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Get a unique aerial view of Furano with hot air balloon rides

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By Abhijit Sen

When you’re visiting the beautiful landscapes of Hokkaido, you should definitely consider taking a hot air balloon ride in the picturesque town of Furano. It’s a fantastic way to see the area from a different perspective and appreciate its natural beauty. Whether soaring in the summer amidst lush greens or drifting in the winter over pristine snowscapes, a hot air balloon adventure in Furano promises to be an unforgettable journey through the sky.

A hot-air balloon ride is nothing but an aerial stroll with a panoramic view of the vivid landscapes of this delightful region. You can take an exciting balloon ride during the summer and winter seasons. People of all ages can enjoy this unforgettable experience.

Summer Experience

A bird’s eye view of the lush summer countryside Image: PIXTA/ shuki

During the summertime, Furano bursts into a riot of color as the lavender fields and other natural wonders come to life. A lesser-known but amazing way to experience Furano is from the sky in a tethered hot air balloon. This thrilling experience reveals stunning views of lush greenery and rolling hills from about 20 meters above the ground. The powerful roar of the propane burner marks the gentle lift-off, making the experience both exciting and secure, with the balloon held in place by four ropes.

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It seems to me, one who gets vertigo on step stools, that this is a beautiful thing I'll never see. Maybe I should buy a few postcards.

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