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Four Recommended Spots in Furano, Hokkaido You Won’t Want to Miss

There is much to enjoy in Furano beyond the fields of flowers! We introduce four spots you'll want to go to, including the location for that famous TV drama series, a shop that is perfect for choosing souvenirs, and workshops where you can experience making things.

【The Location of Kita no Kunikara】See Where the Wonderful Masterpiece TV Series Was Filmed

Kita no Kunikara is a TV series that is talked about to this day as a timeless TV masterpiece. Its popularity remains to this day, and there are many tourists who visit to see where it was filmed. Rokugo, which was the site of this series, retains some of the set from the time including the houses, so you can see how it was when it was filmed.

・Rokugo no Mori (The Forest of Rokugo) (Photo top and middle)

■Phone: 0167-23-3388 (Furano Tourism Association) ■Hours: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm (may change by season) ■Rates: 500 JPY, ticket package 1,200 JPY (includes Hirottekita Ie (The House Made From Gathered Materials), Rokugo no Mori (The Forest of Rokugo) and Goro no Ishi no Ie (Goro's Stone House)) ■Closed: Late November - late April

Rokugo no Mori (The Forest of Rokugo)

1-1 Higashirokugo, Furano-shi, Hokkaido

・Goro no Ishi no Ie (Goro's Stone House) (photo bottom)

■Phone: 0167-23-3388 (Furano Tourist Association) ■Hours: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm (may change by season) ■Rates: 500 JPY, ticket package 1,200 JPY (includes Hirottekita Ie (The House Made From Gathered Materials), Rokugo no Mori (The Forest of Rokugo) and Goro no Ishi no Ie (Goro's Stone House)) ■Closed: When there is snow

Goro no Ishi no Ie (Goro's Stone House)

1 Higashirokugo, Furano-shi, Hokkaido

【Glass Forest in FURANO】Glassworks that Evoke the Seasons

This is a facility that consists of a workshop for original glassware including the famous SHIBARE frosting glassware, and an exhibition and sales space. Each of the glasswork that is created with the four seasons of Furano as the motif is a wonderfully expressive and charming piece of artwork. Reservations are recommended if you wish to participate in the glassmaking experience (1,000 JPY and up to make a glass bead, etc.)

■Phone: 0167-39-9088 ■Hours: 9:00 am - 6:00 pm (Till 7:00 pm on some days during July and August) ■Closed: Unscheduled

Glass Forest in FURANO

3 Rokugo Shigaichi, Furano-shi, Hokkaido

【Furano Cheese Factory】Pick Up Some Milk Products as Souvenirs

This is a cheesemaking factory in a nature rich environment surrounded by Japanese white birch trees. You can see the cheesemaking room and fermentation chamber through a glass window and also taste various cheeses. There are also ice cream, butter and cheesemaking experiences available. The Wine Cheddar (802 JPY for a pack of three of 40g each) that has wine made in Furano mixed in and the freshly milked low temperature pasteurized milk from Furano (124 JPY for 180cc) are popular.

■Phone: 0167-23-1156 ■Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (to 4 PM between November and March) ■Holidays: None ■Rates: Free to visit; handmaking workshops (700 JPY and up for butter, 880 JPY and up for cheese; reservations required)

Furano Cheese Factory

Nakago-ku, Furano-shi, Hokkaido

【Furano Wine Factory】Visit the Wine Factory in Furano

This is one of Hokkaido's representative wineries and produces a variety of wines and grape juices. At the red brick factory, you can see how Furano wines are made and fermented and also have a wine tasting experience.

■Phone: 0167-22-3242 ■Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm ■Closed: End of the year through the New Year ■Rates: Free

Furano Wine Factory

Shimizuyama, Furano-shi, Hokkaido

Don't just see the scenery! Enjoy the food and crafts that are unique to Furano as well.

[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 06.29.2017]

*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.

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