If you are to visit Furano and Biei for their picturesque lavender and other flowers fields during summer season then you have got to familiar with them first. It is true that summer attracts millions of tourists in Furano and Biei. Do you know why? Or is it only because of the flower gardens? In fact, visitors to Hokkaido are informed when to visit it to enjoy the flowering season. And in order to enjoy it thoroughly one must arrive here during the peak season when tons of flowers are in full bloom. No one wants to expect to see only few of them; rather they eagerly wait for the prime time and experiencing flower beds on the rolling hills of these areas.
There are 10 most beautiful flower farms/gardens that make me fall in love with. These places are easy to access from the main Furano town or even from Asahikawa. I want you to stay in Furano until you finish exploring all these stunning flower farms. Beautiful flower fields, roads, hills, and mountainous ranges in the background create awesome looking landscapes which you must not miss from a lovely summer day in Hokkaido. If you don’t know which country or place to visit in this year summer then I recommend you to get to Furano and Biei as a result you would get a different holiday atmosphere which even would be your best holiday season you ever had before. Let’s go take a look at these sites.
1) Farm Tomita:
Farm Tomita certainly is a place of real scenic beauty in Hokkaido. This is an iconic flower farm which mostly represents the whole Furano city when it comes to talking about lavender garden. In the year of 1958, the cultivation of lavender had begun. Since then it has evolved dramatically and now it has become a natural treasure of Furano area. It consists of several beautiful flower fields, gardens, greenhouse, museum, shops, houses, restaurants and cafes. The best time to see lavender at this farm is in mid July. If you arrive here in early August then all the lavender will be harvested though still there are tons of seasonal flowers left to please you. The greenhouse offers you to see lavender all year round though I know this not for why you would be there, right? It is just awesome looking at the purple lavender fields; actually the farm at its best when tons of lavenders are in their full glory.
People say it is the top lavender garden to visit, honestly I agree with it. You will never ever forget the rainbow field view at Irodori Field including tons of lavender at the Traditional Lavender Garden. This is a massive flower farm where you should spend few hours roaming around the farm and enjoying your time eating fresh farm foods including lavender soft-serve ice cream and fruits. A wide ranges of seasonal flowers bloom from spring to late autumn at this flower farm.
Access: 7 minutes on foot from Lavender Batake Station
Address: 15 Kisenkita, Sorachi-gun, Nakafurano-cho 071-0704, Hokkaido
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 6:00pm in summer
Parking lot: Free
2) Kanno Farm:
Kanno farm is located along the national route 237 (Furano National Highway) in Kamifurano town. This is a lovely flower farm consists of flower gardens, and a souvenir shop to buy lavender themed goods, agricultural products, crafts and etc. There are many kinds of flowers you could see especially breathtaking lavender, poppies, marigold, blue sage, and blue/red salvia. The flower farm reaches to its utmost beauty between mid July to early August featuring impressive colorful flower beds of lavender, salvia, marigold, poppies and so on.
To look around the whole farm you need only 30 to 40 minutes. There is no admission fee to pay for visitors, it is totally free to access and there is no opening and closing hours as well. But the farm is only open for visitors from June to October. It is the time usually one can expect to see seasonal flowers at this flower farm. You can go up to top of the farm from where it is so great to observe the whole flower farm. Also don’t miss out the view of the Tokachi Mountain range from this farm.
Access: 15 minutes from the nearest JR Station (Bibaushi station), approximately 30 minutes from JR Furano station.
Address: Bibaushi Toge, Sorachi-gun, Kamifurano-cho, Hokkaido
Parking lot: Free
3) Shikisai no Oka:
Shikisai no Oka is the best top recommended flower farm in Biei area. It is seen to be the largest flower field in Biei which sparkles throughout its flowering season. Mind blowing display of the panoramic flower gardens of Shikisai no Oka is enough to make someone fall in love with Biei summer. The flower season starts here in April and ends in mid October. Throughout this period of time, a-7 hectare hill is covered with seasonal flowers such as lavender, tulips, salvia, dahlia, sunflower and many more.
