You really have to see Farm Tomita to believe it: try to imagine huge fields of brightly coloured flowers blooming like a rainbow. The Japanese tend to go wildest over the lavender, but the seasonal fields produce just as many squeals of delight.

The cafe and gift shop sell lavender-infused products including soft creams, puddings, jellies, pastries and soft drinks.

This place is so popular that from June to September, JR actually opens up a temporary train station known as Lavender Batake (ラベンダー畑; Lavender Farm) to accommodate the influx of visitors. Otherwise, the closest station is JR Naka-Furano.