Scenic Beauty of Japan: Lavender Fields of Furano (Hokkaido)
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With nothing to obstruct the view, one can find the vast rolling hills dyed in light purple by the breathtaking lavender fields of Furano. The cultivation of these fields began in 1937, when a Japanese perfume company received lavender seeds from France. However, when imports and synthetic perfumes eventually dropped in price, the cultivation of lavender was terminated. Luckily, just around that time, the lavender fields in Naka Furano were gaining popularity all over Japan as a beautiful tourist location, so the area was revived as the Furano lavender fields gained more and more appreciation. Here, you can enjoy the lavender fields for free!
The earliest flowers begin to bloom around the end of June and the whole area is dyed purple in full bloom from around mid to late July.
1. The Original Lavender Field of Furano (Traditional Lavender Farm)
If you’re going to the lavender fields of Furnano, then you should definitely stop by Farm Tomita. This is Furano’s representative spot so in the peak season it becomes extremely crowded. When you go, try to aim for a weekday or visit early in the morning. This is the oldest lavender field in Japan, and also where the Furano Lavender Fields were first introduced nationwide when its picture was used in a calendar for Japan’s national railway.
After climbing to the top of the fields, the purple-dyed sloping hill spreads below revealing views of the rolling countryside dotted by farms and houses and the epic Tokachidake Mountain Range in the distance.
2. The Most Famous Lavender Field in Furano!
For all of those who have thought, “I want to go see the lavender fields of Furano!” it’s probably due to pictures of Farm Tomita’s most famous field, “Irodori no Hatake.” Just take a look! The beauty!
A beautiful, seven-colored rainbow is made by flowers like purple lavender, white baby’s breath, red poppies, pink garden catchflies that grow across the gentle sloping hill. This is undoubtedly the number one spot for pictures in the Furano lavender fields.
After taking some great pictures, take a walk through the fields. Be sure not to step on the flowers and stay on the small designated path. You’ll feel like you’re walking through the flower fields of heaven!
After that head to the very top of the fields and take a look down! On the other side of the rainbow colored fields, you can see the whole of Furano.
3. Furano Choei Lavender Garden
After enjoying Farm Tomita to one’s heart’s content, head to the Naka Furano Choei Lavender Garden located within walking distance. Here also you will find lavender and other beautiful, colored flowers that make for remarkable views.
The greatest feature here is riding the lift to see the lavender growing from the sides of the mountain. Because this area is also used as a ski resort in winter, we can enjoy this special treat. Please enjoy the exhilarating view!
4. One of Japan’s Largest Lavender Fields
Here, we’ve been introducing the Farm Tomita central area located within walking distance to JF Hokkaido Lavender Station, but for those who want to see more, take a 7-min taxi ride to Farm Tomita East. Here you will find yourself in one of the largest lavender fields in all of Japan. Because of its expansive size, one can also tour the area by bus.
Lavender-colored ice cream is sold in the cafe and shop located in Farm Tomita. The ice cream has extracts of lavender for a refreshing taste. It goes perfect with early summer!
Delicious Food Made with Produce from Furano Local Farms
Furano, at its heart, is a farming town. High quality goods can be found in local vegetables, fruits, meat, dairy products, etc. In order to get one’s fill of delicious food made from local Furano products, head to Furano Marche located at a 7-min walk from JR Furano Station. There’s lots of delicious food to be found!
Address: 13-1 Saiwai-cho, Furano-shi, Hokkaido（北海道富良野市幸町13-1）
Phone No.: +81-75-882-9725
Open: 9:00 – 19:00
Open everyday throughout lavender season.
◆Furano Resort Orika
Furano Resort Orika is a high class resort built upon a high hill. There is a free bus service between Naka Furano Station and the resort’s bus stop as well as a shuttle from the resort to Tomita Farm (return taxi paid at one’s own expense), making this the best hotel to enjoy the lavender fields of Furano.
Furano Resort Orika（富良野リゾートオリカ）
Address: 17 Nishi 2 Sen Kita, Naka Furano-cho, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido（ 北海道空知郡中富良野町西2線北17号）
Phone No.: +81-167-44-3000
◆ Furano La Terre
Furano La Terre is the only hotel with an onsen in the Naka Furano area. The hotel is located at a 5-min taxi drive from Farm Tomita. Free shuttle buses are offered between the hotel bus stop and Naka Furano Station.
Furano La Terre（ふらのラテール）
Address: 18 Higashi 1 Sen Kita, Naka Furano-cho, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido（北海道空知郡中富良野町東1線北18号）
Phone No.: +81-167-39-3100
The Naka Furano Lavender Festival and firework show are held every year in July on Mt. Hokusei which covers the sky with over 1,300 fireworks. Some of the fireworks are even held and ignited directly by people …
Naka Furano Lavender Festival and Firework Show（なかふらのラベンダーまつり＆花火大会）
Opening Day: Every year on a Saturday in July *7/16/2016 (Saturday).
Location: 1-41 Miyamachi, Naka Furano-cho, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido（北海道空知郡中富良野町宮町1-41）
Hours: Event #1 – from 11:00 – various events, Event #2 – from 20:00 – firework show
Phone No.: +81-167-39-3033 (Naka Furano Tourist Association)
The Furano Biei Norokko Express is a train that runs only during the lavender season in Furano. On this train, you can enjoy the spectacular views of the lavender fields from giant open windows. The famous Tomita Farm is located only 7 minutes away on foot from the provisional “Lavender Field Station.” There are only two runs made a day so be sure to check the official website for the train schedule!
7-min walk from Lavender Field Station on the JR Furano Line, 5-min taxi from Naka Furano Station on the JR Furano Line.
*The Lavender Field Station is a provisional station open only during the lavender season
From Asahikawa Airport take the Lavender Bus to the Naka Furano stop and take a taxi for 5 minutes.
Events and schedules vary slightly from year to year. Please be sure to check the official website.
Address: 15 Kisen Kita, Naka Furano-cho, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido（北海道空知郡中富良野町基線北15号）
Phone No.: +81-167-23-3388 (Furano Tourist Association)
Open: 8:30 – 17:00
Required Time: 3 hours
Naka Furano Choei Lavender Garden（中富良野町営ラベンダー園）
Address: 1-14 Miyamachi, Naka Furano-cho, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido（北海道空知郡中富良野町宮町1-14）
Phone No.: +81-167-44-2123 (Naka Furano-cho Industrial Construction Division)
Open: Lift operates from 9:00 – 17:00
Required Time: 2 hours
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IKIDANE NIPPON Editor Senior Travel Writers