Furano (富良野) is one of most popular spot in Hokkaido. Especially July is the busiest season because the bloom of Lavender. You can enjoy Furano in not only summer season but also autumn. You may see the fall color leaves in September. The scenery in autumn is breathtaking too. Furano can be accessed directly from Sapporo (札幌) by Limited Express Furano Lavender Express / Furano Koyo Express from July to mid October. There are three round trips in the peak season. But if you want to have a nice rail excursion and enjoy the scenery from the train, I recommend you to take this train “Furano Biei Norokko train” (富良野・美瑛ノロッコ号). Of course you can take this train by Japan Rail Pass with no extra charge. Let’s see the details about this train.
Route and schedule
There are three round trips between Asahikawa (旭川) or Biei (美瑛) and Furano. One round trip connects Asahikawa with Furano in 1 hour 40 minutes, and another two round trips connect Biei with Furano in 50 minutes. N
Norokko is a combination word of “Noroi” and “Torokko” in Japanese. “Noroi” means very slow. Torokko originally means an open air mine cart. But Torokko means an open air observation car in these days. This is very popular type of fleet for cruising train during summer time. On the other hand, this train does not give you any luxury atmosphere. There are the wood bench seats only. But you can enjoy the beautiful scenery and the fresh air from the nature of Hokkaido.
Furano Biei Norokko train is usually operated from early June to late September. Please check the latest operation date information at Seasonal trains information.
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Lavender Batake station is open for this train only. It is only 7 minutes away from one of the most popular spot in Furano, Tomita Farm Lavender Field. So you can take this train to Lavender Batake from Furano.
These express trains are operated from early June to late September. Please check the most updated information at Seasonal trains information.
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Accommodation and train formations
This train is operated by open air observation car (=Torokko in Japanese). There are reserved seat and non reserved. But the accommodations are completely same. There are the wood bench seat.
R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat
You can watch the movie at Lavender Batake station.