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Flowers in Spring, Summer and Autumn

JP 2018 July Hokkaido (Part 4)

Tomita Farm

visited Tomita farm in the morning to avoid excessive crowds and for easier parking. The lavender and flower fields composed into a colourful palette, as on posters 🙂

This was the most beautiful farm and not to be missed in peak lavender season.

 

Shikisai-no-oka

Not much lavender but colourful fields in stripes.

 

Hinode-koen (Sunrise park)

The lavender was grown along the slopes of a small mount in Naka (middle) Furano. It’s a popular spot for wedding photos.

 

Lunch in Biei forest

a small hut inside the Biei forest serving Swiss style cuisine.

 

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JP 2018 July Hokkaido (Part 3)

Minami (southern) Furano

After checking out from Shikotsu-ko hotel, headed to Minami-Furano in about 2 hours.

First lavender field in this visit, with view of Kanayama-ko.

 

Lavender East

Arrived at Furano after lunch.  Headed to Lavender East, operated by Tomita farm. 

 

 

Saika-no-sato

Drove slightly uphill to visit this farm again.

 

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JP 2018 May Yokohama (Part 1)

Stayed in Yokohama for last 2 nights before returning home.

Minatonomieruoka Park (港の見える丘公園)

Though its name is long, literally it means a park on mount where harbour can be seen.  We last visited in late Oct 2010 when autumn roses were blooming.  It was more brilliant this time with about 1600 bushes and other spring flowers in full bloom.

 

 

Yamashita Park (山下公園)

after lunch we visited this park on the harbourside, with 1900 bushes in full bloom.

 

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JP 2018 April Kanto (Part 2)

Ashikaga Flower Park

On the next day we visited the Ashikaga Flower Park for Fuji (wisteria), also in full bloom, manifested by the fact that the entrance fee was raised to JPY1,800 right on the day we visited.

Took Tohoku Shinkansen to Oyama and changed JR Ryomo local train to Ashikaga Flower Park station, which was newly opened in April.  Though it was a Friday, we had to stand on the local train on both ways for 30min each due to huge crowds. 

Fuji flowers can be in purple, pink, white and yellow. The last two varieties are late bloomers.  While the purple and pink ones were in full bloom, the white Fuji were starting to bloom when we visited.

In the featuring photo is the big Fuji tree of 150 years old with a large span. Apart from small flower petals it also emitted a pleasant scent which attracted bees.

 

Sea of Azaleas and others

Apart from Fuji the sea of Tsutsuji (Azaleas) were blooming at the same time.  As these were in red, pink and white it formed a colourful palette with the purple and pink Fuji.

 

During the weekend we visited the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum. It happened that the masterpieces of French landscape paintings from the Pushkin Museum in Moscow were on special exhibition till July.

We also dropped by the new Tokyo Midtown Hibiya, which attracted huge crowds to line up.  It’s smaller than its sister Midtown premise in Roppongi. We did not stay long and headed off to Omotesando for cake and coffee.

 

On Monday morning, we headed off to northern Tohoku for sakura.

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JP 2018 April Kanto (Part 1)

Visited Japan for 25 days in April for Spring flowers in Kanto region, followed by sakura in northern Tohoku and Hakodate. Returned to Tokyo during the second half of golden week for a break. Visited western Izu, the Open-Air Museum in Hakone and Fuji Shibazakura Park before leaving Japan.

 

Hitachi Seaside Park

In our original plan we had intended to visit in early May. But in this year temperatures have been warmer since late March so sakura and other spring flowers have reached full bloom 7 to 10 days earlier than average.  Based on the blooming status, we made last minute changes in early April to stay in Tokyo for few days.  This has turned out to be a right call.

While based in Tokyo, we visited this park for blue nemophila in full bloom.  Though it was on a weekday, it was quite crowded.   The park was huge and the 4.5 million nemophila were grown in Miharashi-no-oka (a small hill) of 35,000 sqm.  Though we have seen the same in other Tokyo parks, nothing compares to its scale and density.

 

Next we headed to the tulip fields which were gorgeous as well.  Luckily we visited in mid-April otherwise they would have pelted in late April.

 

 

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JP 2006 May Hokkaido (Part 2)

Shichiku garden (紫竹ガーデン)

visited Shichiku garden when tulip was blossoming on a sunny day.

official website

Biei+Furano

Drove by beautiful Tokachi plain and onward to Furano. Visited Tomita Farm for the first time in early June.

 

Takikawa

visited rapeseed farms outside Takikawa.

 

Sapporo

returned to Sapporo and stayed in hotel on top of station.

 

JP 2006 May Hokkaido (Part 1)

My first time driving in Japan.

After landing in New Chitose airport, took train to Obihiro and stayed overnight. Picked up rental car on next morning then drove to Akan-ko. Stayed in Tsuruga onsen ryokan for the first time. 

Akan-ko 

It was a rainy and cold day, around 11C if my memory was correct even in end May.

Higashi-Mokoto Shibazakura Park (東藻琴芝桜公園)

It was a rainy day with drizzles at times, but the scenery was awesome with the scale of Shibazakura on the hill slope.

official website

 

Kussharo-ko

visited this lake for the first time and immediately fell in love with it. It was serene with almost perfect reflections from the hotel garden and from room.

 

 

Tokachigawa onsen

stayed in this onsen for the first time and would return another 5 times.

 

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JP 2011 June Hokkaido (Part 2)

Yuni Garden

The Yuni Garden is a huge English garden. Various flowers were blooming in late June when we visited. Worthy to spend a few hours there for those who love gardens and flowers.

related website

 

Shikotsu-ko

Second visit in Shikotsu-ko for relaxing onsen stay.

 

Toya-ko

Visited and stayed in Toya-ko 4th time.  The sculptures around the lake rim are interesting.

 

Fireworks in the evening and on the next day before returning to Sapporo

 

 

JP 2011 June Hokkaido (Part 1)

Visited Hokkaido in late June for 1 week after the 3.11 Tohoku big earthquake to support Japan.

CTS > Yubari > Tokachigawa onsen > Furano > Toya-ko > Sapporo

Obihiro

After a brief overnight stay in Yubari, drove to Obihiro and stayed in our favourite Tokachigawa onsen again.

 

Biei+Furano

Minami-Furano

stopped by serene Kanayama-ko while driving en route to Furano.

 

Tomita Farm

flowers were blooming such as Iris, Dahlia, Gazania, Poppy and early Lavender etc.

Senbou-toge, Flowerland

Stopped by Senbou-toge for panoramic view of Tokachi plain, and to our surprise Wisteria (Fuji) was blooming in the resting area. Wild Lupins were blooming here and there on the road side and Flowerland.

Shikisai-no-oka, Biei Patchwork Road

Dropped by Shikisai-no-oka as usual and had quick lunch there. Re-visited some famous trees in that area before visiting the Philosophical Tree. We did not realize this would be our last encounter 🙁

 

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