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Entrance to a shrine in Furano

As I am heading away from Naka-Furano to Furano I think it should be easy to get on the next train and head straight for Kushiro. But that’s not quite how things work on the country side of Hokkaido. The trains are few and far between. Hence the next train departing Furano is not for another 3-4 hours. Hence I store my luggage in a coin locker and start to head out to explore around the town and have some lunch while I am at it.

 

The city of Furano is not really a place of many outstanding sights. Of course it got its fair share of Shinto shrines like any city in Japan of a reasonable size, But the big attraction of the city is location - like always location will determine everything - at least according to the real estate agents who always seem to claim the three most important factors when selling a house in the top end of the market are - location, location and location. Well here in Furano location is the main claim the city got to fame. In the centre of the city is a little marker stone which indicate the central point of not just the city - but the entire island of Hokkaido.

 

The sight of the stone is not really awe inspiring but you sort of need to take pictures of this special sight. After the highlight of my trip to Hokkaido I am more or less finished with my day in Furano and head towards the station from where I will need to catch a local train to catch and express train which should if all goes well have me in Kushiro sometimes tonight. I actually get there around ten so there are not a whole lot to do and I just head towards the best hotel in town - which at this hour of the day by definition is the one closest to the station.

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Entrance to a shrine in Furano
Entrance to a shrine in Furano
Fox garding the temple
Fox garding the temple
Fox garding the temple
Fox garding the temple
Fox garding the temple
Fox garding the temple
Fox garding the temple
Fox garding the temple
Buddha
Buddha
Path up to the temple
Path up to the temple
You just feel so welcome when you …
You just feel so welcome when you…
and is friend
and is friend
The big bell
The big bell
The temple
The temple
Flowers in the garden
Flowers in the garden
Lamp
Lamp
The bell outside the shrine
The bell outside the shrine
The collection box
The collection box
Many tories leading up to a small …
Many tories leading up to a small…
The centralpoint of Hokkaido
The centralpoint of Hokkaido
Stone at the central point of Hokk…
Stone at the central point of Hok…
Close look at the central marketr
Close look at the central marketr
The central marker
The central marker
Colorfull roof
Colorfull roof
Buddhas
Buddhas
Buddhas
Buddhas
Furano
photo by: tj1777