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10 Best Sunflower Fields in Japan 2021: When and Where to Go To See Stunning Kansai In Bloom!

10 Best Sunflower Fields in Japan 2021: When and Where to Go To See Stunning Kansai In Bloom!

Date published: 22 May 2021

Sunflowers, known as himawari in Japanese, are the one type of flower that really symbolizes summer! These large, dynamic flowers stretching towards the sun have become a popular sight in Japan, resulting in the creation of numerous sunflower fields dotting the country.

Expanding as far as the eye can see, flower-lovers can view these enormous sunflower fields at various parks and farms during the summer months of July and August.

Here we’ll introduce our 2021 picks for the top 10 sunflower fields in Japan's Kansai region, including western Japan’s largest sunflower park in Hyogo alongside those in Kyoto, Osaka, and more!

*Flower blooming periods may change depending upon the year.
*Due to the circumstances, event dates, times, and details may change. After confirming the latest information on each location's official homepage, make sure to avoid crowds and practice thorough antivirus protection measures.

Table of Contents
  1. 1. Nanko Sunflower Field: An Entire Scene Buried in Yellow!
  2. 2. Ono City Sunflower Hill Park: A City of Sunflowers in Japan!
  3. 3. Awaji Farm Park England Hill: Brimming with Sunflower Events!
  4. 4. Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park: Seasonal Flowers and Fun Activities!
  5. 5. Sakai Green Museum Harvest Hill: Get Up Close with Animals and Plants!
  6. 6. 1st Nagisa Park: A Sunflower Hotspot Near Lake Biwa
  7. 7. Shiga Farm Park Hill of Blume: A Slice of Germany!
  8. 8. Umami Kyuryo Park: A Relaxing Space Surrounded by History!
  9. 9. Aito Marguerite Station: A Roadside Sunflower Field!
  10. 10. Ayabe Fureai Ranch: Farmland Sunflowers!

1. Nanko Sunflower Field: An Entire Scene Buried in Yellow!

1. Nanko Sunflower Field: An Entire Scene Buried in Yellow!

Located in the town of Sayo on the western edge of Hyogo Prefecture, the Nanko Sunflower Field can be found between 2-6 kilometers on foot from Harima-Tokusa Station, which is reachable from JR Himeji Station.

Between mid-July to early August, several sunflower fields planted in succession will bloom and paint the town in enchanting shades of yellow.

Each year, the local farmers diligently cultivate their collection of sunflowers, which take about 60 days to grow large to bloom from mid-July successively.

For 2021’s iteration, there are plans to grow roughly 820,000 sunflowers across four districts, which will bloom during the Himawari Festival between July 17 and August 1.

There are also plans to hold a “World Sunflower Garden” and “Sunflower Maze” (7/25~8/1). For the latest event information and blooming reports, check out the official homepage.

Health & Safety Measures
Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature - Guests requested to wear masks - Temperature checks enforced - Social distancing measures in place

  • Nanko Sunflower Field
    南光ひまわり畑
    • Address Around the Nanko Sports Park area, Hayashisaki, Sayo, Sayo-gun, Hyogo 679-5212
    • Nearest Station 20-minute walk from Harima-Tokusa Station on the JR Kishin Line (Nanko Sports Park)
    • ・TEL: 0790-82-2521 (Sayo Commerce and Tourism Division/Weekdays 8:30am - 5:15pm)
      ・Hours: 8:30am - 5:00pm
      ・Admission: 200 yen, elementary school children and younger are free
      ・Closed: Open every day during the event period

2. Ono City Sunflower Hill Park: A City of Sunflowers in Japan!

2. Ono City Sunflower Hill Park: A City of Sunflowers in Japan!

The Sunflower Hill Park is located west of Kobe City alongside National Route 175. Reachable after a 35-minute bus ride from Ono Station, late July will see the park transformed into an assortment of roughly 380,000 hybrid sunflowers.

Visitors can take photos from benches in the middle of these gorgeous sunflower fields in Japan, yielding incredible, Instagram-worthy photos. Those who visit within a week after peak bloom will be given their own sunflower to take home.

Of course, you can also bring your own scissors and cut down a sunflower of your choice (check the homepage in advance for the schedule).

The park also boasts the huge “Wanpaku Square” playground, along with shops and restaurants offering local goods.

