About BieiInquiry for the Hill Town of Biei

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    The temperature and clothes for your trip
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    In December to March, the temperature is usually 5℃ to -10℃ (23℉ to 14℉) , and -15℃ in early morning. Warm Clothes and shoes are necessary. In June - October, the temperature changes drastically, 30℃ in daytime and 10℃ or under in early morning. So, even though t-shirts are no problem at daytime, but jackets are definitely needed at night.
  • Q
    The best season for trip
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    Early summer to Autumn, the hills is tinged with many colors from vegetables and flowers, it's the most popular season for tourists. The best season of autumn leaves is the middle of October (the beginning of November for larches), and the significant landscapes are in winter, it's all covered with snow (silver frost, trees covered with frost, sun-pillar, etc.), is so lovely.
  • Q
    Events in Biei
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    We have 6 big events in Biei, 1. A competition of ski marathon (Miyasama international ski marathon) on the third Sunday of Feburualy./ 2. A competition of marathon (Helthy marathon) on the second Sunday of June./ 3. Mt.Tokachi-dake hiking event (for opening of summer mountaineering) on the third Sunday of June./ 4. Fire festival (Nachi-Biei Himatsuri) on 24th of July./ 5. Agricultural festival (Dokant Matsuri) on the third Saturday in August./ 6. Bicycles event (Century ride) on the middle of September.
  • Q
    The reason here, Biei, is called "Patchwork hills"
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    Several kinds of vegetables and crops such as potatoes, wheat, sweetcoan, beans, sugar radish etc. are grown in the field on the hills through spring to autumn. They're all green in spring, but are changing their own colors to summer and autumn. The hills are covered with a lot of colors from these vegetables and looks like a patchwork quilt, so this is the reason this hills are called 'Patchwork hills'.
  • Q
    Why here, Biei, is called "hilly town Biei"
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    The landscape of Biei has feature such as piled hills because of the intense volcanic activities of Mt.Tokachi-dake which has been repeated since 2 million years ago. Pioneers came and started farming here about 100 years ago, and it has been called 'Hilly town' because of this characteristic landscape looks like rural areas of Europe.

About sightseeingInquiry bout Event & Tour & Staying

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    About Hot Springs
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    We have a source of hot spring that is called Shirogane Hot Spring. You can enjoy it without staying overnight(day trip to a hot spring).
  • Q
    Sightseeing spots on rainy days
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    We have some facilities which are within a walking distance from JR Biei Station. "Shiki-no-Tou Tower" of Biei Town office(Enjoy views), "Oka-no-Kura"(Souvenir shop & Restaurant & Gallery), "bi.yell"(Cafe & Gallery), and "Misora"(Biei History museum). Other than that, Shirogane Hot Spring and Indoor Activities.
  • Q
    Pich-up services to accommodations and other facilities for indoor & outdoor activities
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    Pick-up service depends on each accommodation&facility. Please contact each owner.
  • Q
    Travel around Biei
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Access InformationInquiry about transportation & booking a rental car

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    The time required from neighboring cities to Biei
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    It takes about 30-40 minutes by car from Asahikawa, 35 minutes by JR train, and 45 minutes by bus. From Furano, it takes about 45 minutes by car, 40 minutes by JR train, and 45 minutes by bus.
  • Q
    Rental bicycles
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    We have five rental bicycle shops near JR Biei Station, and one shops near JR Bibaushi Station. Please check here.
  • Q
    Rental cars
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    We have three rental car shops in Biei. Please contact them directly for booking.  
    • 1. "Eki Rental Car" -Biei Office TEL:0166-86-2491
    • 2. "Toyota Rental Car" -Biei Office TEL:0166-92-7070
    • 3. "Choinori Rental Car" -Biei Office TEL:0120-330-737

Flowers and Seasonal InformationInquiry about flowers&the sights in Biei

  • Q
    The best season for wheat
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    There are many variety of wheat in Biei. Depends on its brand, wheat turns into red and yellow starting from middle of July to the end of July. In early of August, wheat will be harvested.
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    The best season to see the farm fields
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    Spectacular farm scenery can be seen between the end of June to the end of October.
  • Q
    The best season for the potato flowers
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    The best is between the end of June to the beginning of July.
  • Q
    The best season for lavendar
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    In Biei, it will be from the end of June to the end of July.
  • Q
    The best season and place for flowers
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    There are two flower gardens in Biei. One is called Shikisai no Oka and the other one is Zerubu no Oka. The flowers beautifully bloom between the end of June to the end of October.
  • Q
    Autumn leaves and place
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    Autumn leaves on the Mt. Tokachi-dake starts from the middle of September, and Autumn leaves can be seen in the town area starting from the middle of October. Every year
  • Q
    The season and the sights of Cherry Blossoms
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    The best season to see cherry blossoms is in the middle of May. You can enjoy them at "Ikoigamori Park" and "Seidai Dam".

About the public facilitiesIntroduction of Tourist Information Centers

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    Luggage storage
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    Lockers (300 and 500 yen) are available in Biei Tourist Center (Shiki no johoukan) which is next to the JR Biei Station. If the luggage is too big and cannot fit inside the lockers, you can put your luggage at our storage counter. One for 500 yen.

about Blue pondInquiry about Shirogane Blue Pond(Transport/Open Time/Photo Spot)

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    The openings period for Blue Pond and Shirahige waterfall
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    Winter illumination at Blue Pond is hold in winter. After the illumination is finished, blue pond will be closed until snow melts in spring. In 2017, it reopened to public on April 15. Shirahige waterfall is opened through year. You can enjoy its seasonal scenery in four seasons.

othersWIFI and other inquiries

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    WIFI connection
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    We have FREE WIFI connection in the tourist Center (Shiki no johokan) and also other FREE WIFI connections ONLY for foreigners.