Centre of Hokkaido
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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.