July-Au­gust: Laven­der in Ja­pan

HK Magazine - - TRAVEL -

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.

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