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Written by MATCHA-NEWS
Relish a stunning purple sea of 50,000 lavender flowers in full bloom at Tambara Lavender Park, which can be easily accessed by train and bus from Tokyo! The facility offers lavender-picking workshops, lavender-flavored treats, as well as various types of fragrant souvenirs.
You may have seen pictures of the stunning and hugely popular Furano in Hokkaido recently, as Furano's vast lavender fields turn into an incredible sea of purple every summer.
Despite its beauty and huge popularity, for many, it’s not easy to take a trip to Japan’s northernmost Hokkaido region to see this stunning sight of nature. However, there is a breathtaking lavender park located not far from Tokyo!
Located in the Tambara Highlands of Gunma Prefecture, the beautiful Tambara Lavender Park becomes an ocean of lavender in summer, from mid July until mid August.
The Tambara Highlands are a hugely popular summer getaway spot for those living and staying in Tokyo. Due to its altitude, the average temperature in August is 25°C (77°F), a whole 5°C (41°F) cooler than the Tokyo metropolitan area.
The park is not only stunningly beautiful but offers some unique, highly Instagrammable lavender-flavor treats that cannot be tasted elsewhere! These include their purple lavender soft-serve ice cream, lavender scones and even cold lavender ramen with purple noodles!!
Visitors can also purchase original lavender-based products at the park, such as essential oils, soaps, lip and hand creams, room mists, and potpourri.
The park also offers a popular lavender-picking experience, where visitors can pick and take home lavender to use as potpourri or keep as dried flowers.
Many other flowers can be seen blooming in the park too, and visitors can also enjoy stunning gardens of sunflowers and hydrangeas.
If you find yourself in the Tokyo area until mid-August, do visit the Tambara Lavender Park for an unforgettable day of fun outdoors!
Location: Gunma, Numata, Tambara Highlands
Access: 45 minutes by taxi from Numata Station. From July 16 until August 15, there is a complimentary shuttle bus service available for the first 20 visitors departing at 10:40 from Numata Station (*reservation required).
Alternatively, you can take a city bus on the Kashozan Line (no. 324 or 325) departing at 9:20 or 12:26 from Numata Station; the city bus reaches Tambara Lavender Park in approximately one hour and 7 minutes (*this bus line is available only on Saturdays and Sundays).
Park Opening Period: July 9 - August 21
Hours: 18:30 - 17:00 (last admission 15:45)
Best Season for Viewing Lavender: From mid-July until mid-August
Admission: 1,000 yen (free for children up to junior high school age)
Website: https://www.tambara.co.jplavenderpark/ (Japanese)
Source: PR Times
Written by Kat
Main image courtesy of PR Times