Synonymous with summer, the dynamic, tall yellow sunflowers in various shapes, sizes, and colors are a sight to behold. Including the popular sunflower viewing spots at Showa Kinen Park in Tachikawa City, Tokyo, and Narita Yume Farm in Narita City, Chiba, here are the 16 best places to witness the spectacular summer "sunflower fields" in the Kanto region.
Showa Kinen Park (Tachikawa, Tokyo)
Showa Kinen Park is an oasis in Tokyo with an area about 40 times the size of Tokyo Dome with a variety of flowers blooming in each seasons. Aside from mustard fields and tulips, the sunflower field in summer is one of the most beautiful sights not to be missed here.
Over a vast site of more than 4,000 square meters, two types of sunflowers, Hybrid Sunflowers and Sunfinity Sunflowers can be seen. While the Hybrid Sunflowers have large heads , the Sunfinity Sunflowers over by the hill are shorter and smaller than those of ordinary sunflowers.
In addition to sunflowers, Showa Kinen Park has a variety of other plants in different areas, as well as a variety of restaurants and stores.
This is a good place for families with children and people who want to enjoy the whole day.
Access: Depending on the gate, the access to the park varies. However, the closest is 2-minute walk from Nishi Tachikawa Station on the JR Ome Line to Nishi Tachikawa Gate. See here for the map of the park in detail to figure out the best way to access the park.
Himawari Garden Musashi Murayama (Musashimaruyama City, Tokyo)
Himawari (Sunflower) Garden Musashi Murayama is one of the largest sunflower gardens in Japan, with about 500,000 sunflowers. Every year in May, people from the town, mainly elementary and junior high school students, plant seeds, and during the open season from July to August, about 20,000 people visit the garden to see the sunflowers in full bloom.
Access: 10-minute walk from Kamikitadai Station on the Tama City Monorail / Parking for 100 cars is available
Kiyose (Himawari) Sunflower Festival (Kiyose City, Tokyo)
The Kiyose Sunflower Festival started in 2008. Every year, about 100,000 sunflowers bloom on a vast farmland of about 24,000 square meters, turning the field bright yellow.
Admission is free, and during the festival, there are plenty of things to see besides the flower fields, such as photo contests, dance shows, and sales of vegetables harvested from nearby fields
From the north exit of Kiyose Station on the Seibu-Ikebukuro Line, take the Seibu bus bound for "Kiyose Station South Exit" on Route 61, get off at "Green Town Kiyoto" and walk 6 minutes.
From the south exit of Niiza Station on the JR Musashino Line, take the Seibu Bus No. 61 bound for Kiyose Station North Exit, and alight at Shimoyado Iriguchi and walk 3 minutes.
Nagai Seaside Park Soleil Hill (Yokosuka, Kanagawa)
At Nagai Seaside Park Soleil Hill, there are about 100,000 sunflowers in full bloom. Visitors can enjoy the sunflowers with the Ferris wheel in the background too. And if the weather is good, sunflowers with Mount Fuji in the background are a picturesque moment.
Inside the park, there are many leisure activities that you can enjoy for the whole day, such as the "Petting Animal Village" with kangaroos and capybaras, the attraction area, and the "Sea and Sunset Hot Spring" complete with an open-air bath. It is a great place to spend a relaxing day with your family.
Access: Keikyu Bus bound for "Soleil Hill" from Misakiguchi Station on the Keihin Kyuko Line, and get off at the last stop.
Zama Sunflower Field (Zama, Kanagawa)
The Zama Sunflower Field in Kanagawa Prefecture is the largest of its kind in the Tokyo metropolitan area. There are about 550,000 sunflowers in total at two locations. 100,000 sunflowers at the Kurihara site and about 450,000 at the Zama site, and the golden sunflowers bloom in two separate locations.
Temporary parking lots are available during events, but public transportation is recommended due to the expected traffic.
15-minute walk from Sobudaishita Station on the JR Sagami Line
From Zama Station on the Odakyu Line, take the bus bound for Zama Yotsuya, get off at Jinja-mae bus stop, and walk 10 minutes.
Isanuma Park (Kawagoe, Saitama)
Known to those in the know, a sunflower field of about 2,000 square meters appears on the east bank of Isanuma Park, which is known for its fireworks and ancient lotus in July.
