5 best sunflower fields in the Kanto Region

If you’re lucky, you can see Mount Fuji past the sunflowers just over Sagami Bay.
If you’re lucky, you can see Mount Fuji past the sunflowers just over Sagami Bay.

5 best sunflower fields in the Kanto Region

by Click
Live Japan

Bright yellow sunflower fields are a source of happiness during the hot Japanese summer! Here we will introduce five spots in the Kanto region to see this beautiful and iconic summer flower.

The best time to visit sunflower fields near Tokyo is from late July to August. The spectacular sight of a field of yellow sunflowers against a bright blue sky will leave you exhilarated! You can find them in Tokyo's residential areas and in farms and parks located in Tokyo’s suburbs. Why not enjoy summer by visiting some sunflower fields?

*Flower bloom times differ every year.
*Depending on the situation, the date of the event and its contents are subject to change. Upon making your way to each venue, please make sure to avoid crowds and take careful countermeasures against Covid-19.

1. Himawari Garden Musashimurayama: Tokyo's Largest Sunflower Field Will Leave You Smitten!


These sunflowers healthily facing the sun are growing healthily. (Photo: PIXTA)

Himawari Garden Musashimurayama, located in a residential area of Tokyo, is the largest sunflower field in the city. Here around 100,000 flowers bloom. From July to August, it’s become a tradition for Musashimurayama City to welcome the many people who visit this popular spot.

Once at the sunflower field, you can enjoy watching large sunflowers compete for space as they bloom. What’s more, the fact that it’s only an hour away from Shinjuku Station by train makes it all the more attractive.


(Photo: PIXTA)

You can find approximately ten varieties of sunflowers throughout the park, including the hybrid sunflower and big smile sunflower. Also, the Claret sunflower with its burgundy, black, and wine-red coloring as well as Monet’s pallet with its diverse mix of red and yellows are definite eye-catchers.

Offering views that will soothe your soul, this field has somewhat of a nostalgic atmosphere to it. Even with continuous days of hot weather in Tokyo, visiting this field will leave you feeling refreshed. There are also sections of the park that will tug at your heartstrings. It’s said to be a good omen if you find these spots as a couple!

Best time to view: mid-July

Scale/Number of flowers: Approximately ten varieties and 100,000 flowers

Himawari Garden Musashimurayama
Period: From July 23rd 9:00a.m. (scheduled) *The dates and times are subject to change depending on when the sunflowers bloom.
Admission: Free *Parking costs 300 yen per vehicle.
Closed: Still to be confirmed
*The event may be canceled or content may change depending on the situation. For updates, please visit the official website.

Health & Safety Measures
Sanitizer installed - Guests are required to wear masks

Himawari Garden Musashimurayama’s Offical Website

Himawari Garden Musashimurayama ひまわりガーデン武蔵村山
Address: 1460, Midorigaoka, Musashimurayama-shi, Tokyo 208-0012
Nearest Station: A ten-minute walk from Kamikitadai Station on the Tama Monorail
TEL: 042-565-1111 (Tourism Promotion Sector of the Collaboration Promotion Department)

2. Zama Sunflower Festival: A Garden Where 550,000 Beautiful and Picturesque Sunflowers Bloom


We recommend stopping by the Zama area where approximately 440,000 sunflowers bloom.

The official flower of Zama City in Kanagawa Prefecture is the sunflower. Every year in mid-August, the city holds the Zama Sunflower Festival. It takes an hour and a half by train or bus from Shinjuku Station to get to this event.

The festival is split into two areas: the Zama sunflower field and the Yotsuya sunflower field. In total, this amounts to over 5.5 hectares of land filled with approximately 550,000 sunflowers.

People from all over visit this venue to enjoy the beautiful scenery. Also, you can take an even closer look by walking on the path that leads you through the waist-high sea of sunflowers!


In 1994, it was selected as one of the 100 Best Flower Spots in Kanagawa.

Every year, observation decks are placed around different parts of the facility. This allows you to take in a sweeping view of the entire sunflower field. Also, a sunflower picture-taking contest is held around the same time, providing you with the opportunity to get gorgeous shots of these flowers.

During the duration of the festival, you can enjoy purchasing fresh-cut flowers, farm products, and other specialties. In addition, there are many other fun events, such as catching sweetfish with your bare hands.


The walkway and the observation deck offer different but enjoyable atmospheres.

Best time to view: mid-August

Scale/Number of flowers: Around 550,000 sunflowers
*Around 440,000 at the Zama sunflower field and around 110,000 at the Yotsuya sunflower field.

