’s specialties.
I highly recommend the meal plan, if you stay here at the hotel. Since there’re no other restaurants or convenience stores nearby.
Breakfast is from 7:00 or 7:30 – 9:00.
- Hot Spring with 3 indoor baths, 1 outdoor bath, and sauna
- Delicious Japanese kaiseki dinner with 8 courses often including snow crab
- Beautiful views of the surrounding lavender fields and mountains
- Friendly staff and great service
- You can have free coffee
- Free carpark
- Inconvenient location. It’s outside of the city center and there are no convenience stores around
- Poor wi-fi connection
- Facilities are dated
- Shared bathroom
- Small rooms
HotelsCombined: 7.1 Good
Wonderful staff. Tasty breakfast. Wonderful views and onsen.
Booking: 7.7 Good
Friendly staff. Value for money. Great food.
Agoda: 7.6 Very Good
Very good service and cleanliness. Huge Onsen facilities.
Highland Furano has a bunch of different plans and options you can choose from. The room rates listed below are from the hotel’s official website.
The cheapest plan I found was a stay for 1 person during the week (Monday – Thursday) and on non-holidays for ¥4,840. That’s roughly $45, €40, or £35. Meals are not included.
With meals the price increases to ¥5,940 for breakfast, ¥7,040 for dinner, and ¥8,030 for breakfast and dinner.
For 2 people the cheapest plan I found on their official homepage was ¥5,720 per person. Which is about $55, €48, or £42. No meals.
With breakfast, the price for one night is ¥6,820. With dinner, it’s ¥7,920, and with breakfast and dinner, it’s ¥8,910 per person.
The hotel’s western-style rooms can fit 2-3 people.
Their Japanese-style rooms can fit 2-4 people.
On top of the room price, each person has to pay a bathing tax of ¥150 per day.
Plan Your Trip
Best time to visit Highland Furano
Definitely the latter half of July. Because the lavender will be in full bloom around that time.
Hokkaido’s Lavender season is usually from late June to early August. And the best time to see the lavender is usually mid-July to late-July.
When I was trying to reserve a room for July in January, it was already entirely booked out. That’s why you should book well in advance if you want to stay at Highland Furano during the lavender season.
How to Get to Highland Furano
This is by far the easiest and best way to access the hotel. From Furano Station, it’s an 8-might drive to the hotel.
From Sapporo, it’s about 100 kilometers and will take a little less than 2 hours.
And from Asahikawa, the hotel is about 50 kilometers away. Driving time is a little more than 1 hour.
By train &bus
The nearest station is Furano Station, which is about 8 kilometers away from the hotel.
In front of Furano station, there is the Sapporo Eki Mae Bus Terminal. Take the Sapporo-Furano bus and get off at Shima no Shita. This is the nearest bus stop from where it is a 20-minute walk. In total it takes about 30 minutes and costs ¥250.
Staying at Highland Furano
If you want to stay at the hotel you can click here to get to their Official Homepage. Click on “Book Now” and then “Reservation / Availability” to get to their English booking page.
Or you can check for deals on my all-time favorite hotel booking site, HotelsCombined. Here I usually found deals for Highland Furano starting from ¥10,000. That should be roughly $90, €80, or £70.
If you travel solo the Official Homepage seems to be cheaper. But if you travel with someone else you can find better and cheaper deals via HotelsCombined.
Would I stay at Highland Furano?
Yes, but probably only during the lavender’s blooming season or in winter.
Personally I don’t mind that I have to use the public bath. When I’m at a hotel with onsen I actually never use the shower in my room. Because hot springs are so much nicer.
The rooms might be small, but that’s standard here in Japan. And also the poor wi-fi connection wouldn’t bother me too much.
Only the location is a little bit of a problem since I usually don’t rent a car. But I saw that there is a bus connection and from the stop, it’s just a 20-minute walk to the hotel. Since I usually don’t have a lot of luggage that’s okay for me.
Should you stay at Highland Furano?
If you have been to Japan or Asia before I think you’ll be alright. My former German-me might have had some issues with the hotel room, though.
Overall, it’s an authentic Japanese hotel with really good food. Also, the hot spring experience is kinda special, because it’s a public bath where you’ll see many locals.
A lot of guests wrote that it’s a reasonably priced hotel with good value and they would stay here again.
If you’re unsure you might want to take a look at La Vista Furano. This hotel has onsen facilities, too, and it is near the station.
In Short & More
Highland Furano is one of the top places to see lavender in Furano. The lavender fields are smaller and a bit outside of the city, but also less touristy.
The best thing is definitely the unique lavender-onsen experience. You won’t find any other place in Japan where you can view the blooming purple sea while soaking in an onsen.
Highland Furano is definitely not Furano’s best hotel, but a good value and reasonably priced accommodation.
So I hope I’ve answered all of your questions about Highland Furano’s lavender fields, onsen, and the hotel itself.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me anytime.
Also if there is any topic you’d like to know more about – Furano, Hokkaido, Onsen hotels or traveling in Japan in general – just let me know and I’ll write a blog post about it!
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