Hues of Hokkaido  

Hues of Hokkaido

The Japanese prefecture of Hokkaido is known the world over as a winter wonderland. But once the snow melts, it"s not long before the northerly island becomes a summery extravaganza of color. Just outside the town of Biei in central Hokkaido"s hilly highlands, gardeners cultivate a rainbow blanket of tulips, lupine, marigolds, dahlias, and many more flowering plants. So wide is the assortment here at Shikisai no Oka (meaning "Hills of Seasonal Colors") that if you visit between April and October, you"re sure to find at least one type of flower in full bloom.

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