Depending on season and weather, the pond has various hues of blue. It’s bright blue colour is caused by natural minerals dissolving in the water, and the water itself is not blue.
The water flowing between the rocks resembles a white beard, hence its name Shirahige (white beard).
A popular hot-spring resort town, this would have been a lovely place to stay if I had more time. There are many ryokans here, ski resorts in winter, and a camping ground for summer time.
During the flower blooming seasons from around May to September, there is always an abundance of pretty flowers in Biei and Furano. Flowers here are planted in a circular pattern, and you can even rent an ATV for some fun around the flower park. There is a dedicated route just for the vehicle.