Cycling Japan – day 66 – Biei to Furano

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  • Day 66 – Biei to Furano
  • Distance: 61.6km
  • Ascent / descent: 656m / 718m
  • Weather: warm
  • Accommodation: Hostel Tomar, Furano, ¥3300

I was up with the daylight breaking through into the garage at 3:15am and on my way just after 4am. I soon found the bike path that runs between Biei and Shirogane Hot Springs and followed this first to the Aoi-ike blue pond.

Dawn in Biei

Dawn in Biei

Cycle path between Biei, the Aoi-ike blue pond and Shirogane Hot Springs

Cycle path between Biei, the Aoi-ike blue pond and Shirogane Hot Springs

Biei mountains

Biei mountains

Mt Biei

Mt Biei

Considering it was still so early when I arrived at the Aoi-ike blue pond, I was expecting to have it to myself, but there were at least 10 cars in the carpark already. It was everything that I had hoped for. It was serene and still and simply stunning.

The path around Aoi-ike blue pond

The path around Aoi-ike blue pond

Aoi-ike blue pond

Aoi-ike blue pond

Aoi-ike blue pond

Aoi-ike blue pond

Aoi-ike blue pond

Aoi-ike blue pond

The path around Aoi-ike blue pond

The path around Aoi-ike blue pond

The path around Aoi-ike blue pond

The path around Aoi-ike blue pond

Aoi-ike blue pond

Aoi-ike blue pond

A bit further up the road I came to Shirogane Hot Spring and stopped to have a look at the waterfall there called Shirahige falls.

Shirahige falls, Shirogane Hot Spring

Shirahige falls, Shirogane Hot Spring

Shirahige falls, Shirogane Hot Spring

Shirahige falls, Shirogane Hot Spring

Shirahige falls and Mt Biei in the background, Shirogane Hot Spring

Shirahige falls and Mt Biei in the background, Shirogane Hot Spring

I then turned back the same way I’d come and pulled over to visit another waterfall, the Shirogane Fudo-no-taki falls. I hadn’t heard about these falls, but I’d noticed the sign when I passed it on my way uphill. There was no-one here and it was stunning, I actually preferred these falls to the Shirahige falls.

Shirogane Fudo-no-taki falls

Shirogane Fudo-no-taki falls

Shirogane Fudo-no-taki falls

Shirogane Fudo-no-taki falls

After these falls, I turned off opposite the michi-no-eki onto Route 353 and went up and over a small hill before coming out around Kamifurano. This area is the flower and farmland hot spot of Hokkaido and I’d planned to visit two gardens today, hoping that I wouldn’t be too early for the flowers. The peak season here for the carpets of bright coloured flowers is July and August and the popular lavender wouldn’t be out just yet either.

Mt Tokachi-dake erupting

Mt Tokachi-dake erupting

The first stop I made was at Flower Land Kamifurano. It was easy to see that it was just the beginning of the season, but I was still happy to see flowers. I also tried a lavender soft cream and lavender cider – the soft cream was better.

At Flower Land Kamifurano

At Flower Land Kamifurano

At Flower Land Kamifurano

At Flower Land Kamifurano

Catmint at Flower Land Kamifurano

Catmint at Flower Land Kamifurano

At Flower Land Kamifurano

Yellow mustard flowers at Flower Land Kamifurano

Yellow mustard flowers at Flower Land Kamifurano

Lupins at Flower Land Kamifurano

Lupins at Flower Land Kamifurano

A pony at Flower Land Kamifurano

A pony at Flower Land Kamifurano

Lupins at Flower Land Kamifurano

Lupins at Flower Land Kamifurano

Lupins and irises at Flower Land Kamifurano

Lupins and irises at Flower Land Kamifurano

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Yellow mustard flowers at Flower Land Kamifurano

Yellow mustard flowers at Flower Land Kamifurano

Yellow mustard flowers at Flower Land Kamifurano

A lavender ice cream from Flower Land Kamifurano

A lavender ice cream from Flower Land Kamifurano

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Lavender cider at Flower Land Kamifurano

I continued cycling for a further 10km and came to Farm Tomita. The carpark was full with cars and coaches and there were hundreds of tourists here, but it was easy to see why. It’s a large garden with free entrance and a few different places to eat as well as souvenir shops and is a genuinely lovely spot. Being lactose intolerant, I shouldn’t have had the soft cream at the previous garden, so I definitely shouldn’t have had one here too, but it’s all in the name of a research 😉 It’s not everyday you get to try a mixed lavender and melon soft cream!

Farm Tomita, Furano

Farm Tomita, Furano

Farm Tomita, Furano

Farm Tomita, Furano

Farm Tomita, Furano

Farm Tomita, Furano

Lavender at Farm Tomita, Furano

Lavender at Farm Tomita, Furano

A lavender and melon ice cream at Farm Tomita, Furano

A lavender and melon ice cream at Farm Tomita, Furano

Farm Tomita, Furano

Farm Tomita, Furano

After feeling like I was on holiday and strolling around through beautiful gardens, I got back on the bike and cycled to my hostel in Furano, Hostel Tomar. The building seems quite new and the hostel is very modern. Tomorrow, I should make it back to Sapporo, thus ending this bike trip!

Jb66 elevation profile from Garmin Connect

Jb66 elevation profile from Garmin Connect

Jb66 map from Garmin Connect

Jb66 map from Garmin Connect

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6 responses to “Cycling Japan – day 66 – Biei to Furano

  1. Congratulations! I have enjoyed following your journey and will really miss your daily update. Safe travels home! I look forward to hearing about your next adventure.

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  2. A must view this leg of the cycle trip in Japan………..ending soon. Let’s go there…flower land Kamifurano.

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