10 Things to Do in Nakafurano

Nakafurano (中富良野町)
10 Things to Do in Nakafurano

Nakafurano (中富良野町) is a town in the Kamikawa Subprefecture of Hokkaido, Japan. The name of the town is derived from the Ainu word " furanui ", which means smelly mud, rotten mud. This was likely because the area was mostly peatland years ago.

For those planning to visit the town of Nakafurano to check what it has to offer, here are the 10 Things to Do in Nakafurano:

Nakafurano manhole cover

1. Take a picture of the manhole cover of Nakafurano. So far, I have seen one unique manhole cover which is common in the central part of town.

Nakafurano Shrine

2. Visit the Nakafurano Shrine. You can pay your respects and offer prayers here any time of the day. You can also get a goshuin here.

Hokkaido Landscape Museum

3. Visit the Hokkaido Landscape Museum to appreciate the artworks of Shuichi Okuda. The wooden western-style building that was once a school was used as a filming location for Yoon Seok-ho's Shochiku movie "The Wind in Your Heart".

Lavender soaps and other herbal soaps can be bought in different souvenir shops in Nakafurano

4. Buy lavender-based products like soaps and perfumes during the lavender season.

Tomita Melon House

5. Visit Tomita Melon House and try their melon products. The fresh Furano melon and melon soft cream are some of the must-try products of Tomita Melon House.

Lavender and lavender-melon mix soft cream

6. Try the lavender soft cream. This super popular purple soft cream is available only in Farm Tomita. You can also buy the lavender-melon mix soft cream here if you want to taste two of the most popular soft cream flavors in the town.

Nakafurano Town Folk Museum

7. Visit the Nakafurano Town Folk Museum and learn about the history of the town.

Norokko Train

8. Ride the Norokko Train and board down the seasonal Lavander Farm Station. If you board the train from late June to early August, you will be able to see the beautiful lavender fields.

Hokuseiyama Observation Deck

9. Head up to Hokuseiyama Observation Deck to view the Furano Lavender Fields and Nakafurano Flower Park in early August and be fascinated with the scenery that made Nakafurano famous all around Japan.

Farm Tomita

10. Visit Farm Tomita from late June to early August and be amazed by the visually stunning colorful lavender fields. Don't forget to try the lavender soft cream or bring home some lavender-scented souvenirs for your loved ones. 

I hope my list of the 10 Things to Do in Nakafurano gave you an idea and inspiration to visit this small but charming town.



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