When you think of summer in France, it comes with an image of empty Paris (I refer to locals!) and wide lavender fields in Provence… When you think of summer in Japan, it may come with an image of lavender fields as well, though I bet you did not know that, until now.
Contrary to what you would expect, it is Hokkaido (the northern island) that is known for lavender fields. However, even if you are just in and around Tokyo, there is something you can do…i.e. go to a famous ski resort!
Okay, it will take 2-3 hours one way, yet, it is worth it, not to mention that you can use the opportunity to stop by a peach garden and get your snack right from the tree, indulge in hot springs, or see Fukiware Falls, just a few things among all that Gunma prefecture is famous for.
Coming back to lavenders, I truly admire whoever has created Tambara Lavender park. In winter time it is a famous ski and snowboarding slope, while lavenders are sleeping deep under the snow. In summer time, however, they just put another chair lift (next to the winter one) and voilà! You can go up to 1,350 meters and for a moment imagine that by some trick of magic you just moved through space from Japan to the Southern France.
And if by now, you do not feel happy enough, go for lavender ice cream (or two), they say ice cream has something that for sure makes people happy.