You can rent a bicycle or golf/buggy cart to roam around the vast flower garden. Apart from this, there is another way to explore the farm. What’s that? It is nothing but a tractor tour bus! It would be so easy to obverse the whole garden area while sitting in a seat of the tractor bus. It is an enjoyable ride and more important a best way to explore the garden in a short period of time. You can read about this flower farm here, where I have explained everything else that a visitor needs to know prior to visiting this beautiful garden.
Access: 12 minutes car ride from JR Biei Station
Address: 3 Shinsei, Kamikawa-gun, Biei-cho 071-0473, Hokkaido
Business Hours: 8:30AM to 6:00PM
Admission: Free but 200 JPY is asked for donation to cover the cost of the maintaining the flower gardens
Parking lot: Free
4) Saika no Sato:
Saika no Sato or its English version name Saika farm is one of the best flower farms to see lavender in Hokkaido with the total area of 6 hectares, located in Nakafurano area. Three different kinds of flowers: lavender, sunflower and lupines dominate the grounds of this beautiful flower farm. The variety of flower gardens spread of the hills of this amazing flower field. Here, you can view an impressive looking sunflower garden in September. The best time to see flowers here are from June to early October.
Saika no Sato is seen to be another picturesque spot for viewing flower in Nakafurano area alongside Farm Tomita and Choei Lavender Farm. From here you can experience an unforgettable dreamy view of Mt. Tokachidake and Mt. Ashibetsudake. Every year, the farm cultivates large amount lavender commercially. In fact a wide range of unique lavender goods can be purchased from the souvenir shop located in this farm. You can pick lavender here if you want!
Access: A 15-20 minute walk and a-5 minute ride by car from JR Nakafurano Station
Address: 6-1 Okamachi, Sorachi-gun, Nakafurano-cho 071-0762, Hokkaido
Business Hours: 8:00 Am to 5:00 Pm
Parking lot: Free
5) Flower Land Kamifurano:
Firstly, I would like to inform you that never visit this flower farm in October. This could be just a little travel tip but certainly it is an important message for those who are thinking to have a trip during that time of the year. Cancel the trip right away and plan to get here from mid June to mid September. This is the best time to visit this beautiful flower farm. And if you only intend to view lavender here then I warmly welcome you to come here in mid July.
Typical summer flowers bloom at the right time assuring visitors that they are not disgusting. As the farm is located over the hill, it is really great to experience the distinct flower gardens. It is less crowded and you have plenty of things to do such as riding on the tractor bus, having Furano melons, crafts making, pillow making, and buying unique souvenirs.
Access: A-10 minute distance by car from JR Kamifurano Station
Address: Kita 27 Nishi 5, Sorachi-gun, Kamifurano-cho 071-0505, Hokkaido
Business Hours: 9:00 Am to 6:00 Pm
Parking lot: Free
6) Miyama Pass Lavender Garden:
There is an observatory for visitors to look over the lavender garden as well as the majestic Mt. Tokachidake range in the distance. If it is a sunny day then you may thing that you have hit the jackpot. Do you know why? Firstly, to enjoy viewing lavender garden a sunny day is recommended. And secondly, Tokachidake mountain range looks stunning as it can be viewed clearly.
Miyama pass is a road through the gentle hills along the National Highway Route 237. It is located on the town borders of Kamifurano and Biei. Many tourists like to drive their cars through this road which even gets awfully beautiful during the lavender season. Spectacular scenery with flowers of different kind carpeted the rolling hills. You are requested to be there in mid-July. You can head to Miyamatoge Art Park. It provides a Ferris wheel from where a lovely view of Kamifurano town can be observed. In addition, there is also Trick Art Museum, even though it is small but you must visit it.
Access: A-5 minute walk from Miyama Touge bus stop
Address: Nishi 9 sen Kita 34 Gou, Kamifurano-chou, Hokkaido
Business Hours: 9:00AM to 5:00PM
Parking lot: No
7) Hill of Zerubu & Hill of Atoms:
If you are in the mood for having a wonderful time in a flower garden then you should think of this one. Hill of Zerubo & Hill of Atoms is the second most popular flower farm in Biei area after the Iconic Shikisai-no-Oka. It has hardly been missed by the visitors of Biei.
