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Furano Lavender Fields at Farm Tomita – Hokkaido in July

August 2, 2017|Lena
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Furano, the Navel of Hokkaido (so called because of its location in the center of Hokkaido) is very popular with tourists from Japan and also other Asian countries in Summer. It is a perfect day trip from Hokkaido's biggest city Sapporo. Especially in July when the lavender fields are in full blossom it is the perfect time to visit Farm Tomita, the biggest lavender farm in Furano.

For some reason, the “western” tourists from Europe and America don’t seem to have found out about the delights of Furano yet.
We can count the western looking people we say in two days on one hand. There were about 3 of them.
On the other hand, the place was nearly overrun by Chinese and Korean tourists.
 
So, I would like to introduce to you Furano and give you an overview of what Furano has to offer.
 

We were traveling by plane from Tokyo Narita International Airport to Sapporo New Chitose Airport. Our LCC (low-cost carrier) was a relatively new Japanese one called Vanilla Air. I have written a review about the flight and if you are interested I welcome you to have a look. It only takes about 2 hours to get from Tokyo to Sapporo by plane, so it is the best option to each Hokkaido.

From Sapporo Airport we rented a car and drove to Furano. The ride took roughly 2 hours and was quite pleasant. 

Furano Lavender Fields at Farm Tomita

Lavender fields in furano
Furano is a popular ski resort in winter, but the main reason to visit in summer are the famous Furano lavender fields. Hokkaido lavender used to be cultivated for commercial reasons, but when cheaper imports from other countries made it impossible for the Hokkaido lavender to compete the farmers there had an idea.
 
Lavender not only smells good and has many uses, it is also beautiful to look at, and so the farmers of Furano made the transition to tourism. Successfully attracting huge crowds in the summer months when the lavender is in blossom.
Lavender fields in furano

The biggest and most famous farm is Farm Tomita with a wide area of lavender, but also other flower fields. So, it is not only beautiful in July when the Furano lavender is in blossom but also in the other summer months.

Farm Tomita additionally sells many products made from lavender like perfume and soap, but also lavender drinks like Ramune and lavender soft serve ice cream.

lavender soft serve ice cream in furano
The views are really an attraction in its own right and you can comfortably spend 2 to 3 hours just strolling through the flower fields and taking pictures while taking in the characteristic smell of these violet flowers.

Name: Farm Tomita

Opening hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Address: Kisen Kita 15-go, Nakafurano-cho, Sorachi-gun, Hokkaido

Google Maps

Japanese Furano Melons

Once you have seen enough flowers at the Furano flower fields at Farm Tomita it is time to turn to something else: Japanese melons.
Japanese Melons are the Rolce Royce of fruit. They are the most expensive fruit in the world, being sold for hundreds of dollars a peace in department stores. They are usually presents for honored guests, or eaten at weddings. Something only bought for special occasions.
 
One of the regions where this delicacy is grown is Hokkaido. While driving through the villages of Furano you get the impression everyone is growing melons, there are also a couple of other things planted like onions and corn, but mainly you see melons.
Melons in Furano
On every corner, there are small stands selling the melons and sometimes watermelons. Depending on the quality of the individual melon (size, the pattern of the skin, shape, ripeness) the price ranges from 15$ to around 50$.
 
On our second day, on our way back to Sapporo we bought one to eat at night in our Airbnb. And had another one delivered home to Tokyo.
The taste is so rich and sweet you won’t believe it. I was never a huge fan of melons until now, but I have realized that was because of the lacking quality and taste. Melons are delicious.
Melon softcream in Furano
If you want to try something else than just a naked melon, I recommend you visit a shop called “Santa no Hige” (Santa’s beard). They sell half a melon with a topping of melon and/or vanilla soft serve ice cream. In summer this is a refreshing treat and perfect for a little afternoon snack to cool yourself off. 
There is delicious soft serve ice cream all over Japan. We eat it everywhere we go. And you should, too.

Name: Popura Farm Santa no Hige (ポプラファーム サンタのヒゲ)

Opening hours: From April to October 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Address: Nihonbashi Ningyocho 2-15-17, Cuoku, Tokyo 103-0013

Google Maps

The Blue Pond

blue pond in hokkaido
When you are already in the area I highly recommend taking a little detour to the blue pond. It is a curiosity of nature.
The water has a milky blue quality from the magnesium dissolved in the water. Standing in the middle of the pond is a cluster of dead tree trunks sticking out of the surface like arrows, giving the whole thing a surreal atmosphere a little bit like in a fairytale, or a magical world.
The pond is easily accessible by car and has a huge parking lot. You can stroll along the whole pond on a little path and see it from different angles. 
The Google Maps information can be found here.
 

Where to Stay in Furano

We stayed in Furano for one night. The best place to do it is the Furano Prince Hotel. While getting on in years it is still one of the best options in Furano. The rooms are clean and the dinner consists of a big buffet with Hokkaido crabs and other delicacies. A Japanese breakfast is included. 

Name: Furano Prince Hotel

Address: 18-6 Kitanominecho, Furano-shi, Hokkaido 076-0016

Google Maps

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