A must read for people who want to visit the lavender fields in Furano! Starting with the world-famous Farm Tomita, our local reporter will share inside tips and the best period to visit various lavender fields in the Furano region. This summer, wouldn’t you like to see the lavender-covered hills and become enveloped in the refreshing scent drifting softly in the breeze? Let’s explore the lavender fields of the North!
1. Farm Tomita - The Holy Land of Lavender Fields
Farm Tomita revived the declining lavender cultivation in the Furano region and pioneered that established lavender tourism. Now it is a lavender holy land where people visit from around the world.
To reach Farm Tomita it takes about 45 minutes by car from Asahikawa Airport, about 5 minutes from JR Furano Station, and about a 7 minute walk from JR Lavender Farm Station where only the special train Noroko is allowed to run.
In the farm there are a variety of flower fields and many places worth viewing!
There are many types of lavender here, such as the Noushi Hayazaki and Youtei, which are in bloom during early July to mid-July, and the Okamurazaki, which is in bloom from mid-July to late July. Even though there are many late blooming lavender types, you can enjoy a purple view in various locations in the farm from early to late July.
Farm Tomita offers shops and cafes like Poppy House and Hanabito House to accompany your flower viewing pleasure.
Stroll around with a camera: the beautiful landscape will mesmerize you to spend the whole day here. Magnificent views will convince you that this is indeed a holy land.
During the lavender season in July, there are many visitors and on the weekends the parking lot is crammed with a long line of cars forming before noon. We recommend visiting Farm Tomita in the morning before the crowds descend. Especially if you are planning on visiting the lavender fields, there is some traveling to do and the roads will be crowded, so we propose that you start your sightseeing from here.
Entry Fee: Free
Hours: Normal operation hours planned for 2018 (December to March will be operated as WHITE SEASON)
Free entry to the flower fields
Closed: Always open during the lavender season
*Shops, cafes will have different operations hours depending on the facility and season. Please check the website.
2. Choei Lavender Farm - Ride the Ski Lift and View Lavender Fields from Above
After Farm Tomita, head on over to Choei Lavender Farm, which is about a three minute drive away. This is a hidden gem for viewing lavender. Hop on the ski lift and view the lavender fields on the slope! (Round trip fair: high school students and up, 300 yen; elementary and middle school, 200 yen)
Enjoy the view going up the slope and once at the top look back to see the magnificent vista!
Beyond the lavender field sprawled across the slope is a rural landscape and the Tokachi Mountain range. Make sure to stop by after visiting Farm Tomita: this view is a must!
It is possible to walk up and down the slope, however we strongly recommend the ski lift. Sure, it is easier to get to the top, but the ride down is refreshing!
There are 4 types of lavenders here, the early blooming Noushi Hayazaki, the late bloomer Okamurasaki, the white lavender Misetosekka and the larger Lavandin.
There are some lavender in bloom from late June, however there are more late bloomers so we recommend visiting during mid to late July. Make sure to hop on the ski lift to get the full experience!
Entry Fee: Free, round trip ski fare: high school students and up, 300 yen; elementary and middle school students, 200 yen
Hours: Every Year from mid-June to August 31st 9 AM - 6PM (may be closed during bad weather)
Closed: Open during the season
3. Lavender East - Japan’s Largest Lavender Field
After riding the ski lift, head on over to Japan’s largest lavender field, Lavender East! It is operated by Farm Tomita and is located about 7 minutes away from Farm Tomita by car and about 10 minute drive from Choei Lavender Farm.
It was originally a farm to produce dried flowers, lavender oil and other products, however form 2008 it was opened to the public for a limited period only.
There are two major points here. The first is viewing the lavender field from the Fragrant Breeze Hill and observation deck located in the center area of the facility.
The second point is riding the lavender bus (200 yen, middle schoolers and up; 100 yen, 4 years old to elementary school) and enjoying the view. The open bus without windows or pillars offers an excellent view and guided tour. While the farm is open, feel free to ride the bus at any time.
Being able to enjoy the view, fragrance and learn trivia, the lavender bus is a must ride!
- Address 〒071-0526 北海道空知郡上富良野町東6線北16号／16, Higashi6-senkita, Kamifurano-cho Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido, 071-0526, Japan
- Phone Number 0167-39-3939
Entrance Fee: Free
Hours: 2018 June 30th - July 31st 9 AM to 4:30 PM
Closed: Open during the season (not accessible during off season)
4. Hinode Lavender Field - Viewing the Fields Below from the Observation Deck!
Hinode Lavender Garden in Kamifurano Town is a 10-15 minute drive from Lavender East. This region started lavender cultivation first in the Furano region and there is a monument indicating the birthplace of lavender cultivation.