Zama Sunflower Festival
Period: August 11th - 14th
Open: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Venue: Zama area in Zama City and the Yotsuya area
Admission: Free
Closed: Open throughout the event period
*The event may be canceled, or content may change depending on the situation. For updates, please visit the official website.

Zama Sunflower Festival (Zama Area) 座間ひまわり畑 (座間エリア)
Address: Shindenjuku, Zama-shi, Kanagawa 252-0026
Nearest Station: Take a temporary direct bus (fare required) to the Zama Sunflower Festival from Soubudai-Mae Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line.
TEL: 046-205-6515 (Zama City Tourist Information Association)

Zama Sunflower Festival (Yotsuya Area) 座間ひまわり畑 (四ツ谷エリア)
Address: Yotsuya, Zama-shi, Kanagawa 252-0025
Nearest Station: Get off at either Sobudai-Mae Station or Zama Station on the Odakyu Odawara Line. Take a bus going to Yotsuya for five to ten minutes, and get off at Zama Jinja Mae Bus Stop. The festival is a ten-minute walk from this stop.
TEL: 046-205-6515 (Zama City Tourist Information Association)

3. Akeno Sunflower Festival: A Glorious Sea of One Million Sunflowers


The main variety of sunflower found in this field is the double-blooming Tohoku yae sunflower.

The Akeno Sunflower Festival is held annually from late August until early September in the Akeno district of Chikusei City, Ibaraki Prefecture. Double-petaled sunflowers known as the Tohoku yae sunflower cover a field of around four hectares. Here you can enjoy the view of over a million beautiful yellow flowers.

The dark yellow field of sunflowers, the greens and purples of Mount Tsukuba, and the clear sky of early autumn make it the perfect scenic spot! Besides the Tohoku yae sunflower, there’s a mini sunflower garden where you enjoy a few different varieties of mini sunflowers.

What’s more, during the festival, you can cut and wrap Tohoku yae sunflowers to take home (300 yen for five sunflowers, a wrapping fee of 100 yen). It’s also lively with other fun activities, including live music, food stalls, an event called sunflower candle night, and a sunflower market.


Sunflowers basking in the light of the sunrise along with a magnificent view of the beautiful Mount Tsukuba.

Best time to view: late-August to early-September

Scale/Number of flowers: Tohoku yae sunflowers and mini sunflowers, a total of around one million

Akeno Sunflower Festival: *The event for 2022 is still to be determined.
Period: Late August to Early September
Venue: Akeno Fureai no Sato(Close to Miyamama Furusato Fureai Park
Admission: Free
Closed: Open throughout the event period
*The event may be canceled or content may change depending on the situation. For updates, please visit the official website.

Akeno Sunflower Field 明野ひまわりの里
Address: 504, Miyayama, Chikusei-shi, Ibaraki 〒300-4504
Nearest Station
Access:
・Train Route 1: Take the train to Shimodate Station on the JR Mito Line. From there, take the Chikuseishi Koiki Renkei Bus bound for Tsukuba-san-guchi for 30 minutes. Get off at Akeno Shisho Mae Bus Stop and walk for 20 minutes.
・Train Route 2: Take a twenty-minute taxi ride from Kurogo Station on the Kanto Railway Joso Line.
・By car: Take the Joban Expressway on the Tsuchiura-Kita Interchange for 40 minutes, and the Yawara Interchange for 50 minutes. You can also take the Kita-Kanto Expressway on the Sakuragawa-Chikusei Interchange, or the Ken-O Expressway on the Joso Interchange for 30 minutes.

4. Yokosuka Soleil Hill: An Exhilarating and Glorious Collaboration Between Sunflowers, the Sky, and the Sea!

Yokosuka Soleil Hill is located in Kanagawa Prefecture’s Yokosuka City. From Tokyo, it takes about two hours by train and bus. From French, Soleil translates into the word sun, a perfect name for a park filled with sunflowers!

You can find a 5,000-meter-long garden at the entrance of the park. What’s more, at the 1,000-meter-long sunflower garden, you can find some 100,000 of them in full bloom. On a sunny day, the blueness of the sky and sea act as a beautiful contrast against the bright yellow sunflowers, making for a photogenic and scenic spot.

You can also find a sunflower-inspired menu at the facility’s restaurants and fast-food shops. You can also purchase sunflowers sold at workshops, take part in a stamp rally, and enjoy the photo spot set up in the field for a limited time only.

Yokosuka Soleil Hill is an interactive park where you can enjoy the surrounding nature and animals. It has a petting zoo (admission: 320 yen per person for anyone over four) and other paid attractions. This includes a water playground for children as well as a summer vegetable harvesting event held on weekends and holidays (separate fee).

