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Home - Travel - Sightseeing Guide - Hokkaido - Furano
Furano Flower Fields 
# 1   of 6 most visited
sights in Furano

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Lavender fields at Farm Tomita

Lavender has been cultivated in Hokkaido for more than half a century. When the arrival of lower priced, imported lavender led to a decrease in demand for Hokkaido's lavender in the 1960s and 70s, the local lavender's main function shifted from agricultural product to tourist attraction.

Nowadays, Furano's lavender fields attract large numbers of visitors to the region every summer, when the plants are in full bloom. The majority of lavender usually starts blooming in late June and reaches its peak from around mid July to early August. Less numerous, later flowering varieties of lavender remain in bloom into mid August.

Many other flowers make Furano an attractive destination outside of the lavender season, as well. The main season for flower viewing takes place between June and September, although some flowers also bloom earlier and later than that. Flowers include rape blossoms, poppies and lupins from June, lilies from July and sunflowers, salvias and cosmos from August and September.

Poppy field in June

There are numerous flower fields of various sizes all across Furano. The best spot to view the lavender is Farm Tomita, whose lavender and flower fields with the Tokachi mountain range as backdrop are spectacular. The popular farm is free to enter and besides the flower fields has cafes and shops that sell a wide range of lavender related products. The farm naturally gets rather busy during the peak season.

In 2008, Farm Tomita opened a second farm, Lavender East to the public. Located about four kilometers east of Farm Tomita, Lavender East has by far the most spacious of all lavender fields in Furano, covering 14 hectares. Besides a shop, cafe and observation deck, the farm offers paid 15 minute rides on the "Lavender Bus" through the lavender fields.

Lavender East's "Lavender Bus"

Another popular farm for lavender and other flowers is the Flower Land Kamifurano. The farm's hillside location affords beautiful views of the Tokachi mountain range in combination with the flower fields. Among the attractions are rides through the fields on tractor pulled carts and hands on experiences such as lavender cutting and flower pressing.

An attractive way to travel between Furano, Biei and some of the lavender farms while enjoying the scenery, is the Furano-Biei Norokko train. The train operates daily from early June through August and on weekends in September and early October and stops at the temporarily constructed Lavender-Batake Station, a five minute walk from Farm Tomita.

The Furano-Biei Norokko train passes by Farm Tomita

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How to get there
Lavender and flower fields are spread across Furano and many of them are not easily accessible without private transportation. A rental car is the easiest way to get around.

Farm Tomita

From June to mid October, some trains along the JR Furano Line, including the Furano-Biei Norokko trains, stop at the seasonally constructed "Lavender Batake Station" (20 minutes, 230 yen from Furano or 35 minutes, 450 yen from Biei), from where the farm can be reached in a 5-10 minute walk.

From June 28 to August 10, 2014, the blue line of the Furano Kururu bus connects Furano Station with Farm Tomita three times per day. The ride takes about 25 minutes, and the fare is 1000 yen for two calendar days of unlimited use of the Furano Kururu buses.

The Twinkle Bus Furano "Lavender Course" sightseeing bus, which runs from Asahikawa to Furano (3.5 hours, 1500 yen, one bus daily from June 28 to August 31, 2014), makes a stop at Farm Tomita. Reservations for the Twinkle Bus are mandatory and can be made at JR railway stations across Hokkaido.

During the rest of the year, the farm can be accessed in a 30 minute walk or five minute taxi ride from Nakafurano Station. By car, the farm is about 15 minutes from central Furano.

Farm Tomita - Lavender East

Lavender East is located about four kilometers or a 5-10 minute car ride east of Farm Tomita. The Twinkle Bus Biei "Lavender Course" sightseeing bus, which runs from Furano via Biei to Asahikawa (4.5 hours, 1000 yen, one bus daily from June 28 to August 31, 2014), makes a stop at Lavender East. Reservations for the Twinkle Bus are mandatory and can be made at JR railway stations across Hokkaido.

Flower Land Kamifurano

Flower Land Kamifurano is located three kilometers uphill, a five minute taxi ride or about a 50-60 minute walk from Kamifurano Station (20 minutes, 360 yen from Furano or Biei).

How to get to and around Furano

Hours and Fees
Farm Tomita
Hours:Always Open (shops typically open 8:30 to 17:30, shorter hours outside summer)
Closed:No closing days (some shops close from November to April)
Admission:Free

Farm Tomita - Lavender East
Hours:8:30 to 17:00
Closed:Late August to late June
Admission:Free (lavender bus: 200 yen)

Flower Park Kamifurano
Hours:9:00 to 18:00 (June to August)
9:00 to 17:00 (April, May, September, October and November)
9:00 to 16:00 (December, March)
Closed:late December through February
Admission:Free (except rides and activities)

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English Links
Farm Tomita
Official English website.

Japanese Links
Farm Tomita
Official website.
Flower Land Kamifurano
Official website.

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