Both Biei and Furano are located in Hokkaido, Japan. For the love of flowers, we flew thousands of kilometers to Sapporo in Hokkaido and, from there, we rented a car equipped with GPS and set out to pursue our flowers and trees. We drove hundreds of kilometers to Biei and Furano. One thing we particularly looked forward to was viewing of the lavender fields.
Biei (美瑛町) is famous for its views of wide fields and hills. The bright colours of its fields attract thousands of visitors in the summer. Furano (富良野市), a city in the southern reaches of Kamikawa Subprecture, is well-known as a tourism destination famous for its lavender fields.
Our visit to Biei and Furano was bascially an unstructured tour, we just drove to where we would like to go, depending on where our hearts led us. We first stopped by the lavender fields.
Driving further afield, what caught our eyes were rows and rows of carefully planted flowers in multi-colors arranged like a beautiful rainbow.
I was wondering whether only in Japan where everything is so orderly that even flowers are neatly arranged and cropped. The flowers in colours of the rainbow and rolling fields were attractive but seemed so orderly almost amounting to an overkill. .
Any reason for arranging them as rainbows? I have no idea but we humans like to replicate the natural beauties on the ground.
I rather prefer flowers in its natural environment. I like them running wild, reckless and there is where beauty is discovered.
We wandered beyond or over the rainbows. Strolling on the rolling hills, we found happiness in being surrounded by flowers.
For a moment, the poppies on the hills reminded us of Monet’s painting of the poppy fields. They are so vivid and of vibrant colors.
Many other flowers make Furano an attractive destination also outside of the lavender season. The main season for flower viewing takes place between June and September, although some flowers also bloom earlier or later. Flowers include french marigolds, iris germanica, poppies, scarlet sage, sunflowers and lupins etc., indeed, Hokkaido is a paradise for flower lovers.
For the whole afternoon, we were immersed in a sea of flowers. We pondered for a moment whether travelling several thousand kilometers just for the love of flowers worths the trip? In our minds, we have no doubt about it.
Amazing view. Thanks for sharing.
You are most welcome!
Hi Lynne, thanks for your kind comment! Michael
You are right…flowers look their best in natural setting
I love the various posts in your blog about HK and other places. Well done!
Thank you. I will be returning to India August 13th…me and my husband so now my posts will be about India and places I visit. Where are you in Hong Kong? We could meet before I leave
Hi Indra, I am available to meet. I live in the New Territories, but as HK is a small place meeting anywhere would not be a problem. Regards, Michael
Any day next week…in TST?
Hi, how about coming Tuesday 7 August, 3:00pm at “The One” in TST? I can give you some contact details offline; my email address is email@example.com.
Look forward to meeting you, Michael
Thank you for sharing your beautiful post and photos! I will regularly come back and stare at these!
Glad you like the photos and thanks for the comment!
This is gorgeous!
Wow beautiful! The flowers are like rainbows.
Thanks for the comment!
My jaw is still dropped. These photos are amazing!
These are some of my best photos taken in Japan, glad that you like them! Regards, Michael
Beautiful & colourful! The flowers makes the place so welcoming. 🙂
Thanks for the kind comment!
Absolutely beautiful photos. Thanks for brightening my morning 🙂
Hope I am able to come up with more posts which brighten everybody’s morning!
Thank you Madoqua !
Beautiful! The colors are so vibrant – and the bands of cultivated flowers are amazing!
Thank you fellow retiree!
Wow! Looks divine.
Thank you Caitlin!
Unbelievably beautiful… great photos..
Thanks for following my posts!
Such breathtaking photographs and the place looks so serene!
Glad that you enjoy the photos!
Stunning!! You are blessed to have been immersed in such vibrant natural beauty. And I am blessed to have found your site and thus be able to share it. Thank you.
Thanks also go to the creator of the flowers!
Thank you LaVagabonde!
The colours in your photos are gorgeous. What a lovely place to visit.
The photos could have been better if I did not use a low resoultion camera. Thanks for your comment!
Fabulous! I too adore flowers taking hours of pleasure in my own garden. Thank you so much for posting this. You are so fortunate to be able to travel so widely, I also love the way you write all the more creditworthy since I am assuming it is not your first language. Great post Michael.
Hi, you are also fortunate to have your own garden; living in a city doesn’t allow us to own our garden. English is not my first language; I think I spend more efforts writing my earlier posts on HK and retirement when I was not trying to showcase my photos. Thanks for the kind comment! Michael
I feel like we’re going to be following you where ever you’ve been. Thank you for sharing and inspiring us to go and see it for ourselves.
Hi Swozy, thanks for following me on some many posts! Regards, Michael
These photographs are simply stunning! If we ever make it to Japan we will certainly visit these fields.
