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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hokkaido Summer 2012 北海道夏季之旅 - Nakafurano JR Station 中富良野駅



Nakafurano JR Station (F42), along Furano line.
Train fee from Furano to Nakafurano = 220 yen.

During summer peak season, tourist information counter is set up in the train station catering to huge influx of tourists anticipated. On other days, there are no station crew assigned to this station, or otherwise known as a "no man" station.

Train timetable: http://www.hyperdia.com

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What's nearby? 

(1) Choei Lavender Park 北星山町营薰衣草园, approx 10 - 15 mins walk.
Nearest flower park from Nakafurano JR Station.

(2) Saika no sato 彩香之里, approx 35 mins walk.

(3) Farm Tomita 富田农场, approx 35 mins walk. Most popular and crowded park of them all.
During lavender blooming season (Jun - Aug), Furano-Biei Norokko train will make a stop at a temporary station, Lavender Farm station. Farm Tomita is about 7 mins walk from this nearest station instead.

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Remember...
... this friendly and helpful lady manning the tourist information counter. Not well-versed in English at all, but tried her best to provide me direction to nearby flower park. When we returned to the station, she approached us with a book in her hands, pointing to one of the English phrases in the book, "Hope to see you again!". She tried to learn the pronunciation from us and repeated after us. Before we board the train, she passed us stalks of fresh lavender flowers as a momento. Will never forget the cheerfulness she portrayed and assistance rendered despite the language barrier!

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