Say Love to Purple – Summer Holiday in Hokkaido-


Come every July and August, there is romance in the air when the subtle purple colours and the soothing fragrance of the lavenders prop up all over the farms. With the cool summer days, this is certainly the best place for relaxation and a few snapshots.

The summer of Hokkaido is an air of purple. The celebrity of Hokkaido in summer is none other than the purple Lavender. As a matter of fact, there wasn’t any lavender in Japan until the lavender seeds were brought in from France in 1937 and farming of lavender began from then.

Most of the lavenders in Hokkaido are found in Furano, and hence this place is known as the Provence of the East. Out of the various farms in Furano, the best place to view the lavender is at Farm Tomita where the fl ower fi elds are rich and spectacular. Between every June to early August, the hill slopes and the plains are turned into a sea of purple.

Not only are there purple lavenders, there are also purple ice cream, purple tea, purple air freshener, purple soap, purple pillow, purple bus, purple motorcycle and even purple dress for the girls.If you love purple, this is the place to be immersed in the romantic purple. Even if you are not keen about this colour, you will also Say Love to Purple – Summer Holiday in Hokkaidoeventually fall in love with purple once you are caught in this ambience.

The Yubari melon is a “must eat” during summer. This honeydew species is so succulent and sweet that makes you crave for more. One Yubari melon which costs only about 3,000 Yen (about RM120) is really value for money.

Being a beautiful natural wonder, Hokkaido has everything to offer for outdoor activities. As its soil and climate are most suited for fruits cultivation, it is no wonder that fruit picking is one of the most popular activities in summer.

When the fruits are in season, many fruit orchards open their doors for visitors to pick their own fruits with an entrance charge. As the farmers do not use any chemicals on their plants, you may pluck and taste the fruit fresh from its tree.

From June when the strawberry makes its appearance until November when the apples are red, this is the period when many fruits are in season including cherry, peach, pear, grapes, etc. This is the time to enjoy the fun of fruit picking. Just pay for the fruits when you exit the farm.

Being surrounded by three oceans gives Hokkaido the advantage in abundance and varieties of seafood. Amongst the pride of Hokkaido are salmon, trout, cuttlefi sh, octopus, crab, sea urchin, cod, halibut, herring, shrimp, scallop and seaweed. Lets follow Apple Vacations to Say Love to Purple at Hokkaido this summer!

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