The Rainbow of Flowers in Biei and Furano, Japan

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.

409 thoughts on “The Rainbow of Flowers in Biei and Furano, Japan

  1. 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

  2. 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.

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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

    • 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

  5. 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

    • 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

  6. 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

  7. 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

    • 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

  8. 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

    • 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

  9. 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

    • 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

    • 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

  10. 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!

  11. 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.

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  13. 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.

      Safe travels,
      Michael

    • 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

  14. 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

  15. 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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  17. 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?

    Kieran

  18. 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 🙂

    • 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!

    • 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

  19. 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.

  20. 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!

  21. I agree with you that these flowers arer arranged too orderly. Flowers are definetly better running wild like nature intended.

  22. 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

  23. Hi 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
    Corinne

    • 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

    • Hi 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.

      Corinne

    • 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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  25. 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

  26. Hi Michael

    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,

    Corinne

    • 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

  27. Hi 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!

    Corinne

  28. 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. . .

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  31. 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.

  32. 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

  33. 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.

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    • 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

    • 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

  35. 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.

  36. 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.

  37. 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:-)

  38. 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!

  39. 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.

  40. 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

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  42. 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.

  43. 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.

  44. 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! 😄

  45. 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.

  46. 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 🙂

  47. 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.

  48. 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!:)

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