If you are planning to visit Hokkaido during lavender season in summer and looking for suggested itinerary then you have come to the right place. Summer and winter seasons attract millions of Hokkaido travel enthusiasts who actually think themselves as adventurous and nature lovers. According to my experience, Hokkaido is different than rest of the parts of Japan. It is totally up to you that you can either agree with me or disagree with my opinion. After all, it is a diverse destination which offers you so many things to see and do. And when it comes to talking about summer then I better not to say it here but please visit this page. I am sorry for the request!

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Typical Furano’s landscape in Summer. Photo Credit: James.Kirk at Flickr.

Lately, potential Hokkaido visitors have been asking me to send a Hokkaido itinerary for this year’s summer vacation. They make me glad knowing that they are willing to visit Hokkaido, and that’s what I really want. Such a kind of request I can’t just let go. I take it seriously! Today, I will feature a special itinerary for visiting Hokkaido lavender. This is the itinerary that is made to give you some ideas on how you should make a travel plan to Hokkaido. Someone may thing this is not a complete one, Ok you may think so but I do my own job as part of responsibility. Please note that I will cover only the best recommended destinations which are great to visit during summer.

Special Hokkaido Lavender Tour Itinerary: 7 Days

Unkai Terrace – a place to see clouds. Photo Credit: Kou Jiayi at Flickr.

I suppose you would visit Hokkaido one big reason which is to see lavender there. If you have not got any idea where to start your journey from till the end then take a look at the following itinerary. You can customize it on your own. I generate these ideas just to help and give you a clear view of it. Apart from visiting flower farms in Furano and Biei areas I have included other top sightseeing spots such as in Asahikawa, Sapporo, Otaru, Lake Toya, Noboribetsu and Shiraoi.

Day 1 Chitose – Tomamu: Arrive at New Chitose Airport and stay a night at Tomamu resort. If you are not tried and still have got time then walk around the resort area.

Lavender field of Farm Tomita. Photo Credit: mike mike milkshakes at Flickr.

Day 2: In the next early morning visit Unkai Terrace (sea of clouds). Have your breakfast at the café located there. Then leave Tomamu for Furano. I would like you to stay the night in Nakafurano at Pension Raclette. It is because the hotel is located near the flower farms in Nakafurano. Try visiting Farm Tomita, Lavender East, Saika-no-Sato, and Choei Lavender Garden.

Shikisai no Oka looks impressive in Summer. Photo Credit: key bass at Flickr.

Day 3: Get ready to explore rest of the flower farms. If you fail to visit Farm Tomita on Day 2 then start your trip visiting it on day 3. Then head towards the best flower farms in Kamifurano area such as Flower Land Kamifurano, and Hinode Park Lavender Garden. Your next destination would be Biei where you have to visit its most popular flower farm Shikisai no Oka, Kanno Farm including Zerubu hill. You can visit all these flower gardens before 5:00 PM. It is time to leave for Asahikawa from Biei, stay overnight there and have some rest. You can extent a day here if you wish just to travel all around the main Furano town which will give you much time to spend few extra minutes at the major flower farms.

A red panda at Asahiyama Zoo. Photo Credit: MIKI Yoshihito at Flickr.

Day 4: Visit Asahiyama Zoo and Asahikawa Ramen Village. No one leaves Asahikawa without visiting its Ramen Village, while Asahiyama Zoo is seen to be the best and largest Zoo of Japan. Enjoy an enjoyable ride from Asahikawa to Sapporo through a direct train ride. Stay overnight in Sapporo. It would be best if you book your room one of the hotels located nearby JR Sapporo Station.

Sapporo TV Tower – A Popular Tourist Destination in Sapporo City. Photo Credit: Masahito Oku at Flickr.

Day 5: As Sapporo is the capital city of Hokkaido, you have got a lot of things to do and see. Visit these places: Odori Park, Sapporo Beer Museum, Sapporo TV Tower, Mount Mowa Ropeway, Moerenuma Park, Sapporo Factory, Nijo Market and so on. In Sapporo, there are plenty of places to eat and drink around here. Hopefully you will be able to taste the most popular dishes of Hokkaido in various restaurants located downtown Sapporo.

You can walk along this path, Otaru Canal. Photo Credit: Ying Dai at Flickr.

Day 6: Again stay the night in Sapporo. You have to stay two nights there because after visiting all those sites you would definitely get tired. The next morning, I want you to catch the train to Otaru. Visit the famous Otaru canal, and Sakaimach Street. I am sure you find out the other attractions near the canal. Leave Otaru right away for Lake Toya. You can reserve a room at Petit Hotel Koizumi and stay the night there comfortably.

Beautiful landscape of Lake Toya. Photo Credit: chaffjammer at Flickr.

Day 7: Visit Lake Toya and its nearby tourist attractions. Your next destination would be Jigokudani in Noboribetsu. Then you head to a famous museum called Shiraoi Ainu Museum (Porotokotan) in Shiraoi town, it was designated as a UNESCO intangible cultural heritage. You can get to Shiraoi from Noboribetsu by local train. It is about a-25 minute train ride. Your tour ends here. Don’t worry that New Chitose Airport is not far away from Shiraoi town.

A big statue of Kotankorkur – Ainu Chief Statue at Shiraoi Ainu Museum. Photo Credit: m.gin at Flickr.

The success of this itinerary depends on various factors such as your budget, time, and number of people you are going to visit with. Actually this is the way you plan your trip in which you give much priority to certain places to spend more times. Accommodation and transport facility in Hokkaido is great. Though, travel experts say when visiting flower farms in Furano and Biei areas visitors can enjoy them renting a car and driving it through the designated routes along the flower farms. It gives you much freedom and pleasure.

If you are a family of 4 or 5 members then I guess renting a car would be just great. It is always suggested to buy a Japan Rail Pass whenever you visit it. Therefore, buy it before you arrive in Hokkaido. I hope before you make any trip to any certain places around Hokkaido, make sure you get some ideas how to access to them quite easily and affordably. Hey WAIT! Before you visit Hokkaido, Japan make sure you have this highly recommended Japan travel guidebook with you. I hope it makes your trip simple & unforgettable in different many ways. Thank you very much.

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