Health & Safety Measures
Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature - Guests requested to wear masks - Temperature check enforced - Social distancing measures in place

  • Sunflower Hill Park
    ひまわりの丘公園
    • Address 1545-321 Kiyotanicho, Ono-shi, Hyogo 675-1317
    • Nearest Station Take the “Ranran Bus” from Ono Station on the Kobe Electric Railway Line. Get off at “Himawari no Oka.”
    • ・TEL: 0794-62-1147 (Sunflower Hill Park Center Management Office)
      ・Hours: 8:30am - 10:00pm *Park Center open until 5:00pm
      ・Admission: Free
      ・Closed: Open daily

3. Awaji Farm Park England Hill: Brimming with Sunflower Events!

3. Awaji Farm Park England Hill: Brimming with Sunflower Events!

Located in Minamiawaji City on the south of Awaji Island, Awaji Farm Park England Hill can be accessed after a 65-minute bus ride from Sannomiya.

The expansive park offers seasonal vegetable picking, petting zoos, and other activities allowing visitors to get in touch with nature.

Between mid-July to late August, the park farm will hold the “England Hill Sunflower Daisakusen 2021” festival, which will see over 100,000 hybrid sunflowers envelop the park in a charming elegance.

The main sunflower field, which hosts a collection of 50,000 flowers, is expected to come into full bloom during mid-August.

With a heart made of sunflowers, swing benches, balloon releases, soap bubble events, and other great photo opportunities aplenty, guests of all ages are bound to have a great time here! (The 2021 iteration is currently undecided.)

Health & Safety Measures
Plastic partitions installed - Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature - Petting zoo and animal feeding is currently closed - Reservation system in place - Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell - Guests asked to wear masks, disinfect their hands, and have their temperatures checked - Entry declined to anyone with a temperature above 37.5 degrees

  • Awaji Farm Park England Hill
    淡路ファームパーク イングランドの丘
    • Address 1401 Yagiyogikami, Minamiawaji-shi, Hyogo 656-0443
    • Nearest Station Take an express bus from JR Osaka Station or JR Sannomiya Station and change at the Sumoto Bus Center for the transit bus heading for Fukura. Disembark at “England no Oka.”
    • Phone Number 0799-43-2626
    • ・Hours: 9:30am - 5:00pm (changes seasonally)
      ・Admission:
      - Adults 1,000 yen
      - 4 years - Junior high school: 200 yen
      ・Closed: See official website for details

4. Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park: Seasonal Flowers and Fun Activities!

4. Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park: Seasonal Flowers and Fun Activities!

Located in the northern district of Awaji Island, the Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park can be reached from Sannomiya after a 45-minute bus ride.

The spacious park bursts with elegant seasonal flowers and luscious greenery, with summer enjoying 15,000 sunflowers of 12 different varieties.

Our recommended sightseeing spots are the “Rainbow on the Earth South Flower Bed,” “Poplar Hill,” and the “Utsuroi Garden.” From mid-July, sunflower varieties such as the “sunrich sunflower” will bloom, followed in succession by other varieties until mid-August.

For those with kids in tow, the park is packed with fun activities, including the sprawling “Yumekko Land” playground and the “Forest of Children.”

There is also the “Yume Hacchi-go” tram-car linking the Higashiura Gate and Awaji Gate, which runs on an ever-changing course showcasing seasonal flower highlights (300 yen for an all-day ticket).

Health & Safety Measures
Disinfection of facilities and equipment, etc. - Sanitizer installed - Ventilation measures in place - Coin trays used - Plastic partitions installed - Staff wear masks - Limitations on entrance during events - Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell - Guests requested to use masks

  • Awaji Island Akashi Kaikyo National Government Park
    淡路島国営明石海峡公園
    • Address 8-10 Yumebutai, Awaji-shi, Hyogo 656-2306
    • Nearest Station Take the West Japan JR Bus or Honshi Kaikyo Bus (Oiso-go) from the Sannomiya Bus Terminal at JR Sannomiya Station. Get off at “Yumebutai Mae” and walk 3 minutes. Or get off at “Seirei Awaji Byoin Mae” and walk 5 minutes
    • Phone Number 0799-72-2000
    • ・Hours: 9:30am - 5:00pm (July 1 - August 31: until 6:00pm, November 1 - March 31: until 4:00pm, tickets sales close one hour before)
      ・Closed: Mon-Fri during the second week of February, New Year’s
      ・Admission:
      - Adults (15+): 450 yen
      - Elementary school or younger: Free

5. Sakai Green Museum Harvest Hill: Get Up Close with Animals and Plants!

5. Sakai Green Museum Harvest Hill: Get Up Close with Animals and Plants!

A 20-minute bus ride from Izumigaoka Station, Sakai Green Museum Harvest Hill is a farm/park allowing interactive experiences with animals and nature.

