Just 10km north of Furano, Nakafurano (中富良野町) 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.
(ファーム富田) 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.
During the flower season, 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. Otherwise, it is a 20-minute walk north of JR Nakafurano Station.
More info www.farm-tomita.co.jp
Nakafurano Town’s Lavender Garden
(中富良野町営ラベンダー園) 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.
(彩香の里) 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.
More info ssvr7.jp/saikanosato
Nakafurano Station (unstaffed) is 70 minutes south of Asahikawa via Biei (30min) and 10 minutes north of Furano on the JR Furano Line.