Talk about picturesque, eh? :b
View from near the top of Nakufurano's Lavender Park
of the beautiful surrounding countryside
Puppet Ponyo wants people to admire the
sunflowers that also were growing in that park!
As luck would have it, at Nakafurano train station, visitors were handed discount coupons -- which I thought were for park admission fees until my mother and I got to the Nakafurano Lavender Park and found that it was a ski lift ride that would take one up and down the hill that doubles as a ski slope in the snowy winter!
Imagine this scene if you can: you get on the ski lift and as you individually glide up the hill, piped music fills the air, there's a riot of colors courtesy of lines of beautiful flowers below -- and then, when you get to the section closest to the lavender, this lovely smell wafts up to greet you. It may sound like a dream or fantasy -- but if you go to the Nakafurano Lavender Park, that scene actually becomes reality! How wonderful is that?!
And for those who wonder if it's as beautiful in reality as in the photographs: I can only say yes, it truly is. Also, that I feel really fortunate that I happened to visit that part of Hokkaido at the optimal time of the year for viewing the lavender and many of the other flowers that grow there.
Next up: The photo-essay I promised in the previous blog entry -- honest! But aren't you glad I also put up this blog post with some beautiful photos in their own right to further whet your appetite? ;b