With all of these activities, there’s no doubt that you’ll have a fun-packed day!


Enjoy scenery reminiscent to sunflower fields abroad.

Best time to view: late-July to mid-August

Scale/Number of flowers: Approximately 100,000

Health & Safety Measures
Sanitizer installed - Ventilation measures in place - Staff wear masks, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature - Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell - Guests are required to wear masks

Yokosuka Soleil Hill’s Official Website

Yokosuka Soleil Hill 長井海の手公園 ソレイユの丘
Address: 4 Chome, Nagai, Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa 〒238-0316
Nearest Station
・Access: From Misakiguchi Station on the Keikyu Railway, take the bus bound for Soleil-No-Oka and get off at the final stop (takes approximately 15 minutes.).
・By car: Approximately ten minutes from the Hayashi Exit on Miura Jukan Road
Phone Number: 046-857-2500
・Period: 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (March to November), 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (December to February)
・TEL: 046-857-2500
・Closed: Open daily
・Admission: Free *Paid attractions can be found in the park

5. Narita Dream Dairy Farm: Snap the Perfect Shot With Fields of Two Varieties of Sunflowers


During the blooming period, over 900,000 sunflowers can be found throughout five facilities.

Just two hours away from Tokyo Station, the Narita Dream Dairy Farm holds a 'Sunflower Festival' each year. The theme for 2022 is 'Town'!

The festival is split into two sections, a 'Tall Sunflower Garden' with high-reaching hybrid sunflowers that have a strong impact, and a 'Short Sunflower Garden,' with smaller, cute sunfinity sunflowers. Any photos taken here are sure to be a hit on social media!

If you want to take a nice photo of your children or pets, we recommend stopping by the mini sunflower garden where sunfinity sunflowers bloom.


A photo contest of who can post the best sunflower maze photo to Instagram is being held.


Narita Dream Dairy Farm’s 2020 winner titled this photo: Himastagram

Additionally, there are many activities that you can enjoy as a family! This includes a photo contest, as well as a 'Sunflower Post Service' run by a goat!

Also, you can find limited-time sunflower dishes such as sunflower pizza and sunflower curry at the restaurant. For those who enter the sunflower maze, you get a discount coupon for the farm’s soft-serve carefully made with fresh milk.

What’s more, you can interact with the farm animals such as goats, sheep, and ponies through a range of activities. This includes cow milking (free) and a butter-making workshop (650 yen).

There are also fun events unique to the farm, such as archery (600 yen) and fishing at a fishing pond (800 yen). Even if you decide to stay at the farm all day, you’ll be spoiled with all the options it has to offer. Your trip to Narita Dream Dairy Farm is sure to be an unforgettable summer memory!

At Narita Dream Farm, there is an English-language map (guidebook), and some of the signs and precautions are written in English. The official website is also available in English and Chinese.


You can enjoy taking some photos with stylish goats at the sunflower field.

Usual Best Time: late-July to late-August

Scale/Number of flowers: Hybrid sunflowers and sunfinity sunflowers: a total of over 900,000

Sunflower Festival: The Sunflower Smile Project
Period: late-July to late-August
Venue: Tall Sunflower Garden, Short Sunflower GardenNarita Dream Farm’s second garden, etc.
Admission: Middle school students and up (1,450 yen), age three and up (700 yen)
*Tall Sunflower Garden admission 350 yen.

Health & Safety Measures
Sanitizer installed - Guests are required to wear masks-temperature checks enforced

Narita Dream Farm’s Official Website

Narita Dream Farm 成田ゆめ牧場
Address: 730-3, Nagi, Narita-shi, Chiba 〒289-0111
Nearest Station
・Access: A ten-minute free shuttle bus ride from Namegawa Station on JR’s Narita Line.
・By car: Take the Ken-O Expressway on the Shimofusa Interchange for two minutes.
Phone Number: 0476-96-1001
・Hours: Weekdays (9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), Weekends and Holidays (9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) *last admissions are an hour before closing.
・Closed: Open daily

Prepare to be moved by the beautiful scenic sight of these golden sunflowers! A field of sunflowers against the background of a blue sky is something you have to experience at least once.

It’s best to come to see them within a week after they bloom, so before making your way to the venues, please check online for when the peak period is.

*All the prices shown in the article include tax.
*The best time to see the sunflowers may change depending on the weather conditions.
*Due to the spread of COVID-19, there may be some changes regarding business hours, holidays, service methods, when the event is held, and the event’s contents.

 

Via Live Japan

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