Just 10km north of Furano, Nakafurano is a dream destination for flower lovers and one of Hokkaido’s top summer travel destinations. In July the scenic hillside gardens are covered with lavender. The big attraction here is Farm Tomita. Nakafurano’s lavender gardens can be easily explored on foot from the train stations.
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Sleeping in Nakafurano
There are plenty of pensions around the town, such as Nishinaka and Shikauchi station areas. High season is in July and August. Book well in advance during these months. Contact to the owners hanging out at the train station if you don’t use a car.
PLAN YOUR OWN TOUR
Nakafurano Lavender Gardens
LINK THIS TOUR: Train Trip Asahikawa to Furano
START: Nakafurano Station
FINISH: Farm Tomita
DURATION: 3.5 hours
BEST TIME: Late June to late July for lavender / August and September for other colorful flowers
JR Nakafurano Station (unstaffed) is 70 minutes south of Asahikawa via Biei (30min) and 10 minutes north of Furano. The seasonal Norokko train also stops here. JR Nakafurano Station Tourist Information (9am-5pm Jun-Aug / Wi-Fi / nakafukanko.com) has several brochures and lavender garden maps.
NEXT: Cross the pedestrian Hanabito-bashi (花人橋) bridge from the train station and turn left at Kosho-ji (弘照寺) temple, then 400m walk on a narrow slope (there is a signboard) on a hill near Shoun-ji (祥雲寺) temple.
彩香の里 / W1N12 Nakafurano-cho / 8am-5pm Jun-Sep / FREE / ssvr7.jp/saikanosato
Uphill behind JR Nakafurano Station is this fragrant flower garden, known for its lavender fields (bloom around late July) and stupendous views over the Furano Basin.
NEXT: Head 1km north on the leafy road, then turn right and walk 300m to the top of Hokusei-yama lavender garden.
Nakafurano Town’s Lavender Garden (Hokusei-yama)
中富良野町営ラベンダー園 / 1-41 Miya-machi, Nakafurano-cho / 24hrs / FREE / Wi-Fi
The town-managed hillside lavender garden is halfway between JR Nakafurano Station and Farm Tomita. For a scenic overviews of town and mountains, take a chairlift (9am-6pm mid Jun-late Aug / return ¥300) or hike to the top of Hokusei-yama (北星山). In winter there is a ski center.
NEXT: Walk downhill the lavender garden and a 10-minute walk northeast to Farm Tomita.
FINISH: FLOWER GARDEN
ファーム富田 / 15 Kisen-kita, Nakafurano-cho / Dawn-dusk in summer, 10am-4.30pm in winter / FREE / www.farm-tomita.co.jp
Hokkaido’s most famous flower garden, Farm Tomita is the birthplace of lavender tourism in Furano Region. They started the cultivation of lavender in 1958 and today this farm has a variety of flower gardens not only lavender but also seasonal colorful flowers.
The Hanabito House (花人の家) and its Dried Flower House (ドライフラワーの家) sells essential oil, potpourri, soap and dried flowers. There are several cafes serving lavender-infused soft-serve ice creams.
CONTINUE: During the flower season (around June to September), the Furano-Biei Norokko Train (ふらの・びえいノロッコ号) stops at Lavender Farm Station (ラベンダー畑駅) on the JR Furano Line, about 500m northeast of Farm Tomita. Outside the lavender season, head back to JR Nakafurano Station for 1.7km.