Thanks for your encouraging comment!
What beautiful, calming photos!
Many thanks for the comment. Hope the pictures bring you peace!
No doubt indeed! Hundreds of flowers and beautiful colors. I agree with you, it would have been more beautiful if they grew on their own without patterns. But beautiful still. 🙂
Hi Jepiner, thanks for following me on many posts!
A wonderful post! 🙂
Thank you Diana!
Great photo’s Michael. I can only imagine how heavenly it all smells. I wonder how they manage self sowing seeds, seems so perfectly manicured. Perhaps they go by hand and de-head before the seeds manage to spread? Interesting, that rolling, shallow hilled landscape with rows of spruce plantingsl looks a lot like parts of Alberta.
I must admit I don’t know much about planting at all, although in my retirement I have taken some lessons on the basics of planting. The Japanese pays so much attention to details, I am sure that they would take pains to get it meticoulsy planted. Thanks very much for following my many posts, Michael
I don’t know if this destination is on your travel plans, but saw it on Pinterest and thought you might enjoy
Hi, the picture in the link said it is Hokkaido, this is the same Japanese island where we went for Biei and Furano. Didn’t say specifically where about in Hokkaido though. In any case, thanks for the information. Regards, Michael
Absolutely beautiful! And well captures, as always.
Thanks for your kind comment!
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Feast your eyes….
Many thanks for sharing this further with your readers! Regards, Michael
WOW! Love these fields of beautiful flowers.!
BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!
Thanks for following so many of my posts and for the blessing!
I agree that while the ordered plantings are amazing, I’d much rather see the flowers in all their natural, wild glory. As always, thanks for the amazing pictures and interesting story.
Think the rainbow arrangement is for attarcting tourist to the area; in this regard it has been successful but I think most of us like flowers in their natural state. Regards, Michael
Stunning! This reminds me of the tulip field of Holland. “Unstructured tours” sure do have its advantages 😉
Yes, Holland comes to my mind as well when I first visited Biei and Furano. I hope I can further post generally on these areas in Japan! Regards, Michael
Outstanding, and with a real sense of place. Did you get to talk to the locals at all? Maybe the people who were working on the flowers? Everywhere I go in Japan, I see people, often quite old, tilling onions, flowers, bonsai…it’s a country in love with all things botanical.
Thanks for the excellent photos.
We didn’t have much chance to talk to the locals. Of course, I was engrossed in taking pictures. The good thing was we had a Japanese friend travelling with us so we fielded him as many questions as we liked.You are quite right, the Japanese are fanatical of botanical gardening and they like their gardens too ( you may want to peruse my post on Six Attributes Garden of Japan). Thanks for your comment! Michael
I have never personally seen fields of flowers like the ones in your photos.
Thank you for sharing – absolutely breathtaking!
Thank you for taking the time to like my post today. I am new at this, so I greatly appreciate it. Looking forward to following:)
As one reader said, the other place with fields of flowers is in Holland; but I like poppies more than tulips. I have only blogged for 7 months, so I am still quite new to this. Thanks for the comment! Michael
Definitely worth it! Someday I’ll do the same 🙂
Wow! It is so beautiful! What lovely photos. 🙂
Hi Leashastore, thanks for the kind comment!
Hello! I’ve nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award! Here’s a link to it, if you’d like to go there: http://remissionary.wordpress.com/2012/08/01/wins-day-twice-blessed/
Have a blessed day!! (Beautiful photos! very inspiring to me)
Hi LubbyGirl, thanks very much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael
Oh, that’s OK – it’s not necessary to accept. I just wanted to recognize your work and maybe point somebody else your way.
Thank you LubbyGirl. Regards, Michael
These photos are simply beautiful. I am going to show some ignorance and say that I did not know that Japan had fields of Lavender, I thought I had to go back to France.
Japan has always been high on my list of places to visit, and it has now moved closer to the top!
Hi Bec, I understand recently that even Dalian in China also has fields and gardens of lavender. Hokkaido in Japan is always high up on my list for re-visiting. Thanks for the comment! Michael
The colour combinations are just fantastic. So much work to get them so symetrical
The thought of growing flowers to resemble a rainbow is alreadya brilliant idea.
This is beautiful! I have another reason to return to Japan…. 24 hours on layover just wasn’t enough!
Everytime I go to Japan, there is always something facinating or inspiring; usually it’s worth the trip. Regards, Michael
Wow! Is that mint in one of your photos? It reminds me of the Skagit Valley Tulip Fest, where I grew up, row after row of lovely colors.
Hi mcddanileee, unfortunately I also can’t tell whether they are mint. Glad that the pictures remind you of your childhood and the lovely colors. Regards, Michael
Looking at your photos on a cold, wet miserable day in England has put a smile on my face and made me have to add another place to visit to my Bucket List. Thank you for such pretty photos!
