If you’re going to be taking a Summer drive through Niseko, there is a place I recommend you stop over. The “Higashiyama Flower Hills” adjacent to the Takahashi Farm Niseko Milk-Kobo. All around you can see fields of sunflowers, and when the weather is fine the backdrop of Mt. Yotei is breathtaking. Moreover, its all FREE! You can go around the sunflower field and taking excellent photographs of nature. How about some great memories of Summer?
The fields are best viewed in full bloom from second half of July to late August.
Even with the Hokkaido’s image of ’refreshing’ summers, the sunflowers bloom. When overwhelmed with this hillside of sunflowers there is no equal. The Higashiyama flowers fields is still relatively unknown but always growing in popularity. People passing by in their car may exclaim [Wow!], and park next door in the Takahashi Farm Nisseko Milk-Kobo to take some unobstructed photographs.
The picturesque scenery of the sunflower field with the distant view of Mt. Yotei
The combination of the sunflower fields with the backdrop of Mt. Yotei is spectacular! …or at least it should’ve been, but with luck like mine, Mt. Yotei (called the “Ezofuji”) was hidden behind clouds out of view. I’m sorry I can’t show it to you. Unfortunately, the weather won’t just change because I wanted to take some pictures. However, you can capture the atmosphere of this ’Dairy Kingdom’ in your photos, with the A framed roof structures in the distance of “The Hokkaido”.
Drop into the Milk-Kobo at the same time
The Takahashi Farm Nisseko Milk-Kobo next door is renown for its milk products, very rich and delicious, there are many die hard fans of their [Nisseko Drinking Yoghurt]. At the Milk-Kobo, they have their specialty Milk Sweets, which you can also enjoy ’eating in’, something to look forward to. It’s a little unfortunate that you can only get here by car, but it is relatively close to the Nisseko JR Station, so does not really feel too much out of the way. The best season is from late July to late August. The photograph was taken during Japan’s ’Obon Holidays’. Of course the best time to visit would be before or after Obon. For some lasting photographic memories of the Summer, head to the wide open spaces of the North, Nisseko!
Include this in your Niseko driving course
Nisseko is in the resort area of Hokkaido. It is very popular with residents of course, as well as local and international tourists. If there is a Higashiyama (Eastern Mountain) Flower Field, there must be a Nishyama (Western Mountain) one right? In fact there is, along Route 66, at what is called the “Panorama Line”, and it is also quite famous as I understand. The ’Panorama Line’ is certainly very wonderful, but the various places that Mt. Yotei can show you are really uniquely special. Also, you can’t help but point the car that way and see the limited time Summer landscapes at Higashiyama.
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