Furano was really such a unique little mountain town, we wish we could have stayed there for much longer. I can only imagine the beauty of this place in the summer, when the fields are full of vegetables, lavender, and flowers all which are specialties of this town.
Every store we went into was warm, welcoming and just overall funky. Seriously a nice change of pace from Nagoya where everything seems just a bit too boring.
On our full day in Furano we skied a full day and with 45cm of fresh new snow that fell overnight we couldn’t have been more excited. We got a solid 6 hours of riding in that day with minimal breaks and with the help of Mikes new Christmas present we were stocked up.
After an exhilarating day on the mountain we headed out to explore more of what Furano had to offer.
Sometimes our timing is a little bit off as in most restaurants close between 3:00-5:00pm so our happy hour drink turned into a happy hour coffee. Luckily we found Navo , a cozy eclectic fairy house that serves really good chai and homemade vegan chocolate treats. Everything in the cafe is handmade by the owner. I only wish I could have fit the feather chandelier in my suitcase to bring home.
Next stop was a little souvenir shopping at the Furano Marche. Unfortunately, because of the season we weren’t able to go the local dairy farm, see the wine vineyards, or smell the fresh lavender growing in the fields but thanks to this store it was a one stop shop for all our needs! We were able to pick up local cheese, lavender wine, furano potato chips for Mike, and a lot of lavender bath supplies.
We heard about a great curry shop in town, yuigadokuson so we thought we’d try that out for dinner. Once again the restaurant was in a very cozy rustic log cabin and the curry really was delicious! Mike ordered Ox tongue and I had homemade pork sausage both which were surprisingly scrumptious and to top things off that local beer we were trying to find for happy hour was served at the restaurant.
Our final stop for the night was the highly anticipated Ningle Terrace that we had heard so much about. Its’s this really magical little boutique craft village where everything is handmade by the owner and each little store specializes is a unique trade. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to take any pictures of the crafts themselves, so you’ll just have to go yourself and see. Every shop had its own little snow character which was so clever! It was a great way to end the perfect day.