Japan’s northernmost prefecture Hokkaido is world-renowned for its volcanoes, natural hot springs, ski areas and snow festivals, but its summer scenery is breathtakingly beautiful. You will find some of Japan’s finest flower fields and gardens during this time.
Hinode Park is one of the best lavender fields here in Hokkaido.
The Lavender Hill
Located north of Kamifurano Town, the park is known for its observatory, lavender field, ski area (open from mid-December to March), and RV campsites (open from late April to late October). The observatory is reached by a slight uphill climb from the parking lot.
From the 360-degree open observatory, lavender fields can be seen spreading to the northwest and the Tokachi mountain range can be seen on the east side.
Since early-blooming and late-blooming lavenders are cultivated here, flowers are usually seen from late June to mid-July. But not just lavender, there are many other seasonal flowers that can be seen such as catmint, lupine, peonies, marigolds, etc.
Another attraction of Hinode Park is the view of the setting sun and lavender. As the lavender field faces west, you can see the lavender field during the golden hour, which is quite rare in Hokkaido.
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