Hokkaido is a riot of colors from late April onwards as flowers and trees across the island blossom and bloom. Unlike tropical mainland Japan, the summers are cooler and drier - so the flowers have more in common with US/Canada/north Europe. There are also flowers unique to Hokkaido.

These are just some of the most poular flowers:

Lavender, cherry blossoms, carpets of pinky moss phlox, lily of the valley, tulips, azalea, lilac, roses, dog tooth violets...

 There are many flower parks and gardens to visit, but they are popular local attractions and will be crowded at weekends, peak viewing times and national holidays. There are also special train and bus services for flower viewing, specially in the Furano and Biei area late June and July. Places like Farm Tomita in Furano are a major tourist attraction, so even though the lavender season is July/August - they make sure there are other flowers inside and outside for visitors at other times.

 But don't worry - just walking or driving around in Hokkaido, you are sure to see many flowers. Pick up leaflets in local tourist offices and visit some of the smaller parks and farms.Many small towns also have gardening festivals and communtiy planting events.

There is also a recent boom in English Style gardens:

Yurigahara Gardens, Sapporo http://www.sapporo-park.or.jp/yuri/ne...

Shichigu Garden, Obihiro http://kanko.pref.hokkaido.jp/flower/...

Yuni Garden, Yubari  http://kanko.pref.hokkaido.jp/flower/...

PLEASE don't ask us "Will I see XXX flowers on my trip?" because of course  flowers are dependent on the weather and we aren't fortune tellers.

Here are some websites to give you an idea:

 http://www.hanatairiku.jp/english/ind...

http://kanko.pref.hokkaido.jp/flower/...

http://www.farm-tomita.co.jp/en/

http://www.lavenderfurano.com/

Biei

FInally- don't forget the flower ice cream! Lavender icecream...rose ice cream....cherry ice cream.... it's all here....