Farm Tomita is one of the most famous lavender farms in Hokkaido. Known for its vast lavender and flower fields, it’s a major draw in summer. Truth be told, I’ve almost taken out Farm Tomita from my itinerary, thinking that it was too early for lavender in June. Thankfully, I found out that there’s a live camera on Farm Tomita’s website where visitors can see the latest flower situation in the farm. 😃
Lavenders have started blooming in mid-June although they have not reached their peak (usually in mid-July). It was such a beautiful day, full of flowers 🌺🌹🌷 everywhere. The temperature was still below 20°C – cold and windy but it felt super nice as if we were walking under a giant aircon! I wish I can bring this weather back to Singapore LOL.
Hokkaido Summer Free and Easy Vacation (Series of Posts)
Farm Tomita, New Furano Prince Hotel, Ningle Terrace, Shikisai-no-oka – Day 8 ⬅ You are here!
As we were not driving, we booked a day tour on Klook – New Furano Prince Hotel, Farm Tomita & Shikisaino-Oka Day Tour from Sapporo. The tour operator is Chuo Bus, one of the most popular sightseeing tour companies in Sapporo. The redemption office is at ESTA Building (near Sapporo Station, easy to find). There are many tours departing between 8-9am, hence the queue can be quite long. If you’re booking this tour, I’d advise you to arrive at least 20 mins before the departure time.
Once we checked-in at the counter, tickets with seat number were given to us. We followed their staff to go down the bus terminal to board our bus. Just as I’ve expected, the bus was clean and new. The Japanese tour guide was dressed in uniform (so professional!) and greeted us with a friendly smile. That’s what I love about Japan – their service level is always impeccable! 👍
This tour would be perfect if it has a multilingual audio system, but it didn’t. Along the journey, the tour guide constantly introduced the places where we passed by. It was a shame that most people couldn’t understand her as she spoke in Japanese only. What a waste on her efforts! Even though I couldn’t understand, I could really feel her full-service enthusiasm.
Overall, the tour was easy to follow, organized and timely per its itinerary. The tour guide carried a small white board and she wrote down the departure time whenever we reached an attraction point, so we knew what time to get back on the bus.
The bus departed Sapporo Station Bus Terminal at 9:00am. The journey to Furano took ~2 hours, but not to worry, there’s a toilet break in-between. We reached our first destination – Campana Rokkatei – at 11:20am. This place is located in a vineyard where visitors can try various delicious desserts and soft serve ice-cream while enjoying the beautiful vineyard view.
As you may be aware, Rokkatei is famous for its desserts. It also operates a cafe in Furano. You can enjoy unlimited free coffee here!
Next, we headed to New Furano Prince Hotel for lunch. It was buffet-style and the food variety were great. We were given 1h 45min for lunch and free time to explore the facilities within the hotel – Furano Drama Museum, Ningle Terrace, Mori no Tokei and Kaze no Garden.
Ningle Terrace is perhaps the most popular among all. It’s a shopping area nestled within the forest where all the shops are in the form of wood cabins that will be lighted up after sunset. I’ve seen pictures of Ningle Terrace covered in snow during winter; it is crazy beautiful. In summer, it gives a totally different vibe. Surrounded by tall pine trees, it looks like a magical gnome village! 😍
The shops here sell crafts that are in harmony with the forests of Furano. Each shop displays and sells unique crafts made from wood or leather that make wonderful souvenirs. The Ningle Terrace is the best viewed after sunset when its numerous fairy lights glow against the dark.
At about 2pm, we departed to Farm Tomita. Spanning the size of ~20 hectares with many different flower fields, the farm is made up of over 100 types of flowers including lavender, poppy, sage and more! Apart from lavender fields, it also contains multiple facilities including cafes, shops, a lavender museum and a small factory showing the lavender essential oils production process.
The farm was already full of visitors when we arrived. The first field that we saw was the “traditional lavender field” – which is a slope completely covered in lavender. Since it was not full bloom yet, we didn’t get to see a lot of “purple”.
The beautiful flower field stretching out on the hill is Farm Tomita’s representative flower field called “colour scheme field”. We could see the flowers but in general, the farm was still quite bare at this time. Best to visit in late July.
At Farm Tomita, the absolutely must-eat is their lavender soft serve ice-cream. It’s definitely the BEST among all other soft serve ice-creams we had in Hokkaido. There are two cafes in the farm where you can enjoy a lot of high-quality food made from Furano vegetables.
I’d recommend at least 2 hours here if you’re driving. But since we were on a tour, time was limited to just one hour.
Our next destination was Shikisai-no-oka, which means ”the little hill with colours of 4 seasons”. As its name suggests, you can expect to see many colourful flowers in this farm. Known locally as the Flower Paradise, it is most famous for its beautiful panoramic flower garden.
One of the must-try here is the tractor bus that takes a slow run through the vast park filled with rich fragrance of flowers and spectacular views of the hills as well as flower garden. The ride took 15 mins and stopped once during the ride for photo-taking. Visitors don’t need to walk around the huge farm on foot, but if you prefer to walk, you can always take a leisurely stroll around.
Here, you can enjoy ~30 kinds of seasonal flowers such as tulips in spring, lavenders in summer, cosmos in autumn. Summer is the best season to visit as you see colourful flowers that cover the entire hill in rainbow colours. If you’d like to self-drive in the park, you can also rent a buggy or cart. There’s also an Alpaca Farm here where you can feed cute alpacas.
After this, we made our way back to Sapporo. Along the way, we passed by Patchwork Road in Biei, Ken & Merry Tree as well as Seven Star Tree (view from the bus only).
If you’re self-driving, I’d recommend that you spend 2 to 3 days in this region (Furano and Biei). Similar to elsewhere in Hokkaido, all the sightseeing spots are scattered in a wide area. A rental car will come in handy to see the best that Furano has to offer. 😍
If you’re not driving and prefer a relaxing trip (like us), a day tour from Sapporo is very doable too. I’d highly recommend this tour to you. You can book this tour from Klook or directly from Chuo Bus website. All in all, it was an enjoyable trip with plenty of places to visit, delicious buffet lunch and a comfortable journey. 😊