While spring may be the best time to see cherry blossoms, tulips and wisteria, summer is when himawari (sunflowers) get their time to shine. You’ll find a number of sprawling fields in and around Greater Tokyo, where you can stroll through rows and rows of colourful sunflowers, eat sunflower-themed food, and even enjoy a sunflower maze.
The best time to see the flowers is from July through to the end of August, but some late blooming varieties will still be around in September. Here are our top sunflower spots to check out this summer.
Showa Kinen Park, Tokyo
This massive park in Tachikawa is where you can enjoy a unique hybrid variety of sunflowers known as Asteraceae. They also have a flourishing section of Sunfinity sunflowers. Currently, the Sunfinity variety have already started to bloom at Herb Hill near the park's Momoji Bridge. For the current status of the flowers, visit here.
Yokosuka Soleil Hill, Kanagawa
The annual Sunflower Festival at this park in Yokosuka is always a stunner. The seaside park boasts 100,000 sunflowers from mid-July to September and you might even be able to spot Mt Fuji in the distance over Sagami Bay. The free festival is currently on until September 19, and there’s also sunflower themed activities and food to enjoy while you’re on the grounds. For the current status of the flowers, visit here.
This gorgeous agricultural park in Kashiwa city is home to approximately 80,000 sunflowers which bloom from mid- to late July. The park is hosting a summer festival between July 16 and August 31 where you can stop by and enjoy the flowers in full bloom. Admission and parking are both free here and you can also pick up a number of original items on sale during including wind chimes and picture books. For the latest flowering status, visit here.
Sakura Furusato Square, Chiba
Enjoy expansive fields of sunflowers along with a picturesque Dutch windmill at Sakura Furusato Square. The grounds will be open from July 9 to 31 with approximately 15,000 sunflowers in bloom. There are multiple types of sunflower here including the popular Vincent’s Choice, named after the late painter Vincent van Gogh, whose sunflower paintings are famous around the world. Entry is completely free and you can check on the flowering status here.
Narita Dream Farm, Chiba
Enjoy two different varieties of sunflowers at this gorgeous ranch out in Narita where approximately 90,000 sunflowers are in bloom. The highlight of the farm is the winding sunflower maze where you can stroll along paths in between the blooms. During your visit, you can also sample a seasonal sunflower-themed menu, which includes dishes such as sunflower curry, a sunflower pizza, and a tempting burger.
The farm is currently open until the end of August (dates depend on weather and flowering conditions) and you can enter the ranch for just ¥350. For the current status of the flowers, visit here.
Endo Farm out in Saitama is home to brilliant sunflower fields as well as a bee farm that makes fresh honey from the sunflowers. At peak bloom, the field sees approximately 1 million sunflowers across ten different areas and also includes a sunflower maze. The area is completely free to enter and you can also pick up some honey before you leave. To see the current status of the flowers, visit here.
Akeno Himawari Festival, Ibaraki
The Akeno Himawari Festival in Ibaraki prefecture sits on a sprawling four hectares of land and boasts about 1 million sunflowers with a spectacular view of Mt Tsukuba in the background. The flowers here bloom a bit later in the summer – the festival begins on August 27 and runs until September 4. Entrance to the festival is free, but do note there is a charge of ¥500 per car if you are planning to drive and park at the field. For the current status of the flowers, visit here.
This article was originally published on August 12 2021, and updated on July 21 2022.
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