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Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hokkaido Summer 2012 北海道夏季之旅 - Choei Lavender Park 北星山町营薰衣草园

Visited 11.07.2012



First flower park of the day. We were welcomed by beautiful coloration of flowers which were planted aesthetically on the slope of this hill. In winter, the slope is covered with snow and the chairlift is meant to ferry skiers to a higher elevation on this hill. In summer, chairlift allows one to tour this flower park in a different manner - viewing lavender flowers just beneath your feet!




At an elevated level, a picturesque of lavender flowers, with Tokachi mountain range in the background can be admired on a good clear day. With such beautiful scenery, one can expect humongous amount of photos snapped at different parts of this flower park. To me, the most important photo to be taken is one which shows yourself hiding in the vast field of blooming lavender flowers! Will recommend coming in the earlier part of the day to avoid huge crowds, especially when your main motive is to snap good pictures with the least interference (i.e. strangers in the background).


At the foot of the hill, there is a stall selling snacks - bought lavender flavoured ice-cream (300 yen) and steamed corn kernel (300 yen), and a souvenir shop selling mainly lavender related products.

1.5 hours should be sufficient for one to tour this beautiful flower park leisurely and enjoy a lavender soft serve after a good stroll.

Highlight: Chairlift cost 300 yen for both ways (up and downhill).
50 yen discount vouchers can be obtained through the following avenues:
(1) Furano Tourist Information Centre, located in Furano JR Station
(2) Tourist counter in Nakafurano JR Station
(3) Furano-Biei Norokko train

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Choei Lavender Park 北星山町营薰衣草园
Opening hours (for chairlift): 0900 - 1700 hrs
< 10 mins walk from Nakafurano JR Station

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