In early July, Isanuma, the largest swamp in Saitama Prefecture and the second largest in the Kanto region, is also a great place to see lotus flowers. The lotus flowers bloom in the morning, so it is recommended to arrive at the site by 10 am.
Take the Kawagoe 06 bus from the east exit of Kawagoe Station on the JR or Tobu Tojo Line. Get off at Kamoda bus stop and its about 12-minute walk from there.
Kumagaya Sports Culture Park (Kumagaya, Saitama)
When you come to Kumagaya City in Saitama Prefecture, known as the hottest city in Japan, take a trip to Kumagaya Sports Culture Park. There is actually a flower alley called "Therapy Garden" here. Close to the Kumagaya Rugby Stadium and the track and field stadium, about 50,000 sunflowers are grown. The hybrid sunflowers all around with the dome in the background are so powerful that they seem to blow away the summer heat.
One of the best things about the Therapy Garden at Kumagaya Sports Culture Park is that there is a sunflower picking event (maximum of five sunflowers). And it's free. Scissors and plastic bags necessary for picking sunflowers will be provided on site, so you only need to bring shoes that you don't mind getting dirty. It would be wonderful to decorate your home with sunflowers that have grown up nicely.
From the north exit of Kumagaya Station, take the local bus bound for Kumagaya Dome. Get off at the last stop, and walk for 3 minutes.
Alternatively, take the bus bound for Inuzuka. Get off at Saikaen-mae, and walk for 5 minutes.
Hasuda Himawari (Sunflower) Field
At the Hasuda Sunflower Field, you can enjoy four types of sunflowers: Kids Smile, Hybrid Sunflower, San Marino, and Tohoku Yae Sunflower. This sunflower field is a summer attraction in Hasuda, which was originally idle farmland that was used to promote the local community. The 200,000 sunflowers that bloom in the 15,000 square meter field were grown entirely by the citizens. Volunteers help to clear the parking space and provide mowers. Also, pets and cosplay photography are allowed free of charge. During the peak season, various events are held, including Japanese drumming and music performances, as well as a giant 20m x 30m sunflower maze, which can be enjoyed by the whole family.
Access: From the east exit of Hasuda Station, take the Asahi Bus bound for Shimo-osaki. Get off at Negane, and walk 2 minutes.
Narita Yume Farm (Narita, Chiba)
Narita Yume Farm, one of the most popular tourist farms in the Kanto region, is also one of the best places to see sunflowers. There are a total of seven sunflower mazes in the area. They bloom at different times of the year, so you can enjoy them for a relatively long time. Each maze has a different theme so visitors can enjoy each one in a different way. There are animals in the middle of the maze, can view sunflowers from the trolley, and many more ways to enjoy the farm during sunflower blooming seasons.
Access: 10 minutes by free shuttle bus (no reservation required) from Namekawa Station / 1,000 parking spaces are available for a fee, so access by car is also possible.
Akebono Nogyo Koen/Agricultural Park (Kashiwa, Chiba)
An exotic sunflower field with windmills in the background can be seen at Akebonoyama Agricultural Park in Kashiwa City, Chiba Prefecture. The entire 2.2 hectare field is covered with large sunflowers in full bloom.
The best time to see them is from mid-July to early August. Sunflower Week is also held to coincide with the flowering season. Watermelon splitting, candy fishing, paddle boats, workshops and many other events are helod. No matter how many times you visit, you will be able to enjoy different events.
From the north exit of JR Abiko Station, take the Hanto Bus bound for Akebonoyama Koen Iriguchi. Get off at the last stop and its about 7-minute walk from there.
From the west exit of JR Kashiwa Station, take the Tobu Bus bound for Mitsui Danchi or Fuse Benten. Get off at Tsuchiyatsu Iriguchi and its about 8-minute walk from there.
Naka Himawari (Sunflower) Festival (Naka, Ibaraki)
Naka Sogo Koen is located in Naka City, next to Hitachinaka City, where the National Hitachinan Seaside Park, famous for its nemophila and kochia, is located. Hitachikaigan Park is not the only famous flower spot in Ibaraki prefecture. At the Naka Himawari Festival, one of the major festivals in Naka City, 250,000 sunflowers bloom in a field of about 4 hectares. The golden color of the sunflowers looks as if a yellow carpet has been laid out. The contrast with the blue sky is sure to be a hit on social media.
