Farm Tomita, located in the heart of Hokkaido in Nakafurano, Hokkaido, Japan, is home to Hokkaido’s lavender fields. Farm Tomita is one of Hokkaido’s largest tourist attraction site that brings in over 1 million people annually from all over Japan and the world.
How to Get to Farm Tomita
If you’re flying in to Hokkaido and driving to Farm Tomita; it is about 45 minutes drive from Asahikawa Airport on the National Highway and 2.5 hours from the New Chitose Airport on the Doto Expressway (exit at the Shimkappu IC). Then, if you’re driving from Sapporo city, it is about 2.5 hours drive on the Doo Expressway (exit at the Mikasa IC).
By train, the nearest stations are the Lavender Farm Station and Nakafurano Station. Lavender Farm Station on the JR Furano Line is a 7 minutes walk to Farm Tomita. Nakafurano Station on the JR Furano Line is about a 25 minutes walk or 5 minutes by taxi to Farm Tomita.
“Nakafurano” is the closest bus stop; it is served by Furano Bus.
Lavender blooms from late June to early August. During this time the flowers in the garden will be in bloom and a colorful sight can be experienced.
The peak period for lavender fields in Hokkaido is mid to late July. Don’t miss this period if you plan to view the sight of a hill covered in a purple carpet.
Here’s a throwback to Farm Tomita in the autumn in October 2019.
Farm Tomita is about 20 hectares with 12 flower fields.
There is the “traditional lavender field”, which is a slope completely covered in lavender. Besides lavender, there is a field with multicoloured flowers and the flowers grow in a slight curve.
At the entrance of the farm is the Hanabito Field. From early summer to autumn, red and yellow flowers such as marigold and silver cock’s comb start to fill the fields.
The different fields are: Hanabito Field, Sakiwai Field, Autumn Field, Spring Field, Traditional Lavender Field, Lavandin Field, Lavender Forest Field, White Birch Forest, Hilltop Field, Forest Field, Irodori Field, and Mother’s Garden.
There are also different houses near and around the various fields: Hanabito House, Dried Flower House, Sakiwai House, Sakiwai Trail Petit Shop, Distillery Workshop, Perfume Workshop, Proche House, Potpourri House, Arbre House, Gallery Fleur, Poppy House, Forest House, Flower House, and Rapport House.
Marie, the gift shop on the ground floor, offers gifts produced by Farm Tomita. Café René, next to Hanabito House, is open in summer. René, on the ground floor of the house, operates in autumn. Petit René, attached to Café René, operates between the Golden Week holidays and autumn, offering soft-serve ice cream and drinks.
Tadao Tomita Museum, on the upper floor, introduces the history of Farm Tomita’s founder. On the same floor are the scent testing room where you can compare the fragrances of different types of lavenders, and displays of distillation apparatuses.
The house boasts one of the largest display areas of dried flower arrangements in Japan.
Lavender Ice Cream
At Farm Tomita, try the lavender ice cream, made out of Furano’s local vegetables. The sweets, made of natural lavender extract have a wonderful fresh scent. Have a taste of it while exploring.
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