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Furano, Hokkaido

Kitanomine ski area in Furano
Kitanomine ski area in Furano
Flag of Furano
Location of Furano in Kamikawa Subprefecture, Hokkaido
Location of Furano in Kamikawa Subprefecture, Hokkaido
Furano is located in Japan
Location in Japan
Country Japan
Region Hokkaido
Prefecture Hokkaido
 • Mayor Yoshiaki Noto
 • Total 600.97 km2 ( sq mi)
Population (September 30th, 2009)
 • Total 24,493
 • Density

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 • Tree Japanese Yew and Japanese Bigleaf Magnolia
 • Flower Ezo-murasaki-tsutsuji (Rhododendron dauricum)
 • Bird Black woodpecker
 • Others Animal: Red Squirrel(Sciurus vulgaris)
Time zone Japan Standard Time (UTC+9)
City Hall Address 1-1, Yayoicho, Furano-shi, Hokkaido
Phone number 0167-39-2300
Website Furano City

Furano (富良野市 Furano-shi) is a city in the prefecture of Hokkaido located in the southern reaches of Kamikawa Subprefecture, under whose jurisdiction it resides. Well known throughout Japan as a tourism destination, it is famous for its lavender fields, the television drama Kita no Kuni kara and the Furano Ski Resort, which held the Snowboarding World Cup in recent years.

As of 2009, the city has an estimated population of 24,493 and a density of 40.8 persons per km² (106 persons per sq. mi.). The total area is 600.97 km2 (232.04 sq mi).


The Furano Valley is nestled between the Tokachi Volcanic Mountain Range (part of the Daisetsuzan National Park) and the Yuubari cluster of summits, including Ashibetsu Peak. The Sorachi and Furano Rivers, both tributaries of the Ishikari River, meet within the city limits. Furano is located at the exact geographic center of Hokkaido, earning it the nickname "Heso no Machi" or "Navel Town." A monument positioned at the center is located on the grounds of Furano Nishi Junior High School at .

Roughly 70% of the city is mountain and forest. In 1899, the Tokyo University Forest in Hokkaido was established for research purposes in the southeast sector of the city. Nearby lies Rokugo Forest, the

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