9. Sapporo: Biei Blue Pond & Furano Flower Farm Trip with Lunch
Immerse yourself in the serene natural wonders of Hokkaido on a day trip from Sapporo. Tour Furano’s blooming flowers, see nature in all its glory at Shirogane Blue Pond, experience tranquility, on a tractor ride through the gardens of Shikisai-no-Oka, and look at handicrafts at Ningle Terrace. Start your journey with a ride on the Biei Roller Coaster Road, a 2.5-kilometer straight road with significant elevation changes, known as one of the eight scenic spots of Furano. See majestic mountains on both sides with a vast countryside scenery. Get down at your first stop, Blue Pond in Biei, formed by volcanic lava flow. Gaze in awe at its blue reflection in sunlight. In the morning, the water appears even purer and bluer, creating a breathtaking sight. Feel like you’ve stepped into a wonderland with its misty and ethereal beauty. After 30 minutes at the pond, tuck into a buffet lunch and taste Hokkaido ice cream. Then, head to Shikisai-no-Oka (Hill of Four Seasons), and admire a sprawling 15-hectare flower field resembling a rainbow carpet, with various flowers blooming at different times of the year. Then, it’s time to ride on the Shikisai-no-Oka NOROCCO (tractor bus) to explore the vast Shikisai-no-Oka. Soak in the fragrance of flowers while enjoying the beautiful scenery of hills, snow-capped mountains, and colorful fields. Continue to one of Japan's oldest flower fields, Farm Tomita in Furano, a lavender-centric field that has been transformed into a large rural farm with up to 150 flowers. The lavender season usually begins in June. In mid-August, the winter greenhouse showcases various plants such as lavender and cosmos. Saffron starts blooming in mid-April, followed by daffodils and tulips in May. From the top of the flower field, covered with lavender, enjoy panoramic views of the Furano Basin and the Tokachi Mountain Range. Next, enter a fairytale world with a 30-minute visit to Ningle Terrace, a handicraft workshop in the green forest of Furano inspired by a character from the novel by Japanese author Tomonori Ware. Smell the scent of pine trees and admire a blanket of soft white snow lining the walkways. Wander around a collection of wooden boutique cottages that serve as shops selling unique handicrafts, mostly handmade, including glass crafts, paper crafts, hand-painted artwork, and crafts made from dried lavender flowers of Furano. After a day of immersing yourself in the blooming colors of the Hokkaido region, return to Sapporo.