I’m glad that if this post puts a smile on somebody’s face or instills a moment of peace in somebody’s mind by reading it. Regards, Michael
So unique and beautiful! I have to go there someday!
Hi Evilnymphstuff, thanks for the comment!
Beautiful! I’m passing the Sunshine Award on to you Congratulations and Thanks for following my blogs. http://knittinggalore.wordpress.com/2012/08/02/sunshine-award/
Hi Knittinggalore, thanks very much for the nomination. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael
No problem 🙂
I am in love ~ So beautiful! paula ♥
Hi Paula, thanks for the comment! Michael
Wow, I’ve never seen flowers grown to resemble a rainbow–thanks for sharing!
Hi Heather, you are most welcome! Michael
Truly lovely images. Another reason to visit Japan one day – hopefully when the cherry trees are blossoming. Thank you for the like.
Hi Eturiamice, cherry blossoms in spring, so have to be there early. Regards, Michael
Precious memories, feeling so great when I see this set, great catch.
uhmmm… could I hiding in your suitcase? where to next? 😀
Hi Ansella, glad that it brings back precious memories. The partcipation of the photo challenge made me go back to some previous photos and started me writing on flowers of Biei and Furano. This has distracted me somewhat from writing about Dubrovnik which I have yet to complete. Probably, I will be back onto Dobrovnik before writing about other travels. Regards, Michael
Wow! Ridiculous photos here, so many flowers!!! #’s 2, 4, and 5 are my favourites, they really show the colours (and kudos for getting photos that show them so well). Thanks for liking my post as well!
Hi befaster, thanks for liking those photos, they are also me favourites! Regards, Michael
Gorgeous photos – just stunning! The lavender fields remind me of summer in France. And thank you for liking my French post. Gracie
Hi Gracie, I wish I have a chance to visit the French lavender fields, they are also wonderful. it is high up on my list. Regards, Michael
Wow I would love to see all of that. It must have been an amazing experience!!! Thanks for sharing. I need to take my allergy pills after looking 🙂 I can almost smell them.
It really was an amazing experience. Thanks for the comment!
Wow, that is incredible! I want to go!
This is a “must-see” for flower lovers!
Wow! Even more beautiful that the Dutch flower fields. Had no idea this existed. Thank you
Maybe because the Furano and Biei fields are on rolling hills, that makes it more three dimensional. Thanks for the comment!
Wow, stunning photographs.
Hi, maybe you can try cycling in the area! Michael
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My favorite was the field of poppies. You are right, it does remind me of Monet.
It is a joy reading your Shanghai experience!
Thank you – I’ve enjoyed your photos a lot too.
A beauteous floral dream! I would wish to lay down amidst the blossoms and paint the sky with pollen!
Thanks for more great photos of Japan!
It was indeed a dream trip for the photographer. I should have laid down on the blossoms instead of photographing
Thank you Rasha!
These are so lovely. I was just reading about this place from a magazine and your photos are seriously making me consider a solo trip to the region. Is there an easier way than driving all those kms?
Hi, understand there is a bus from Sapporo to Biei, please see extract from the internet:
Lavender Go” connects Asahikawa Station to Furano via Asahikawa Airport It takes approx. an hour in summer and approx. one and a half hour in winter. This hourly service is provided daily one an hour from 10am~7pm. This goes through Biei, Kamifurano and Nakafurano. It is not connected to flight schedule so please check out the time table carefully. “Lavender Go” takes you to New Furano Prince Hotel, via Furano Station then Kitanomine Ski Zone / Hotel Area.
Thanks so much!
These photos look like a dream. A really nice post. Love it.
I suppose good for viewing and for the soul as well!
Wow! I didn’t know you could find fields like this in Japan :o! So beautiful, thank you for sharing!
Not too far from where you are now based. Thanks for the comment!
Wow! This is incredible! The photos are so amazing, I bet it is even more breath taking in real life. Thank you for sharing. 🙂
The fields are wide and rolling, could have captured better if I have taken panaromic shots of the place. Please enjoy!
Lovely photos… but I think I agree with you. My favorites are the ones that are closer up, and the order breaks down. A bit of randomness is part of the fun of flowers. 🙂
Yes Miranda, randomness is an element of beauty!
Your photos are wonderful. How amazing to see those beautiful flowers in real life. 😉
In real life, the flowers just filled my senses and I just couldn’t help admiring and enjoying!
amazing is the word! I love the pictures – thank you for checking out my blog post 🙂
Hi Eliza, glad that you like the pictures, regards, Michael
Oh my goodness! These pictures are seriously beautiful. Thanks for sharing.
