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Lavender has been cultivated in Hokkaido since the 1940s. When the arrival of lower priced, imported lavender led to a decrease in demand for Hokkaido's lavender in the 60s 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 also outside of the lavender season. The viewing season 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.

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.

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 on selected days during summer and stops at the temporarily constructed Lavender-Batake Station, a five minute walk from Farm Tomita.

Getting there and around

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. Alternatively, there are some sightseeing buses that visit some of the sights during the summer months.

Farm Tomita

On selected days during summer, the Furano-Biei Norokko trains stop at the seasonally constructed "Lavender-Batake Station" (20 minutes, 300 yen from Furano or 35 minutes, 540 yen from Biei), from where the farm can be reached in a 5-10 minute walk. Farm Tomita is also served by some sightseeing buses from Furano and Asahikawa.

Outside of summer, access by public transportation in non-existent.

Farm Tomita - Lavender East

Lavender East is located about four kilometers east of Farm Tomita, about an hour's walk or a 5-10 minute car ride away. Access by public transportation is not provided.

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, 440 yen from Furano or Biei).

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Farm Tomita

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Farm Tomita - Lavender East (open only in July)

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Flower Land Kamifurano

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    • Hotel Hanafuji Inn
      Budget-friendly
      Situated in Furano, 11 km from Windy Garden, Hotel Hanafuji Inn features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a terrace. This 2-star hotel offers ski storage space, luggage storage space and free WiFi. The hotel has family rooms. At the hotel, the rooms include a desk, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom. Hotel Hanafuji Inn provides some rooms with mountain views, and the rooms come with a kettle. All rooms at the accommodation have air conditioning and a wardrobe. An American breakfast is available each morning at Hotel Hanafuji Inn. The area is popular for skiing, and car hire is available at the hotel. Furano City Office is 8 km from Hotel Hanafuji Inn, while Prince Snow Resort Furano is 10 km from the property. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 36 km from the accommodation.
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    • Pension Lavender
      Budget-friendly
      A 10-minute taxi ride from JR Furano Train Station, the completely non-smoking Pension Lavender offers a homely lounge with a wood-burning stove and a large flat-screen TV. The heated rooms have free Wi-Fi. The simply furnished, Western-style rooms at Lavender Pension have a lamp and a nightstand. Matching floral patterns decorate the beds and curtains. Some rooms have a private bathroom. The pension is 4 km from Furano Ski Resort and a 25-minute drive from Farm Tomita. Asahigaoka Park is 1.7 km away. On-site parking is free. Free tea and instant coffee are provided at the lounge, and the terrace offers mountain views. You can enjoy a DVD or use the free Wi-Fi, and slippers are provided. Luggage storage and safe deposit are available at the front desk. A Western breakfast set is served at the dining room, which has tall windows and potted plants.
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    • Winery Hotel and Condominium HITOHANA
      Mid-range
      Located in Furano, 2.8 km from Windy Garden, Winery Hotel and Condominium HITOHANA provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking and a shared lounge. 2 km from Furano City Office and 1.2 km from Prince Snow Resort Furano, the hotel features ski storage space. The accommodation offers a 24-hour front desk and free WiFi throughout the property. The hotel will provide guests with air-conditioned rooms with a wardrobe, a kettle, a fridge, a safety deposit box, a flat-screen TV and a private bathroom with a bidet. Each room includes a shared bathroom equipped with a shower and slippers, while selected rooms are fitted with a kitchen fitted with a microwave. At Winery Hotel and Condominium HITOHANA every room is equipped with bed linen and towels. A buffet breakfast is available daily at the accommodation. Guests at Winery Hotel and Condominium HITOHANA will be able to enjoy activities in and around Furano, like skiing. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 45 km from the hotel.
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    • Hotel Munin Furano
      Mid-range
      Situated in Furano, 2.4 km from Windy Garden, Hotel Munin Furano features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and a garden. Boasting family rooms, this property also provides guests with a terrace. The hotel has ski storage space. All rooms in the hotel are fitted with a flat-screen TV. The rooms at Hotel Munin Furano have air conditioning and a desk. Guests at the accommodation can enjoy a buffet or a ? la carte breakfast. Guests at Hotel Munin Furano will be able to enjoy activities in and around Furano, like skiing. Furano City Office is 1.9 km from the hotel, while Prince Snow Resort Furano is 1.1 km from the property. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 45 km from Hotel Munin Furano.