Vividly colored flowers create spectacular views which can be enjoyed taking a stroll though the garden paths. Lavender is grown here abundantly along with roses, lilies, poppies and sunflowers. If you want to visit all the renowned flower farms of Furano and Biei from Asahikawa then this would be your first flower farm you should visit. It is not a famous like Farm Tomita but who cares! If you think yourself as a nature lover then I know you will fall in love with this one.
Access: A-10 minute ride by car from JR Biei Station
Address: Daisan, Biei-chou, Kamikawa-gun, Hokkaido
Business Hours: 8:30AM to 5:00PM from April through October
Parking lot: Free (Limited)
8) Choei Lavender Farm Nakafurano:
Those who think that flower farms of Biei are located far away from Furano area then there are few farms left for you to visit and one of them would be Choei Lavender Farm. Sometimes people also know this place as Nakafurano Flower Park but whatever it is called that’s should not be your major concern. Your concern should be how you should enjoy visiting it thoroughly.
There is a chair lift/ski life ride up and down the hill over the lavender and other rainbow flower fields. It is really impressive as there is nothing to be worried of falling to the ground. It is a safe journey! Your job is to bring the inner peace to your mind while looking over the multicolored flower carpet. If you are not in a hurry then why don’t you take a stroll through the garden paths? It will be an enjoying moment for you.
Access: A-15 minute walk from JR Nakafurano Station
Address: 1-41 Miyamachi, Sorachi-gun, Nakafurano-cho 071-0714, Hokkaido
Business Hours: 8:00AM to 5:00PM from June to Mid August
Parking lot: Free
9) Hinode Park Lavender Garden:
This flower farm is quite popular for celebrating wedding ceremony. Many couples with their family and friends gather here to celebrate the most important day of their life. Just to tell you that, there is a nice wedding bell from where views of flower fields and the rolling hills is very amusing. In fact, I have seen many actors and actress from Japan as well as around the world come here as this is one of the perfect filming spots in Hokkaido.
Here, lavender fields are at their best in July. One of the interesting facts you should take down is that, Kamifurano is the first place in Japan to see new season’s lavender bloom. And this lavender farm contributes no less than Flowerland Kamifurano. Instead of throwing a wedding ceremony somewhere in Japan, I believe one should consider this spot as the decoration is managed naturally with tons of flowers here.
Access: A-15 minute walk from JR Kami Furano Station
Address: Hinodekouen Higashi 1sen kita 27gou, Kamifurano-chou, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido
Business Hours: 24 Hours
Parking lot: Free
10) Lavender East:
Although Lavender East is a part of Farm Tomita, it is located 4 km east of Farm Tomita. It is amazing looking at the lavender fields at this farm. In order to produce perfume ingredients, rice paddy fields were converted to lavender fields. Obviously lavender is cultivated here as commercial purpose, no doubt about that. Though, a lot of tourists start visiting this beautiful lavender field in early July to mid July.
There is a lavender bus that operates its service for farm’s visitors during the lavender season. Admission to this lavender farm is free but when you take a ride on the lavender bus (carriage) you have got to pay 200 Yen. It is quite interesting and a relaxing ride which allows you to enjoy the surrounding nature of the farm including lavenders. You can head to souvenir shops where a wide range of lavender products can be purchased at an affordable price.
Access: A-7 minute car ride from Farm Tomita
Address: 16 Higashi 6 Kita, Sorachi-gun, Kamifurano-cho 071-0526, Hokkaido
Tel: +81 167-39-3939
Business Hours: 8:30AM to 05:00PM in July
Parking lot: Free
That’s it! These are 10 best and beautiful flower farms in Furano and Biei area which you can visit during the month of JULY! Prefer visiting these farms in mid July and make your dreams come true. You would never understand why they are known as the flowers of paradise until you take a trip to these flower farms separately. Thank you.
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