Tammy of “Walking in Pretty Shoes”
Hi your trip to Atlantis seem very interesting too! Hope I will be able to visit it someday. Regards, Michael
Unbelievable colors! :-O
Hi Ioanna, I was writing a series of posts on Dubrovnik and found myself wanting to digress to show the beauty of the beautiful flowers which blossom at this time of the year in Hokkaido. Thanks for the comment! Michael
wow thanks for your pictures, i wanted to stay longer and go over to Osaka to meet a bf but time does not permits, I love seeing these lovely lavender too!
Hi Moncohon, quite a few readers are impressed by the beauty of the flower fields in Hokkaido; some compare them to the flower fields in Holland. In my view, the ones in Hokkaido on rolling hills seem to be more pleasing. Understand that time did not permit you from visiting; hope you have enjoyed a vitural tour of the place. Regards, Michael
Absolutely beautiful pictures! Thank you for following me and liking my post =). I look forward to browsing through more of your experiences!
Hi Topoftheworld18, you are welcome! Michael
Wonderful combination of thoughts and photos! You can almost feel the happiness bursting from the fields. I look forward to reviewing more of your posts! Thanks for stopping by my blog.
Glad that you enjoy both the mood and the sight of seeing the flowers. Thanks for stopping by and look forward to your further perusal! regards, Michael
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Hi, thanks very much for sharing the posts with your readers! Regards, Michael
Thanks for the photos! Maybe you’ve seen the rape blossoms near Menyuan 門源 in Qinghai? It’s great to be surrounded by color! We’re there lots of bees?
Hi Kieran, I have not yet been to Menyuan in Qinghai. Do you know of any blog which gives a good idea of the place and the flowers? Thank you, Michael
No I’m afraid I don’t. I wrote about it a while ago but didn’t upload my pictures.
Thank you for the kind comment; have a great weekend 🙂
Thanks! I’ll post back with some photos of Menyuan later.
Your rainbows are awesome! Thanks for stopping by my Angkor Wat post and liking it.
Your photos of Angkor Wat have brought back some good memories. . . . I have lost all my photos on my trip to the place so seeing them was a delight!
It was a while ago for me too…in Dec 2008. I also lost a lot of my travel pic when I used Kodak site.
Now I am storing my photos in external hard discs with backup on another device.
Thank you for the comment!
Thank you Stevie!
my goodness…those photos are just stunning…I know what yuo mean about the stripes but what an amazing spectacle?!? I would love to see these flowers through my camera lens 🙂
Hi Marianne, the flowers are just lovely! Thanks for the comments. Regards, Michael
wonderful photos – I do like the wild mountainside flowers better than the rainbows
Hi elapethc, me too! Regards, Michael
These are stunning photos and flowers. TY! 🙂
The photos only look stunning because the flowers are!
Thank you Amanda!
These flowers are absolutely amazing. My 2-year-old LOVED pointing out all the different colors. Beautiful. (And amazing photography. =) )
I believe the colors would stimulate the brain of your child, creating a positive effect too! Regards, Michael
Wow ! Well learn something every day ! I had no idea Lavender grew in Japan ! Just beautiful tks for sharing !! 🙂
Hi Judy, lavender is grown in Japan and some parts of China as well. Thanks for the comment! Regards, Michael
Lavender must be a very adaptable plant. It seems to grow almost anywhere, in a variety of climates. You see a lot of it in Britain, and my daughter in Seattle has lavender farms near her. I’ve seen them in France, England and Scotland. And in our front garden in Virginia!
Yes, they are a very adaptable plant. We are seeing them on the hill tops of some of the local hills too!
Wow, those flowers are amazing! Great find.
We knew about this place but Japanese seldom blog about it in English so it is still realtively unfamiliar to the English speaking world. Regards, Michael
Those flowers are almost otherworldly in their beauty. Gorgeous photography, Michael!
Glad that you like the flowers and the photos. Thanks for the kind comment! Michael
The neatness appeals to my mild OCD, although I do know what you mean about the joy of truly wild flowers.
This refers to my simple pleasures of liking random uncultivated flowers. Thanks for the comment!
The colors are wonderful. First, I think often to saw this scenery of hill. I have not gone to Biei yet.
The landing incident to Senkaku Islands is stirring in Japan.
Hi Aquacompass7, the flowers and hills at Biei and Furano are so beautiful, hope you will find time to visit there. As for Senkaku, think both countries should co-operate and resolve it. Regards, Michael
I agree with it.
Wonderful blog post. I haven´t considering going to Hokaido bur you have changed my mind.!
Good, you will see a lot more than what I have posted! Regards, Michael
Nature’s beauty is truly amazing – thanks for sharing these amazing photos!
Hi 24/7 in France, you are welcome. It is pmy pleasure to share my posts with you. Regards, Michael
This is stunning. Great Post!
