Some of our friends stayed at the Furano New Prince in winter, probably because of the ski slopes nearby. But was it worth it in summer? We weren’t sure. It came highly recommended in tour books.
Its inconvenient to stay here in summer as you’ve to take hourly public shuttle bus (260 yen one way). Because I couldnt get the second night in Natalux initially, I had no choice but to book this hotel. No regrets. The Hotel grounds are worth a visit.
The flower gardens were converted from disused golf courses. Hot spring onsen, shops selling local produce, famous Ningle wooden terrace selling crafts from hobbyists. Hot air balloon. Skip the famous baked milk in summer. We had dinner at the hotel as it was inconvenient waiting for the coach and getting back when there was lovely, cool fresh mountain air to enjoy here.
If you’re staying here and not driving, take the coach from Sapporo instead of JR train especially if you’ve large luggage. I came in summer and had to ponder how to fit my luggage into the tiny shuttle. We left them at the overnight lockers in train station.
We stayed one night at Natalux and the other night in New Furano Prince Hotel.