Furano is just below the town of Biei in Hokkaido and is famous for beautiful flower farms. One of the most popular farms in Furano is Tomita farm.
Although you can visit this area most of the year, July is the best month to see the lavender. The farm is sectioned off in four different areas and each holds an amazing site of flowers.
As you get close to the farm you will be overpowered by the scent of lavender. Even if you aren’t a fan, after about 10 minutes, you will get used to it and won’t smell it anymore.
Tip: Bring allergy medicine with you if you have a sensitive nose.
Tip: This town is not for those who have issues with bees and insects.
When you first get to the farm, to the right you will see a large hill with rows upon rows of lavender. Here you can walk on the side and through the rows if you wish. If you climb to the top, you are awarded with a fantastic valley view with most of the farm in site.
Tip: This the only area where you can walk between the rows.
If you had traveled to the left, you would see a restaurant and the opening to the main part of the farm.
Though Tomita is famous for lavender, they also farm several different kinds of flowers. Thankfully, most flowers signs are written in English and Japanese for your convenience.
At the very center of the farm there are gift shops, restaurants and a museum to walk through. Prices vary but most are reasonable.
This area is a little hidden but if you follow the map that you can get at the gift shop, you should find it just fine. This area is called the Irodori field and shows an impressive rainbow of flowers.
How to get there
If you go at peek season, there is a specail train that will take you to the back of Tomita farm. This is defintely not for the claustrophobic. The train is small (only two cars) and can get uncomfortably crowded. Buble room aside, this is the best and cheapest way to get to Tomita.
Taking a taxi to Tomita is expensive but you also don’t have to wait for trains. The challenge is not so much getting there, but getting back. You can always call for a taxi but basic Japanese will be needed. The other option is waiting at the front where you were dropped off and hope to catch one as a new group arrives.
As crazy as it sounds, if you are traveling in July, it’s best to park the car near the station and take one of the above options. Unfortunately for those who drive to Tomita farm, they will probably spend more time in the car waiting for a parking spot than at the farm. Although the staff are extremely efficient about getting you a parking spot, the problem is waiting for people to come back to their car.
Lavender ice cream
Hokkaido is famous for having unique and regional ice cream flavors. Furano is no exception and offers those willing to try, a lavender flavor. There are many mixed reviews with this ice cream. Some die hard lavender fans can’t stomach the stuff, while others go back for seconds enjoying the herbal taste. The flavor is unmistakingly a sweet lavender. It’s cheap and worth the memory if you’re willing to be a little adventurous (While it wasn’t my favorite, definitely edible).
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For more info: Farm Tomita official website.