Thank you for your kind comment Hayleens!
simply gorgeous photos, it charms and calms the heart =)
Hi charmedbylove, thank you for your kind comment! Michael
Nice flowers. I don’t think they look all that ordered. Maybe it’s an opinion of Japanese culture there. Our tulip fields are way more ordered than this. I would love to go shoot in Japan for about 3 months! My single visit there was way too short.
Hi Michael, that’s a long trip. Would love to see your photos after the trip. Regards, Michael
Wow those pics are amazing, I love the lavender one, stunning!
Thank you for the comment Madeleine!
WOW! This is so beautiful. I would love to be there. Thank you for letting me see this amazing place.
Hi Marianne, it is my pleasure. Greetings to you as well, Michael
Ah, stunning!! I only knew Hokkaido in winter, with the Japanese cranes and whooper swans. I do plan to visit Hokkaido in that season, but the flowers are certainly also a sight to behold!
To me, Hokkdaido is beautiful all year round, safe travels!
I agree with you that these flowers arer arranged too orderly. Flowers are definetly better running wild like nature intended.
Glad to find somebody who agrees with me on this point!
It’s no surprise that these are beautiful photographs, because you consistently post great pictures, Michael. This collection is especially good; I really enjoyed seeing them. Thanks for sharing!
Hi Tom, I first came to know about your blog from your Monet’s garden photo; as one who like impressionist art, I love it very much. I also like bridges and enjoy reading your recent post. Thanks very much for the encouraging comment. Regards, Michael
These are amazing photographs. Thank you so much for visiting and liking soulsnet.com because now I have found you. I write a daily inspiration blog at soulsnet and I am sharing one of your fantastic photographs in tomorrow’s post which is all about personal power. I hope you will visit and I hope you will enjoy it, especailly as your photograph is going to enhance the post so much.
I am a very amateurish photographer, as you no doubt can see, but since I started the blog I do include one of my own efforts and then I look for a real photographer for something really lovely to look at. I hope you are ok with me using your photo and I hope it will be ok for me to use others sometime in the future. I will always provide a link back and say something about the photograph I am using. This time it is fair to say that I was gobsmacked! If you don’t know what that means it means I was absolutely amazed by the colours.
Hope to meet you again, either here or at soulsnet
Hi Corinne, I am alright with you using my photos if you would provide a link back to this site. I have perused some of your posts and find them very inspirational! Regards, Michael
Thanks so much. I have just posted today’s soulsnet piece including your photograph. Hope you like it. My husband thought your photos were amazing too.
You obviously had a wonderful trip.
Hi Corinne, I have just perused your post and like it very much. I hope it will bring peace to the readers. Yes, we did have a good time and longing to re-visit it some other time. Regards, Michael
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Whoa… as in audible appreciation for the photos you’ve posted. Thank you for showing us such beauty exists. I’s wonderful to see people creating a work of art through the gift of nature. Bravo!
Hi destinydelish, thanks for the encouraging comment. It is my pleasure to share this work of art through nature with you and your readers! Regards, Michael
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As I traveled to Belgium to witness the fields of bluebells, so I would travel to view this. Fortunately, Michael Lai has gone before me and gifted us with these beautiful photos. Thank you, Michael!
Hi destinydelish, thanks for reblogging this on. I hope that I would also be able to witness the bluebells of Belgium. Safe flights and travels! Michael
Thank you Sirpasalenius!
Glad you enjoyed today’s post at soulsnet. Your photograph was a wonderful enhancement and I am sure my readers loved it.
II have been looking around your site and you are sure having a wonderful retirement. What a fantastic way to record it in picture and prose. You are a real inspiration to other retirees out there, of whom, by the way, I am one.
I would love to use some of your photographs in the future if that is ok. I will always acknowledge and link back to you.
Have a good day,
Hi Corinne, I’m just trying to make the best use of time in this new phase of life. You are welcome to use my photos and provide a link back; best if you would advise me whenever you do that. Best wishes in your retirement! Michael
I wouldn’t usually use another photograph so quickly but today’s post at soulsnet is about pain and suffering and I couldn’t think of a better photograph to use to enhance the blog than another one of yours. So I hope you don’t mind. I have, of course, linked back to you. I hope you enjoy the post. This retirement phase is challenging, isn’t it? I think you have to create a retirement and that takes imagination and not a little bit of courage!
Hi Corinne, I have no problem with it and hope that it can ease your readers’ pain. Regards, Michael
Wonder shots – what a remarkable place.
Thank you so much for the comment. I like the flowers and plants in your posts too! Gardening is one of my favourite pastime. Regards, Michael
Meant to say “wonderful” shots. The iPad strikes again. Enjoy your photographic explorations – it’s a big part of what I hope to do in my own retirement, which begins in about 15 months. . .