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    • La Vista Furano Hills Natural Hot Spring
      Luxury
      Situated in Furano, 4.4 km from Windy Garden, La Vista Furano Hills Natural Hot Spring features accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking and a shared lounge. This 4-star hotel offers a concierge service and luggage storage space. The property has a hot spring bath, free WiFi throughout the property and a 24-hour front desk. A buffet breakfast is available each morning at the hotel. La Vista Furano Hills Natural Hot Spring offers 4-star accommodation with a sauna. Furano City Office is 1.3 km from the accommodation, while Prince Snow Resort Furano is 5 km from the property. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 43 km from La Vista Furano Hills Natural Hot Spring.
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    • CHALET BURLAP FURANUI
      Mid-range
      Located in Furano, 2.6 km from Windy Garden, CHALET BURLAP FURANUI provides accommodation with a restaurant, free private parking, a shared lounge and ski-to-door access. This 3-star hotel offers a ski pass sales point and luggage storage space. The accommodation features a hot spring bath, free WiFi throughout the property and family rooms. Every room comes with a kettle and a private bathroom with a bidet and slippers, while some rooms here will provide you with a kitchen equipped with a dishwasher. At the hotel all rooms have bed linen and towels. Guests at CHALET BURLAP FURANUI can enjoy a ? la carte breakfast. Guests at the accommodation will be able to enjoy activities in and around Furano, like skiing. Furano City Office is 2 km from CHALET BURLAP FURANUI, while Prince Snow Resort Furano is less than 1 km away. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 45 km from the hotel.
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    • Hostel Tomar
      Mid-range
      Hostel Tomar is set in Furano, the hostel is 300 metres from Furano Station is 300 metres. Guests at the hostel will be able to enjoy activities in and around Furano, like skiing. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 36 km from the property.
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    • Hotel Naturwald Furano
      Mid-range
      The children-friendly hotel, Hotel Naturwald Furano offers a play area for kids and accommodations with free Wi-Fi and mountain or city views. Guests can enjoy the public baths and request for relaxing massages. Furano Ski Resort Kitanomine Zone is only a 5-minute walk away and JR Furano Train Station is a 10-minute drive away. The air-conditioned rooms feature a flat-screen TV, a fridge and an electric kettle with green tea bags. The en suite bathroom comes with a hairdryer and slippers. Guests can rent ski/snowboard equipments and ski storage is available at the property. Local products can be purchased at the souvenir shop and a coin-launderette is on-site as well. Strollers can be borrowed and a laptop can be rented at the front desk. Baby diapers are also available. For dinner and breakfast a Japanese/Western-style set menu or buffet is served, depending on the day. Furano Naturwald Hotel is a 15-minute drive from Furano Cheese Factory and Furano Winery. Farm Tomita is a 20-minute drive away.
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    • Ryokan Sansui
      Budget-friendly
      Featuring free bikes and a garden, Ryokan Sansui is located in Furano, 3.1 km from Prince Snow Resort Furano. Located around 4.1 km from Windy Garden, the ryokan is also 6 km away from Furano Ski Resort. Furano City Office is 300 metres away. The rooms in the ryokan are fitted with a flat-screen TV. With a shared bathroom, rooms at Ryokan Sansui also offer free WiFi, while selected rooms also offer a garden view. All guest rooms will provide guests with a microwave. Guests can make use of the hot tub. The nearest airport is Asahikawa Airport, 44 km from the property.
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    • Furano Natulux Hotel
      Luxury
      Featuring a restaurant and hot public baths, the modern Furano Natulux Hotel is only a 1-minute walk from Furano Train Station. Rooms include both free Wi-Fi and wired internet, and a glass-wall bathroom. The property has received the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame 2011-2015 Award. Clean lines and high-contrast colours define the rooms at Hotel Furano Natulux. Each has a satellite flat-screen TV and a tea maker, with a feather duvet for added comfort. The womenfs bath includes a hot-stone spa (ganban-yoku), while the menfs have a sauna. Aroma treatment massages are available for female guests, and a simple massage can be requested for male guests. Asahigaoka Park and Torinuma Park are a 15-minute drive from the hotel. The lavender farms are a 15-minute drive away. Furano Ski Resort Kitanomine Zone is a 10-minute bus ride away. Natural Dining Restaurant offers a daily continental breakfast, as well as Japanese and Western breakfasts.
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