July-August: Lavender in Japan
A mere two-hour drive from Tokyo is a region completely dedicated to fragrant, beautiful lavender—the Nestled at 1,350 meters above ground level in the Kanto region, this park is home to over 50,000 lavender flowers.
Hop on the gondola lift at the entrance ($61 for a round trip) and drink in the bird’s eye view of flower carpets below. Climb up the Grand Observation Deck for an unobstructed view of Rainbow Field, where bright orange daylilies and golden sunflowers paint the field in stripes. On your way out, pick up a bunch of lavender goods such as fragrant soaps and fabric softeners—the anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties of lavender oils make them the perfect natural beauty product. Don’t miss the lavender soft-serve ice cream, available at kiosks around the park.
This year, the park’s open from June 25 to September 4, but we suggest visiting during mid-July to mid-August when these purple spikes blossom in full bloom. And if you’re lucky, you might even be able to make yourself a simple bouquet or hair wreath at the lavender picking experience, which is limited to 20 people per day.
$75 admission fee. Tambara Kogen, Numata City, Gunma Prefecture, (+81) 278-23-9311.
Tambara Lavender Park.