Hokkaido facility gives visitors chance to harvest lavender flowers

Children and other visitors have picked lavender flowers at a tourist facility in Hokkaido. The business is offering guests opportunities to gather the blossoms.

About 1000 lavender plants are in full bloom in a 1,200-square-meter field at Sapporo Hitsujigaoka Observation Hill in Sapporo City. Visitors can gather and take home up to 50 stalks per person free of charge.

On Thursday morning, many people, including children from a local kindergarten and tourists, enjoyed the event.

They used scissors to carefully cut off the flowers and took pictures.

A mother with a two-year-old child said she liked the nice color and smell of the flowers. She added that she was happy to be able to experience nature with her child.

A senior official at the facility said that he would like the visitors to smell the scent of the flowers and enjoy them at home even after they are dry.

The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day until July 18.