Translated by Hilary Keyes
Sapporo's Horomitouge Lavender Garden Is Just Too Beautiful!
Written by Keisuke Yamada
Hokkaido means lavender, and lavender means Furano, but it's a two hour drive to Furano from Sapporo. 30 minutes from Sapporo Station will bring you to Horomitouge Lavender Garden.
For many people, Hokkaido means lavender fields, which in turn means Furano and its famous Lavender Field. In order to reach Furano and its fields, you first have to reach Sapporo, then drive for about two hours. Today, we would like to introduce a lavender field that visitors on a tight schedule can easily reach: Sapporo's Horomitouge Lavender Garden.
How To Reach the Lavender Garden
Starting point, Sapporo city's JR Sapporo Station
Horomitouge Lavender Garden is located in a place called Horomitouge, a location that most people have never heard of before. Found within Sapporo city, Horomitouge's closest station is Maruyama Koen Station, a 15 minute train ride from Sapporo station. From Sapporo Station, take the subway to Odori Station, then switch to the Tozai subway line, and get off at the third station.
There are no direct routes to the Horomitouge Lavender Garden, so once you reach Maruyama Koen Station, you will find it easiest to take a taxi to the facility. The trip one way will take about 10-15 minutes and cost about 1500 yen. In my case, it cost 1550 yen.
If you are going to be heading their by rental car, search for and input the address for 'Yume Kobo Sato' in your GPS. Horomitouge Lavender Garden is managed by the Yume Kobo Sato group.
For those who love to hike and have faith in their abilities, you can also walk along a mountain road from Maruyama Koen Station. There is also a bus from the station; take the Bankei Bus from the Maruyama Koen Bus Terminal and get off at the 'Horomitouge Iriguchi' (幌見峠入口) stop. Right in front of you is the ridge entrance; from there if you walk for about 30 minutes, you will find the Horomitouge Lavender Garden signboard. There are a limited number of buses that go in this direction, so before heading out, please check the bus schedule online.
On to the Lavender Fields
From the high elevation of the lavender field you can look out over the city of Sapporo.
With vast swathes of purple flowers, numbering over 5000, it wouldn't be an exaggeration to say that lavender fields are the representative landscape of summer in Hokkaido. And, with lavender in the foreground and the cityscape of Sapporo in the background, this is a view that simply cannot be enjoyed anywhere else.
Incidentally, this is what lavender flowers look like up-close.
Please enjoy the unique and relaxing scent of lavender to your heart's content.
Lavender For Sale
Bundles of lavender flowers like this are available for purchase here at Horomitouge Lavender Garden.
With postcards and natural lavender oils also for sale, please take a look at their shop after enjoying the incredible purple expanses of the Horomitouge Lavender Garden.
Horomitouge Lavender Garden (Yume Kobosato)
Address: Sapporo, Chuo, Bankei 471-110
Hours: 9:00-17:00 (parking open until 18:00)
Season: late July to late August
Nearest Station: Maruyama Koen Station (円山公園駅), subway
Access: 10 minutes by car from Maruyama Koen Station
Fees: Parking costs 500 yen
Phone Number: 011-622-5167
Website: Horomitouge Lavender Garden (Yume Kobosato)