Hills and Flowers Create Beautiful Scenery, Just Hokkaido -Furano and Biei-
July 15th, 2014
Neighborhood of Biei and Furano
Furano (富良野) and Biei (美瑛) are located in the center of Hokkaido. Those are one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hokkaido now. 2 million tourists visit to see lavenders and shooting places of "From the north country (北の国から)" that is famous for a movie and a drama in Furano and to see a scenery of hills in Biei. Blue Pond (青い池) in Shirogane (白金) Area has been became famous recently, it adds to this local charms more and more as the sightseeing spots.
Roads are crowded very much on the holiday in a summer when the visit of tourists peaks. Visitors may be worried about a restroom, and it will take a long time to go next destination. I recommend that the torists plan their trips to go around sightseeing spots with time to spare. In order to avoid some traffic jams, the visitors have a way to enjoy a train service. Passengers seem to enjoy nature relaxedly along a track for about 1 hour by the train called Norokko-go (ノロッコ号) that make a round trip from Asahikawa Station or Biei Station to Furano Station. The train slows down at 30 km per an hour in good scenery places. It is good to give time to enjoy the scenery. * It is the train for exclusive use of the time-limited sightseeing from June to October.
I introduce about lavender on the first page and introduce about Biei on the second page. I introduce about Shirogane area, From the North Country, Foods and Onsen on the third page.
Speaking of Furano, What will you remember ? I can not help remember purple color of lavender. Furano is located at 43 degree N as well as South Province that it is said to be the home of the lavender, too. Because climate of the South Province was similar to Furano area, the lavender was began to cultivate. The lavender is in full bloom from mid July to early August. During the short period, many tourists come to here from Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong, etc. The Furano area have became an international sightseeing spot.
By the way, tourists called the lavender in Furano, but Furano city has few lavender fields. Because famous sightseeing spots are located in Kamifurano town (上富良野) or Nakafurano town (中富良野), please be careful not to make any mistake.
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Farm Tomita (ファーム富田) is very famous lavender garden in Nakafurano town. 1 million tourists visit here every year. It is no exaggeration to say that the lavenders of Furano means the lavender of the Farm Tomita. In old days, farm-owners in Furano area gave up cultivations of the lavender, and it was in a critical situation that the lavender field might become extinct. But Mr. Tomita has been cultivating the lavender, and it became finally the largest sightseeing spot in the Furano area. He is said to be legendary farm-owner. Article is here
Atmosphere of Farm Tomita Can Be Watched on Youtube
Hinode Park Lavender Garden
Hinode Park Lavender Garden (日の出公園ラベンダー園) is a park in Kamifurano town, and lavender are planted on a hillside. Tourists can walk and look along a walk path. It takes about 30 minutes to look aroud a site on foot. There is "The bell of love (愛の鐘)" at the halfway up the hill, and a wedding ceremony is held, too. A snow-white wedding dress on purple background is very impressive scenery. It seems to make a lifelong memory. Article is here
Atmosphere of Hinode Park Lavender Garden Can Be Watched on Youtube
Kanno Farm (かんのファーム) is a sightseeing farm along Japanese national route 237 in Kamifurano town. Tens kinds of flowers such as Lavender, Haze Grass, Poppy, Blue Sage are planted at a flower garden, and tourists can enjoy flowers from June to September. A scenery of blue sky and vivid flowers are impressive. The tourists can look around the flower garden for about 30 minutes because it is not so large. There is a souvenir shop, a parking lot and a restroom in the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Atmosphere of Kanno Farm Can Be Watched on Youtube
Flower Land Kamifurano
Flower Land Kamifurano (フラワーランドかみふらの) is a sightseeing farm in Kamifurano town. Flower garden of about 15 ha spreads over a hill, and tourists can look over a scenery on the hilltop. German Iris which are in full bloom in June is chief feature. Thereafter, the flowers such as Poppy, Impatiens, Lavender, Lilium Elegans, Cosmos bloom until September. There are restraunts, a souvenir shop, a parking lot and a restroom in the site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Atmosphere of Flower Land Kamifurano Can Be Watched on Youtube
Miyama Pass Lavender Garden
Miyama Pass Lavender Garden (深山峠ラベンダーオーナー園) is an owner system lavender field on the top of Miyama Pass. They recruit owners that are paid JPY 10,000 a year for keeping the lavender field. If people become the owners, there seem to be various privilege such as people's name posted at the field and getting presents. Miyama Pass Observatory (深山峠展望台) is built, too, and tourists can look over Tokachidake Mountain Range (十勝岳連峰) and Daisetsuzan Mountain Range (大雪山) from a viewing platform. The lavenders are in full bloom in July. Admission free. There is a tourist information center at the observatory, too. There is not a parking lot in the site, and the tourists can park their cars at rest station "The memory of Furano (想い出のふらの)" and Trick Art Museum (深山峠アートパーク). Article is here
Atmosphere of Miyama Pass Lavender Garden Can Be Watched on Youtube
Saika-no-Sato Sasaki Farm (彩香の里 佐々木ファーム) is a sightseeing farm in Nakafurano town. Colorful flowers such as Lavender and Sage are in full bloom in a flower field of 6 ha. An observatory is established on a hilltop, and tourists can look over the colorful flower field. In addition, the tourists can experience a pay crop of the lavender, too. It is a feature elsewhere. There are a souvenir shop, a parking lot and a restroom in a site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Atmosphere of Saika-no-Sato Can Be Watched on Youtube
Hokuseiyama Lavender Garden
Hokuseiyama Lavender Garden (北星山ラベンダー園) is a ski resort located in Nakafurano town. Flowers are planted on the slope of the ski resort in a summer, and tourists can go up a mountain by ski lifts. It is a rare tourist attraction to look over the flowers at distance of 333 m in total length from the foot of the mountain to the mountaintop. The tourists can enjoy the lavender in the bird's eye. In addition, a night view is carried out on the weekend in July, too, and the flower garden is lit up. There are a ski hut, a souvenir shop, a parking lot and a restroom in a site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Atmosphere of Hokuseiyama Lavender Garden Can Be Watched on Youtube
This is not a lavender field, Senbo Pass Parking Park (千望岬駐車公園) is a little-known view spot that is away from a national route a little. Tourists can enjoy Furano Basin (富良野盆地) and Tokachidake Mountain Range from this viewpoint. In addition, it is the most suitable place that the tourists look at a night view with wide view. There are a parking lot and a restroom in a site. Admission free. The parking lot is free of charge. Article is here
Atmosphere of Senbo Pass Can Be Watched on Youtube
Refer to following websites for the accommodations around Furano.
The next page introduces about Biei.