15 months is not too far off, some pschological preparation will be good. Sure you will enjoyit! Michael
Amazing amazing amazing! Now I want to visit these places. Another location added to my list fo destinations.
Hi Rachel, these places is a “must see” for flower lovers! Michael
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This is so beautiful, thank you
Hi Annestee, thanls for the kind comment! Michael
WOW ! Gorgeous photos!
Thank you Mary!
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Thanks for visiting and liking soulsnet. Much appreciated. The link to your Retiree Diary is actually in today’s post, “Who comes first?”. Hope you enjoy it.
Hi Corinne, I just read through it and love it! Take care! Michael
So glad you enjoyed it.
We had lavender plants in our garden when we lived in Central New York. (We now live in Florida.)
The lavender plants were beautiful, but not as exotic and lovely as the fields of lavender that you have pictured. Wonderful photos and details, Michael.
Hi earthriderjudyberman, where we live the temperature is too high for lavender; you were fortunate to have it in NY. Thanks for the kind comment! Michael
*GASP* Never seen anything like that WOW! Thank you for sharing 😀
Thank you ayoliag for the kind comment! Michael
Dear Michael, I finally found your blog site! Your photography is magnificent! Thank you for sharing with us, and thank you for ‘liking’ a few of my posts too! 🙂 Fae.
Hi Fae’s Twist & Tango, it is my pleasure reading your blog! Regards, Michael
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The Rainbow of Flowers in Biei and Furano, Japan by Michael Lai
Thanks for the reblogging, Andrew!
These pictures are amazing! Thanks for sharing them.
Hi Richard, my pleasure to share them. Thanks for the kind comment! Michael
Wow, these are incredible photos! Great work! And a side of Japan most of us don’t know about.
Hi, as far as possible I would try to post something which readers may be interested in. Thanks for the kind comment! Michael
Wow. I think you hit the nail on the head with this. Japan is a wonderful country that loves beauty… And order.
People never stop halfway and always go as far as they can with even simple concepts. I love Japan.
As for all countries, there are good and bad sides to them,
my blog only highlights the better side of things. we are here to share the beautiful and positive aspects. Thanks for the kind comment! Michael
amazingly beautiful…seems almost unreal! 🙂
Thank you Jane!
Beautiful, just beautiful! You have an artist’s eye for capturing color!
Hi Sarah, thanks for the kind comment. Hope to capture more in the future for sharing! Regards, Michael
Wonderful pictures ,so vivid you can touch.Jalal Michael
Hi Jalal, should have shot the pictures with higher resolution. Thanks for the comment! Michael
Absolutely beautiful post. Gorgeous.
Thank you for your kind comment! Michael
Beautiful photos. Hope to see more of Japan.
Thank you for the comment, Mary!
Beautiful photos of lavender and flower fields
Thanks for the comment, northoneartist!
These photos are just beautiful. Even though flowers look lovely in their natural setting, these rows of colour also look lovely and in my own, just as nice in their own way. It would be an amazing sight to see in person.
Hi Nicky, Furano and Biei really worth a visit! Michael
Seriously beautiful pictures!
Thank you Visit Fort Myers Beach !
My pleasure to share the posts and photos with you Lucian!
They are so incredibly vibrant! I’ve never seen anything like that. The colors are amazing!
It was a feast for the eyes… thanks for your comment!
How gorgeous! Really spectacular…
Thank you bodhisattvaintraining!
Thank you Gayle!
Wow these pictures are really beautiful, the colors are wonderful.
Thank you relaxingcooking!
absolutely georgeous. i would so love to see and feel and smell and breathe in the ambiance of the space
Everybody would like to be totally immersed in this environment! Thanks for the comment! Michael
Stunning! But I’m in agreement with you that flowers truly shine in their natural environment. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you lovebeautyexperience, it is in the nature that presents the biggest beauty. Regards, Michael
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Thank you for reblogging this on! Michael
Michael, These are beautiful!
Hi Kristin, thank you for the encouraging comment! Michael
That would be cool to see from the sky! My daughter would love a rainbow field! Gorgeous!
Unfortunately, I don’t have any photos taken from a plane or helicopter otherwise, I will be happy to share! Thanks for the kind comment! Michael
Thanks again for liking more of my pics. These images above are just glorious. Makes me want to kick of my shoes and start running though the fields of bloom. Thank you for sharing.
If you are thrilled watching these flowers, you may also like to see my other post “Patchwork Road Rolling Hills in Hokkaido, Japan”, although it is less stunning! Michael
wow, beautiful! Like natural carpet flower fields! 🙂
I like how you describe this!
Lovely, lovely, lovely . Superb.
