Our final stop in Furano was Farm Tomita, which is very famous for its lavender fields in July-August! Even though I had read so much about it being very popular, I was still shocked at the amount of people there. There were so many tour buses and people everywhere that it was a little overwhelming. The good thing though is that most of these tourists were running on tight schedules because they were on tour packages, which typically only allocate about 45 minutes to a stopover in Farm Tomita, so they were in and out pretty quickly. We, on the other hand, had about three hours to slowly enjoy the place!
The next thing that struck me about Farm Tomita, compared to the other Furano spots we visited, was the sheer SCALE of the place, and how there were so many things to eat/buy here. Truly a place that you can spend hours in!
First, we had to try the famous Yubari Melon! This was so sweet, and we got it at 200 yen a slice (discounted because we took the Kururu-Go bus – more on this in a later post!). We later found out that this was quite cheap compared to other places!
They also had SUPER SWEET REALLY REALLY SWEET UNBELIEVABLY SWEET white corn at 500 yen each. This seems very expensive but you have to try it. It was so good that we later returned for another one.
Also snacked on a croquette for 300 yen. This was yummy, but croquettes in Japan generally are, so it wasn’t that spectacular, especially given the price.
Next, I tried the lavender soft serve ice cream! I found it a bit odd… I enjoy smelling lavender but having it as a flavour is kinda weird.
Check out the colourful flower fields! (Also, it’s pretty much impossible to get a shot without someone in the background because the farm is just TEEMING with tourists.)
Photoshoot time with little bear!
I tried getting some pictures of my purple nails with the purple lavender but… there’s just something about purple that makes it difficult to capture accurately in photos. The photos usually end up with a bluish tint.
Purple in my hair!
After traipsing around the flower fields, we decided to stop for more food.
The potato with butter was SO GOOD. Totally regretting not having more!
Also grabbed a croissant + corn soup set because of how good the white corn had been, but… let’s just say that I should have stuck to fresh corn.
Total bill for the potato + croissant + soup was 610 yen!
Went around taking more photos after that!
There are actually plenty of cafes and shops at Farm Tomita – I wandered into one and bought some lavender tea leaves. The merchandise in all the shops are quite similar though.
We still had some time to kill so we decided to get more snacks. This is the melon bread (270 yen)!
Unfortunately, eating it made us realise that while the fresh food (eg corn or melon) may be super awesome, you shouldn’t expect much from the secondary products made from these foods. It usually ends up tasting too sweet or artificial. Fresh is always best!
… which is why we immediately had another fresh white corn after dumping the melon bread. Haha!
Goodbye Farm Tomita!