Biei is like a page from a picture book, capturing spreading rolling hills and an almost complete panoramic view of the Taisetsu mountain range. You can enjoy Biei throughout the year, with the snow-capped tips of the Taisetsuzan contrasting the bare soil in spring, beautiful flowers and blue sky in the summer, autumn leaves and bright yellow rape blossoms in fall, and pure white powder snow in winter. You can't help but be fascinated by the distinct visual effects produced in each season by the spectral interplay between the hills and mountains in the background.
In the town itself, every building along the main street ( Biei Hondori Shotengai) is obligated to follow a building code requiring buildings to have a triangular roof and to display their year of construction. JR Biei station, though not large by any stretch, is a quietly polite, photogenic little building. Diagonally across from the station building you'll find the Tourist Information center, called “Shiki no Jyouhou-kan (four seasons information center)”. The Center is relatively new and is filled with many Biei local products, gifts, and maps. There is also a little rest area to sit down nd read a magazine or brochure.
The West side of JR Biei station is known for its “photo spots.” The Northwest Observatory Park, Seven star tree, and Mild Seven hill are on this side of Biei. The East side of Biei is more conducive to hands-on experiences like farm visits, craft workshops and small interesting cafes and restaurants. Still further east towards the mountain range you'll find the Shirogane onsen area. During summer, the road from Shirogane onsen and Tokachidake onsen is open. You are able to drive through volcanic mountains that have seen eruptions as recently as 1989.
Biei is also known as the “artists’ town.” You can find many unique shops, restaurants, B&Bs, art studios, and small galleries scattered around the town and its outskirts.
For more information about Biei and things to do and see there, please visit the Biei Tourism Association website.