Early Summer is the Peak! Top 4 Spots to Enjoy the Scenery and Food in Furano, Hokkaido
Out of all the sightseeing spots in Hokkaido, Furano area boasts of always being one of the top destinations for travelers. It is a popular tourist zone that guests can enjoy all year round, but nobody can deny that the views during the season of flowers in early summer are simply spectacular here! It is also conveniently located with easy access to Asahikawa Airport, so visitors from the Tokyo metropolitan area can come at anytime. Here are four the carefully selected spots in the Furano area that every visitor has to check out.
This farm is a must-see spot in Furano if you will be kicking off your tour from Asahikawa. You can explore its gardens that have been created using plants that grow in Hokkaido’s climate, taking into account such factors as the blooming season in the Hokkaido region and the vivid colors of the flowers. Shown in the picture is the Gnome Garden, a Hokkaido-style naturalistic garden that showcases more than 300 kinds of plants. Meanwhile, the shop that sells nursery plants and gifts for decorating a garden, centering on perennial flowers that bloom every season, is also very popular here!
Farm Tomita is a place that is already synonymous to Furano. The Traditional Lavender Field shown in the photo blooms from early- through late-July. The view of the lavender field as it blankets the farm is truly stunning. Aside from lavenders, there are also poppies and baby’s breath grass, while during fall, the field overflows with spider flowers, cosmos and other flowers. Potpourri, room fragrances and a wide range of lavender goods are perfect for souvenir.
Furano Marche 2
Opened in June 2015, Furano Marche 2 is a complex commercial facility that houses 10 shops, including Western cuisine restaurant, cafe, take-out shop and household goods store. On top of the existing Furano Marche, this facility has turned into a popular spot where visitors can better enjoy local delicious dishes and fun activities.
Furano Patisserie tronc
Furano Patisserie tronc kicked into operation in 2015, drawing in customers by constantly creating Furano-like sweets that are particular about the use of raw ingredients from Furano and its neighboring areas. Its biggest bestseller, the Furano Gyunyu no Toron Purin (Furano milk pudding) (shown in the photo, 270 JPY), is a kind of rich dessert that is filled with a milky sensation and is characterized by its smooth palate. Aside from around 20 kinds of handmade sweets, the glazed Chou Crème (cream puff) (130 JPY) with an exquisite balance of cream is also recommended here. And from late-June, this shop is slated to sell the Furano-san Natsumizuki Nama Ichigo Soft Cream (soft-serve ice cream of Furano-grown Natsumizuki strawberries) (580 JPY) that uses Natsumizuki strawberry, a new type of strawberry that was discovered in Furano (the sale of this delicacy depends on the delivery of strawberries, so it may be subject to change by a little bit).
Please try your best to visit Furano in early summer and see it covered with flowers all over!
[This article was originally published in Walkerplus on 05.27.2017]
*Please note that the information in this article is from the time of writing or publication and may differ from the latest information.
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