Furano is a city in the middle of Hokkaido, famous for its ski resorts, organic produce and lavender fields. It’s rather cold here, probably because of its location up in the hills. Because people all over the world come (in fact, some migrated) to Furano, it has plenty of restaurants serving cuisines of different parts of the world. It’s the hub of the eating culture. Throughout my visit here, we were dined with some of Furano’s most iconic offerings — I was always so full!
Furano is connected by the Furano Station on the JR Line. Here are the things you can enjoy at Furano:
Comforting curry soup at Curry Shop Furanoya
The first restaurant we went to was Curry Shop Furanoya, one of the most famous curry shops in Furano. Besides offering different types of lauk to go with your curry, you can choose the strength of the spices that are put in the curry — choose from 1 to 10. Customers can also pick their portion of the rice, from small, medium to large.
I picked the vegetable curry with high strength, with medium portion of rice. The curry is not like the average curry I’m used to. It’s very flavorful and not too intense. It’s like comfort food — I can eat it just like I eat soup! I finished everything!
The chef told us that 24 different spices, selected by the chefs were used for this dish and the generous portion of huge vegetables served in my curry were all organic local produce.
The Japanese curry soup was only introduced 20 years ago in Sapporo and have since spread to other parts of Japan. Each shop develops their own unique taste. The chefs that prepare these curry soups take their it very seriously, that they even have an association for it!
See Curry Shop Furanoya.
Having a drink and shopping for local produce at Furano Marche
Furano Marche is a 5-year-old complex consisting a cafe, a local produce market and a souvenir store, designed as a place for people to get together and relax. I asked Fuji-san the story behind the name of Furano Marche (since you know, it’s so French). Her response? “Because it sounds cool.” XD
Anyway, we spent some time at the cafe, where I was offered their local specials — the haskap berry juice and lily bulb soup. Completely things I’ve never heard and tried before in my life! If the city seemed empty, it’s different here. Inside the cafe there was so many people just chilling, having coffee and pastries with their friends and family.
The farmer’s market was interesting. It’s a mart was offering locally grown seasonal produce, so I saw a lot of fresh organic vegetables and fruits and other sorts of food, as well as handmade items.
The souvenir shop has a fantastic range of things from Hokkaido that you can bring home. Like lots and lots of Royce chocolates!
See Furano Marche. It’s just a 7-minute walk from the Furano Jr station.
Trying out dairy products at the Cheese Factory
Furano is also famous for its dairy products. Although the factory was already close, the shop offering its products kept us busy. There, we could try out and buy different dairy products, all from Furano — cheese, cheesecakes, ice-creams, yogurt, milk. They’ve got it all. Though I planned on bringing them home as gifts, the dairy products here are meant to be eaten ASAP and won’t last long in warmer temperatures.
There, I bought myself a bottle of fresh milk. These come directly from the farms at Furano and since it’s the freshest of fresh, I’m supposed to drink it by the same day. Oh god, I swear it was the best fresh milk I’ve ever tasted in my whole life. So full and creamy, it’s unreal!
If you plan to stop by Furano, spend some time trying out the food there. The experience is a little different than the rest of Japan. See TripAdvisor’s guide to Restaurants in Furano.