Hokkaodo has some spectacular expressions of nature, but it's hard to beat the vivid expanses of flowers in Furano. You can see lavender, German irises, pansies, columbine and lots of other flowers in bloom at the same time here.
Furano has more to offer, in the form of offbeat festivals and music.
Mid-June to early August is the best time for flower madness
In July, all the flower gardens are at their peaks
You can reach the flower fields by train and then by bus.
Since there are many flower fields, a rental car is recommended, but you should still be able to catch public buses to many of the main areas.
From Sapporo Station, catch the 38-minute Lilac-Kamui Limited Express Lilac 1 train going to Takikawa, then a 70 Nemuro train to Furano Station. The bus stop is a minute away. Take the 12-minute Asahikawa-Airport Limousine Bus to Naka Furano, and then it’s a 1.7km walk.
You might also want to go trekking through the wetlands or climbing in the highlands, since there are also rare flowers that bloom in only those places.