Yor kind comment is much appreciated!
Your kind comment is much appreciated!
hello, As I have really enjoyed following your blog, I have decided to give you a little compliment by nominating you for the Versatile Blogger Award. If you are interested, there is more information here; http://myrtel.wordpress.com/2013/01/11/versatile-blogger-award/.
Hi justmusing, thanks so much for the nomination which I understand is an important award. I have decided not to pursue or accept any nomination / award during my retirement and for this reason, I have already turned down all similar awards. Knowing that my blog is read in many places of the world (160 countries) is already my biggest reward. With regret, I have to decline the nomination. Thank you once again for the nomination which is very much appreciated! Regards, Michael
Sure, just a means of appreciation!
Thank you for your understanding!
I have no words , is so beautiful.
Glad you like the picture. Thank you for your kind comment!
The photos are awesome. BTW – when was this photos taken, noticed that you have posted these on 1st Aug. I am planning to go to Hokkaido either 2nd week JUne or 3rd week of JUne, wonder whether I would be able to see such beautiful scene.
Hi, I have another post about flowers in the area : https://retireediary.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/patchwork-road-rolling-hills-in-hokkaido-japan/
At the end of the post, there is link for the time table of the various flower one can see. Please click and check. Thank you 🙂
Michael, there are similar flower fields in Lompoc, California (on the central coast) that are grown for the flower seed industry. There, the fields are arranged in rows as you noted here, although it appears that there were more of them where you were. I have many photos taken of the Lompoc fields during 1990-1993, but I do not yet have them in digital format. Thanks for sharing these photos, they are truly stunning.
Hi Julia, are they also on rolling hills? Would love to see them someday. Thank you for the perusal and the like 🙂
Thank you for the perusal and the like 🙂
Thank you for perusal and kind comment 🙂
Wow, Michael, these photos are amazing! I don’t think I’ll ever get to Japan, but these photos sure make me wish I could!
Hi Sue, you are welcome to join me in my travels vicariously. Thank you 🙂
Whether contrived to form by man, your shots of the sea of flowers are just awesome!!! Such vibrancy of colour and the contours for the eye to follow is extraordinarily pleasing. I’ll be returning to feast the eye….
Hi, glad that you like the pictures. This is the first time I saw such endless sea of yellow flowers. Thank you for your perusal and comment:-)
What an intoxicating day it must have been, full of sensual colors and scents!
I like the word “intoxicating”. Thanks for the perusal and kind comment 🙂
it’s like a scene from the wizard of oz.. breathtaking
Somewhere Over the Rainbow! Regards, Michael
These are all breathtaking; would love to see someone take these to paints, then put the photo and the painting side by side. Michael, you should check out one of NC’s spectacular painters: http://susanharrell.com/.
And muchas gracias for liking my “Two Geese in a Dog Fight”, “Take-off and Landing” and “Insect Hieroglyphs”. Take care!
Thanks so much for the link. Have a great day 🙂
I was so impressed by your great photos. Your photos make my eye happy. Thanks a lot!
Thank you 🙂
Wow, I would love to see this in person. Thanks for posting these great photos!
The impacts would be much bigger if you see it in person. Thank you 🙂
I didn’t even know they grew lavender in Japan! Thank you for sharing your beautiful pictures. Like you, I prefer flowers in a natural, wild setting but the growing fields are truly stunning.
It appears that lavender is now grown in many countries. Glad that you like both the natural and planted flowers. Many thanks 🙂
Many thanks; have a great week 🙂
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Thanks for reblogging this on. Have a great week 🙂
Wish u the same , the flower fields are beautiful – pleasure’s mine
Many thanks indeed 🙂
Your blog photos are amazing and beautiful and I look forward to reading more of your stories. Thanks for stopping by our blog and liking it since that gave me the opportunity to visit yours. Here’s to retirement and new paths to follow… Anita @ No Particular Place To Go
Hi Anita & Richard, you are ,ost welcome. Thank for following my blog too ! Regards, Michael
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Thank you 🙂
It’s magical. thank you to share. 🙂
They look lovely. Aren’t they! Thank you 🙂
I prefer discovering flowers in their natural wild state.
Still I can enjoy those beautiful rainbow cultivated displays.
Like clasical guitar compared to blues guitar it is all the effort involved that distracts from the pleasure.
Man seems to have a gift in making things difficult.
Still you made photographing the flowers look easy.
How would a painting measured up.
It is all in the eye of the beholder and you have an exerlant eye.
Thanks for sharing your view.
Hi Jack, I try to compose pictures which are like paintings or could be turned into paintings – one of my dreams would be to find a poppy field on a rolling hill like those depicted in Monet! Regards, Michael
When I saw those vast areas of colour I immediatly thought how like a painting. It was the composition as well as the colour.Monet was the one for gardens.
