Biei is about 30 minutes by local train from Asahikawa. Central Biei is a small town but the area is very large and hilly. There are Taisetsu mountains behind of the hilly land. The scenery of Biei is very beautiful. It's simular to a part of Switzerland. One of my friends told me that the view from the Swiss train is almost like in Hokkaido when we were in the train form Bern to Lausanne, Switzerland. I understood it when I visited there. I remainded Switzerland in Biei.