Visited 11.07.2012, 12.07.2012
Personally like the concept of Furano Marche. A one stop shop for all made in Furano products, Furano Marche is made up of three buildings and four zones - sweets/desserts cafe (Sabor), farmers' market selling locally grown agricultural products (Hogar), dining area (Furadish) and souvenir shop (Argent). Only managed to look around in Argent for both days because we reached near its closing time.
A wide range of products is available in Argent. Local specialties such as jams from Furano Jam Garden in Rokugo, grape juices and wines from Furano Grape Juice Factory and Winery, lavender products from Farm Tomita and the list goes on. Tried out this famous cheese cake filled blueberry jam from Shinya, another well-known confectionery shop established in Furano - both flavours blended very well, just the right amount of sweetness. If you missed out the main shop, which is nearer to Furano JR Station, you can also get their products in Furano Marche.
Will definitely spend some time in its sweets cafe and dining area, if I happen to visit Furano again.
Do make a mental note that there is still this shop in the heart of Furano to do all your last minute shopping for food and souvenirs, if you have missed out buying anything from other tourist attractions/destinations.
Opening hours: 0900 - 1900 hrs (15 Jun to 23 Sep); 1000 - 1900 hrs (other periods)
How to get there?
(1) 10 mins walk from Furano JR Station.
(2) Kururu bus, only available from 1 July to 15 August. Alight at bus stop B.
(3) Furano bus, heading Nishatappu (西达布) or Rokugo (麓乡) from Furano JR Station.