Furano's flower fields, bursting in vivid color, are the cherry on top of Hokkaido's spectacular nature offerings. Lavender, German irises, pansies and columbine simultaneously erupt in a rainbow display every year.
Beyond flowers, the Furano area also offers offbeat festivals, live music and more.
Mid-June to early August is the best time for flower viewing
Blooms are at their peak in July
You can reach the flower fields by train and then bus.
A rental car is recommended if you want to visit every flower field, but public buses are available 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. From there, take the Furano Lavender Bus to flower fields in Nakafurano.
The area's wetlands and highlands also feature rare flowers that can't be found elsewhere. Trekking and hiking are recommended for true nature enthusiasts.