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Furano Hot Air Balloon

Get a unique aerial view of Furano with hot air balloon rides, offering stunning experiences in both summer and winter.

By Abhijit Sen

When you’re visiting the beautiful landscapes of Hokkaido, you should definitely consider taking a hot air balloon ride in the picturesque town of Furano. It’s a fantastic way to see the area from a different perspective and appreciate its natural beauty. Whether soaring in the summer amidst lush greens or drifting in the winter over pristine snowscapes, a hot air balloon adventure in Furano promises to be an unforgettable journey through the sky.

A hot-air balloon ride is nothing but an aerial stroll with a panoramic view of the vivid landscapes of this delightful region. You can take an exciting balloon ride during the summer and winter seasons. People of all ages can enjoy this unforgettable experience.

Summer Experience

Furano Hot Air Balloon

Photo by: PIXTA/ shuki A bird’s eye view of the lush summer countryside.

During the summertime, Furano bursts into a riot of color as the lavender fields and other natural wonders come to life. A lesser-known but amazing way to experience Furano is from the sky in a tethered hot air balloon. This thrilling experience reveals stunning views of lush greenery and rolling hills from about 20 meters above the ground. The powerful roar of the propane burner marks the gentle lift-off, making the experience both exciting and secure, with the balloon held in place by four ropes.

Winter Experience

Furano Hot Air Balloon

Photo by: PIXTA/ たかきち See a winter wonderland from above.

During winter, Furano is covered in pristine white snow, adding to the enchantment of a hot air balloon ride. The steady wind during this season ensures a smooth and captivating journey. From 200 meters high in the sky, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of the snow-capped Tokachi mountain range and Daisetsuzan National Park. The snow-covered surroundings create a truly magical scene that is unforgettable. Floating over the stunning landscapes of central Hokkaido in a hot air balloon offers an experience like no other. This aerial adventure is a great way to see the beauty of Furano from a new perspective, whether you’re with family, friends, or a special someone.

Furano’s hot air balloon rides offer a blend of summer and winter experiences that showcase the town’s natural beauty in two distinct and breathtaking settings. Whether visiting in the summer or winter, a hot air balloon adventure promises to be a highlight of your journey through Hokkaido.

Things To Know

Hours and Fees

During summer:
Operating hours: Morning Flight 6 a.m. – 7 a.m. and evening Flight 6:30 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Experience duration: about 5 minutes
Tethered Hot Air Balloon Flight ¥ 2,750

During winter
Operating hours: Only morning flights 7 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Experience duration: Approximately 30 minutes.
20-minute flight: ¥18,000.
30-minute flight: ¥22,000.

When planning your hot air balloon adventure in Furano, remember to dress appropriately for the weather.

How To Get There


By bus

To get from Sapporo to Balloon Square in Furano, you can take a bus to Kitanomine Iriguchi and then walk for about 12 minutes.

Alternatively, from Asahikawa station, you can take the Asahikawa line bus to the New Furano Prince Hotel, get off at Kisen, and then walk for approximately 10 minutes to reach Balloon Square.

Where To Stay

Hotel & Condominium Hitohana
  • 23-10 Kitanominecho, Furano-shi, Hokkaido, 076-0034 Japan
  • ¥53,130 - ¥186,000
  • 4.8/5 (117 reviews)
  • 0.3 km
Resort Inn North Country
  • 2002 Shimogoryo, Furano-shi, Hokkaido, 076-0017 Japan
  • ¥15,000 - ¥16,500
  • 3.09/5 (302 reviews)
  • 1.3 km
Barrier-free Inn & Cafe Itsuka-Furano-e
  • Shimogoryo, Furano-shi, Hokkaido, 076-0017 Japan
  • ¥13,156 - ¥22,308
  • 4.5/5 (31 reviews)
  • 1.8 km
Pension Hoshi-Ni-Negaiwo
  • Shimizuyama, Furano-shi, Hokkaido, 076-0048 Japan
  • ¥12,000 - ¥12,000
  • 2.1 km
Hostel Tomar
  • 2-27 Motomachi, Furano-shi, Hokkaido, 076-0031 Japan
  • ¥4,900 - ¥33,200
  • 4.21/5 (126 reviews)
  • 2.1 km

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