Hi Jack, glad that you find the artistic elements in my images. Regards, Michael
Excellent shots and the rainbow effect is startling. Best wishes,
Hi James, nice to hear from you. Glad that you like the photos! Regards, Michael
Thank you for sharing these delightful and colorful images of flower fields. Amazing.
I am glad to be able to share these images! Have a great week 🙂
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I have never reblogged my own post, but this post is one of the best I like and I would like to share it again!
What wonderfully colourful scenes. I especially love the lavender fields. Have you ever been to the Netherlands? They grow tulips in rainbow stripes like that there. You are very lucky to have been to such beautiful places.
Still haven’t made it to the Netherlands, hope I will be there in one flower blooming season!
I hope you make it there some day and at peak flower season. The blooms were sadly past their best when I was there but the colours still made an impact.
Hope I will be there at the right time!
I can see why you liked this one! Fantastic artwork in flowers. Thank you Michael!
Thanks for supporting me to reblog this one!
Amazing flowers and photos!
Glad you like it!
It looks like heaven to me – sensational photos!
A heaven of flowers – we walked several hours there!
So glad you reblogged this.
I am glady you enjoy it!
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The Rainbow of Flowers in Biei and Furano,Japan
by Michael Lai
Manu thanks for reblogging this on!
This is one of my favorite posts – the flowers are spectacularly stunning! Thanks for reblogging! 🙂
Glad that it is algo one of yogur favorito posts. Regaras, Michael
I don’t blame you the colors are just MAGICAL!!! Fields of lavender bring peace to the mind.
Hi, I notice you have changed your icon! I like lavender, hope one day, I will visit Provence too!
It is my dream to visit Provence Michael!
Yes, the gravatar is a nice younger looking version of me 🙂
Haha, I was wondering what it was. I remember asking you about your previous gravatar too 🙂
Yes you have an excellent memory! The supine self-satisfied cat no longer was working for me 🐱
I was intrigued by your previous gravatar!
Thank you! It worked for 2 years 🙂
Both are interesting!
Astounding colours Michael!
Thank you, vagabonder!
Wow! What a wonderful post! Yes I agree it is worth travelling to wander through flowers like that. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for visiting my blog and liking my posts. It is much appreciated! Happy travels! 😄
Hi Maria, you are most welcome! Thanks for visiting my blog too 🙂
On a California road between San Jose and Half Moon Bay there are fields of flowers where companies grow them for their seeds. Like in Japan they are very colorful and orderly. Great photos.
Would be interested to view them. Regards, Michael
I would love to see this with my own eyes!! Its beautiful!
Go there in the summer time!
Very Nice photos. May you always find the beauty in nature.
…… Not only finding them but also sharing with you all!
too great, i can’t help but falling in love to the wonderful carpet of flowers.. really wanna go there >,<
Wish you would visit this place soon!
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too great, i can’t help but falling in love to the wonderful carpet of flowers.. really wanna go there >,<
Thanks for reblogging this on, upilupita!
I am so glad you liked one of my posts as I have now discovered your wordpress site and all your stunning photos. I look forward to keeping up with your travel experiences and viewing all your previous posts.
Hi Tracey, you are welcome. I am glad that you like my posts. Hope to see you around more in the future!
I prefer flowers in their natural self the best too. Not my liking arranging them this way. Nevertheless, the colours are incredible!
You are so fortunate to have been able to see so much of this beautiful world!
Thank you for sharing 🙂
Yes, it is a bit too orderly!
These pictures are truly incredible. I have never seen anything like this. It makes me want to travel to Japan; and now more than just to see Tokyo Disneyland! Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos.
Think Japan has many sights better than Disney!
I didn’t know. I wish it wasn’t so far for us, but we want to go some day.
I am sure you will enjoy!
Hello Michael. Superb photography ! Despite being a lot in Japan I haven’t been to Hokkaido. Your pictures convince me I should do.
In my view, Hokkaido is a must visit destination!
All I can say is “WOW!!!” Beautiful pictures and it’s wonderful to see God’s creation, as well as humans making art of the flowers in the shape of a flag! Thanks so much for sharing!:)
My brother and family are there right now, a bit out of season though. I think the flowers in July are the best!
Gorgeous photos… definitely worth the trip! 🙂 ♥ ❤
Yes, not to be missed!
Amazing and great photos.
Wow, that looks amazing. What an explosion of colors?
A rainbow on the ground!
Yes it does look like that.
Great images and stunning colour! 🙂
Glad that you like it 🙂
The colors envelop me – so absorbing of one’s site. (I did not realize the date of the year but I am pleased I have seen the visual art from your photographs. Thank you) j.k
The photos are now a few years old but memory persists 😊