Furano Biei Norokko train, Easy rail trip around Furano area for everyone.

Furano Biei Norokko train goes on Furano line. (C) 800px-Norokkogou-furano-biei / Birdman
Furano Biei Norokko train takes you one of most popular spot, Furano and Biei. (C) 800px-Norokkogou-furano-biei / Birdman

Furano 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 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”. 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

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There are three round trips between Asahikawa or Biei and Furano. One round trip connects Asahikawa and Furano in 1 hour 40 minutes, and another two round trips connect Biei and Furano in 50 minutes.

Norokko is a combination word of “Noroi” and “Torokko” in Japanese. “Noroi” means very slow. Torokko means an open air observation car in these days. This is very popular type of the 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.

Asahikawa (旭川)X
Biei (美瑛)X
Bibaushi (美馬牛)X
Kamifurano (上富良野)X
Lavender Batake (ラベンダー畑)X
Nakafurano (中富良野)X
Furano (富良野)X
Summer scenery in Farm Tomita

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.

Operation dates

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.


Exterior of the train (C) 100yen [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0], via Wikimedia Commons
Interior of the train (C) Rsa [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Train formation


R=Reserved ordinary seat NR=Non reserved ordinary seat

You can watch the movie at Lavender Batake station.

48 thoughts on “Furano Biei Norokko train, Easy rail trip around Furano area for everyone.”

  1. Hi Takeshi!
    I will be travelling in Hokkaido this summer in late August and I’m wondering about whether the passes I hold will be eligible for this train.
    I have both the Vanilla air higashi Hokkaido pass and the Seishun 18 kippu. I assume they can both be used on Norroko for unreserved seats. However, I am wondering if seats can be reserved using either of these passes? If it is possible, how much would the extra fee be?

    Much thanks!

  2. Hi,
    We are planning for day trip from Sapporo to Otoru on June 9, 2018 and Sapporo to Furano Tomita Farm on June 10, 2018.

    I saw there are two options traveling to Furano
    (1) direct by Crystal Express
    (2) Sapporo-Asahikawa + Furano Biei Norokko train.

    I can’t find the train schedule for Crystal Express. Can you share the round trip train schedule?

    How much is the round trip train from Sapporo for both options? and Where can we purchase the tickets? Do we need to purchase in advance?

    We have 15 people on the trip, is there other alternative transport other than train?

    Thanks in advance


    1. Hi Djuwita,

      Please see the link below. You will find the timetable of Furano Lavender Express which you meant Crystal Express.

      You may use hyperdia to find the fare and timetable too.

      You can purchase a ticket at the reservation window in major JR station, such as Sapporo, New Chitose airport. You can purchase it before you travel if you want.

      Please talk to the travel agent. I believe you may charter small bus because your group is quite big. But I don’t know the price and I don’t relate any local transportation company.


      Takeshi / JPRail.com

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