The event is usually held when the flowers are in full bloom. You can enjoy stalls, stage events, and a sunflower maze in the sunflower field. Finally, the finale is the fireworks display that lights up the summer night sky.
From JR Mito Station, take the Ibaraki Kotsu Bus and get off Iida-Kyokusho-mae bus stop. It about 16 minutes walk from there. Alternatively, its about 12-minute walk from Naka Sogo Koen bus stop on the Sidori Sogo Koen route from JR Mito Station.
Free shuttle bus service is available from the temporary parking lot when events are held. When no events are held, the Sunflower Field Lookout Parking Lot can be used.
Akeno Himawari (Sunflower) Festival (Chikusei City, Ibaraki)
At the Akeno Sunflower Village near Miyayama Furusato Fureai Park, you can see a vast field of sunflowers with the famous Mt.Tsukuba in the background. The flowers grown in this field are Yae Sunflowers with cute fluffy petals. The field is about 4 hectares in size and boasts one million yae sunflowers in full bloom. This is one of the largest areas in Japan where you can observe yae sunflowers. It is a spectacular sight to see the bright yellow color filling the entire area. The "Akeno Sunflower Festival" is usually held for about 10 days from the end of August.
Access: 30 minute taxi ride from Shimodate Station
Mashiko Town Himawari (Sunflower) Field (Mashiko Town, Ibaraki)
In the pottery town of Mashiko, there is a vast sunflower field of about 10 hectares, the size of two Tokyo Domes. Just a five-minute walk from "Roadside Station Mashiko", there are about two million sunflowers growing in a field as bright yellow as the sun. The event is usually held in mid-August. In addition to direct sales of local agricultural products (on weekends and holidays only), there is a free observatory where you can enjoy a panoramic view of the sunflower fields.
Access: 5 minutes walk from "Roadside Station Mashiko" / Access by car is recommended.
Nogi Town Himawari (Sunflower) Field (Nogi Town, Ibaraki)
The Himawari (Sunflower) Festival, held every year in late July is a major summer event in Nogi Town, famous for flowers and bricks. About 300,000 sunflowers are in full bloom on the 4.3 hectare site, and there are many events to enjoy during the festival, such as a sunflower maze, pony rides, sunflower train rides, and mini live performances. In addition, the helicopter ride over the sunflower fields is a very popular event that people line up for every year.
The main venue is on the south side of Nogi Daini Junior High School, east of Nikko Kaido near Watarase Yuuzuike Pond.
Approximately 30 minutes walk from Nogi Station (West Exit) on the JR Utsunomiya Line
Fukiage Area Himawari (Sunflower) Field (Midori, Gunma)
Unlike other sunflower festivals, the sunflowers here at Fukiage Area are in full bloom in fall. The usual blooming period is from late September to mid-October. About 120,000 sunflowers bloom in the scenic Fukiage area on the east side of Mount Shikadayama.
During the flowering period, various events are held, such as direct sales of local products and Japanese drum performances. Don't miss the "kasagake" (shooting a bow from a horse) in a field of sunflowers.
20 minute walk from Iwajuku Station on the JR Ryomo Line.
- Gunma Prefecture Midori Kasakake blow district
Hokuto City Sunflower Festival (Hokuto City, Yamanashi)
Hokuto City in Yamanashi Prefecture is proud to present its 600,000 sunflowers, and the 360-degree panoramic view. At the Akeno Sunflower Field, one of the best sunflower fields in Japan, visitors can enjoy panoramic view of Japan's most famous peaks, Kaikomagatake, Kayagatake and Mt. Fuji in the distance with the sunflowers.
At the Hokuto City Akeno Sunflower Festival, you can see sunflowers at three different venues at different times of the year. At the main site, which is the largest, the best time to see sunflowers is from late July to mid-August. There are also pictograph sunflowers and a sunflower maze across the street from the Yamanashi Prefectural Flower Center Heidi no Mura, where you can enjoy sunflowers in a variety of ways.
The main venue of the festival is at Akeno Sunflower Village (5664 Asao, Akeno-cho, Hokuto City, Yamanashi) which is 20 minutes taxi ride from Nirasaki Station on JR Chuo Main Line.
Alternatively, from Nirasaki Station, take the Kayagatake/Mizugaki Denen Bus bound for Mizugaki Sanso, and get off at Heidi no Mura Clara Kan (Heidi's Village). From there, its about 5 minutes walk.