Biei flower fields

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As we were driving towards Biei, we saw a car park and what looked like a flower garden so pulled over. This was Hills Town Biei where Derek, Paule and myself chose to walk around, while Anita and Lawrence opted to drive around in a buggy. It turned out that this vehicle had no reverse option, so route planning became important. It was lovely to be out in fresh air surrounded by flowers.

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One surprising thing about this flower garden was that it was free to enter! I guess it must have made its money from the vehicle hire and the food shop?

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We had some refreshments, then continued on towards Furano, stopping at the Hokusei-no-Oka Observatory Park for a view over the hills of Biei and Furano. Just like the cherry blossom season, there must be a best time to see the flower gardens and I think we were just a bit early to see the lavender bushes in full flower. When all the flowers are out and the distant hills are not covered in clouds, this would be a wonderful view!

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Just across from the carpark were a row of shops, all using different methods to tempt passers by. These padded dolls in Wellington boots didn’t quite work for me though! 

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