History of Farm Tomita

From the Meiji Era, a pioneering age, to the Heisei Era

This chronological table introduces the history of Farm Tomita through photos, from 1897 (Meiji 30), when Tokuma Tomita started plowing the wilderness of Nakafurano. He is the grandfather of Tadao Tomita, who launched lavender cultivation. The production of lavender for fragrances has declined from its peak, due to the growing importation of cheaper fragrances. After harsh days and years, photographers and travelers began to visit the farm, and the Tomitas launched what would become the lavender agronomy of today.

1903 Tokuma Tomita, the first generation of the Tomita line, comes from Fukui Prefecture and puts the first plow into the ground at the same site that the Farm Tomita is located now, where the beautiful Tokachi Mountain Range can be viewed.
1958 The cultivation of lavender for essence use starts.

The cultivation of lavender for essence use starts.

The family members of Tomita, with the "Traditional Lavender Fields" behind them.

1970 The total planting area of lavender reaches its largest at 230 ha. (the total area continues to decrease thereafter).

The total planting area of lavender reaches its largest at 230 ha. (the total area continues to decrease thereafter).

1976 The lavender fields of Farm Tomita are introduced on the calendar of JR throughout Japan. Tourists begin to visit the farm one after another.

The lavender fields of Farm Tomita introduced on the calendar of JR throughout Japan. Tourists begin to visit the farm one after another.

This wonderful scenery is chosen for inclusion in the calendar, and it brings luck to the farm.

1980 The farm launches the production of original lavender essential oil.
Fresh lavenders are put into a distillery of Tadao's own design.
About 50 cc of oil is extracted per distillation.
1984 "Furano," the first original perfume is produced.
1987 The production of original bathroom soaps launched for the first time.
1990 Farm Tomita's essential oil wins the first prize at the "Lavender Perfume Fair" in France.

Farm Tomita's essential oil wins the first prize at the 'Lavender Perfume Fair' held in France.

1993 Hanabito House opens.
1998 Tomita Lavender Museum opens.
2000 The greenhouse opens.
2003 Dried Flower House opens.
2008 Lavender East opens.
2013 Gallery Fleur opens.

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