To reach the observation deck from the parking lot, walk up hill and use the steps surrounded by lavender. The view from the observation deck is worth the walk!
Just below the observation deck is the white monument Bell of Love (Ai no Kane), which is popular with couples and young ladies.
The main lavender type is the Okamuarasaki, however there is also the early bloomer Noushi San Go aka Koimuraskai in some parts. The best season to view the Okamuarasaki is mid to late July.
Hinode lavender garden日の出公園ラベンダー園
- Address 〒071-0521 北海道空知郡上富良野町東1線北27号／27, Higashi1-senkita, Kamifurano-cho Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido, 071-0521, Japan
Phone Number : 0167-45-6983（Kamifurano Public Commercial & Industrial Tourism Planning Department, Commercial & Industrial Tourism Group）
Entrance Fee: Free
5. Rokugo Viewing Platform (Furano Jam Garden) - Amazing Lavender and Sunflower Fields
Next we will head to Rokugo Viewing Platform located at Furano Jam Garden in Furano outskirts Rokugo, which is about a 40 minute drive from Hinode Lavender Garden. A small tip, from Kamifurano to Rokugo district the national road is usually crowded, it is smoother if you take the prefectural road closer towards the foot of Mount Tokachi.
We recommend the view from the observation deck
Around the viewing platform there are lavender fields, Chinese Peony, Spider Flower, Cosmos and other seasonal flowers.
After viewing the beautiful flowers, head on over to the Auntie Jam’s Gift Shop for some shopping.
Made without water and only vegetables and fruits from Hokkaido, the jam is nutrition-packed and very delicious. You can sample the 38 flavors of jam and other processed agricultural products.
The main lavender here is the late blooming Okamurasaki which can be seen from mid to late July. However even if you miss the lavender season, there are many other types of flowers to enjoy.
Rokugou viewing Platform (Furano Jam Garden)麓郷展望台（ふらのジャム園）
- Address 〒076-0162 北海道富良野市東麓郷3／3, Higashirokugo, Furano-shi, Hokkaido, 076-0162, Japan
- Phone Number 0167-29-2233
Entrance Fee: Free
Hours: 9 AM - 5:30 PM
Closed: End of the year to New Year’s (temporary closure during the winter season)
6. Highland Furano - Viewing Lavender While Soaking in an Outdoor Hot Spring
How about soaking in an outdoor hot spring while looking at lavenders at the end of your trip? Head on over to Highland Furano, a 50 minute drive from Furano Jam Garden and about 20 minutes from JR Furano Station.
The hot spring is open late and is perfect to wash away your fatigue from sightseeing and driving! (Adult: 510 yen, middle school student: 407 yen, elementary school student: 257 yen; early bird and late night discount for adults)
You must try out the outdoor hot spring!
The lavender fields are illuminated during mid-July providing a view after sunset.
The main lavender type here is the Noushi San Go, which blooms a little later than early bloomers and a little sooner than late bloomers. The best time for viewing is mid-July, however the lavender and hot spring can be enjoyed until late July.
- Address 〒076-0036 北海道富良野市島ノ下／Shimanoshita, Furano-shi, Hokkaido, 076-0036, Japan
- Phone Number 0167-22-5700
Price: Day trip bath Adult: 510 yen, middle school student: 407 yen, elementary school student: 257 yen, 100 yen discount for adults from 6 AM-8 AM and after 9 PM
Hours: 6 AM to 11 PM (bathing reception ends at 10:30 PM)
Closed: Closed on maintenance days
Best Viewing Period for Lavender is July
The lavender planted in the Furano region are mainly early bloomers, which start blooming in late June and is in full bloom from early to mid-July. The late bloomers will start blooming in early July and is in full bloom from mid to late July.
So the best period to visit is in July, especially between July 10-25 is probably ideal. Harvesting will start in August so visit by the end of July by the latest.
How were the lavender sites in the Furano region?
For everyone planning to travel to Furano to view lavender, be sure not to miss the best season and enjoy your lavender sightseeing!
*All prices in the article are tax inclusive.
*This article was partially revised based on the content of the coverage in 2017
Written by : Nobuhiro Kawashima
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