The numerous flower beds boast stunning seasonal flowers all year round, with sunflowers taking over a 3,000m² space between early to mid-August. 2021 will see around 60,000 sunflowers of the “sunrich orange” variety bloom in a magnificent display.

As this stunning sunflower field in Japan sits on an incline, skilled photographers will be able to capture pictures totally engulfed by sunflowers.

The park also presents Instagram photo contests, sunflower-based gourmet menus, and an assortment of hands-on experiences at the “Himawari Summer Festa.” The latest event details and flower information can be found on the official homepage.

Health & Safety Measures
Park and facilities are disinfected, sanitized, and cleaned - Sanitizer installed - Ventilation measures in place - Plastic partitions installed - Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature - Capacity and seating arrangements have been altered - Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell - Customers are required to wear masks and undergo temperature checks

  • Sakai Green Museum Harvest Hill
    堺・緑のミュージアム ハーベストの丘
    • Address 2405-1 Hachigamineji, Minami-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka 590-0125
    • Nearest Station Board the Nankai Rosen Bus heading to “Harvest no Oka” from the Izumigaoka Station Bus Terminal Number 6 Stop. Disembark after roughly 20 minutes.
    • Phone Number 072-296-9911
    • ・Hours: 10:00am - 5:00pm (park entry until 4:00pm)
      ・Admission:
      - Adults: 1,000 yen
      - 4 years old - elementary school: 600 yen
      ・Closed: Wednesdays in June, July, December - February (excluding summer/winter holidays), January 1

6. 1st Nagisa Park: A Sunflower Hotspot Near Lake Biwa

6. 1st Nagisa Park: A Sunflower Hotspot Near Lake Biwa

Located on the shoreline of Moriyama on the eastern side of Lake Biwa, 1st Nagisa Park can be reached after a 40-minute bus ride from Moriyama Station. The captivating charm of this beloved viewing spot was officially recognized in Japan’s Top 100 Shorelines - a beauty that rapidly intensifies between mid to late July as the park’s striking sunflowers enter full-bloom! Covering an area of 4,000m², over 12,000 sunflowers smother the land in a radiant yellow, forming a breathtaking contrast against the backgrounds of Lake Biwa and the Hira Mountains.

With plenty of trails perfect for walking or cycling, plus the stunning winter rapeseed blossoms of January and February, 1st Nagisa Park is well-worth visiting any time of year!

(*If the car park is full, please use the Misaki Park car park instead.)

Health & Safety Measures
Customers are required to wear masks and social distance

  • 1st Nagisa Park
    第1なぎさ公園
    • Address Imahamacho, Moriyama-shi, Shiga 524-0101
    • Nearest Station Take the Ohmi Railway Bus from Moriyama Station heading to the Lake Biwa Marriott Hotel. Disembark at “Daiichi Nagisa Koen.”
    • ・TEL: 077-582-1266 (Moriyama Tourism and Products Association 9:00am - 5:00pm)
      ・Hours: All day
      ・Admission: Free
      ・Closed: Open daily

7. Shiga Farm Park Hill of Blume: A Slice of Germany!

7. Shiga Farm Park Hill of Blume: A Slice of Germany!

Hill of Blume is a farm/park modeled on a traditional German farming community from the middle ages. Offering exciting hands-on farming experiences, the park can be reached after a 50-minute bus ride and a 10-minute walk from JR Omihachiman Station.

Peaking between mid-July and late August, the park’s main sunflower field will be made even bigger for 2021, with over 100,000 flowers of 12 different varieties!

You can capture some exciting European-inspired photography by venturing inside the flower fields and taking a shot framed by German houses - no one would ever guess you’re in Japan!

In addition to the main flower field, there are additional flowerbeds accommodating 8 varieties of sunflowers equally worth checking out.

The “Himawari Festa” sunflower festival will also light up the park with a sunflower-inspired food menu and vegetable-picking experiences. With loads of shops, restaurants, athletic tracks, and play equipment, there’s easily a day’s worth of fun to be had here!

Health & Safety Measures
Park and facilities are disinfected, sanitized, and cleaned - Sanitizer installed - Facilities are disinfected after each customer - Ventilation measures in place - Plastic partitions installed - Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature - Capacity is been readjusted - Limit on entry - Reservation system in place - Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell - Customers are required to wear masks and undergo temperature checks

  • The Shiga Farm Park: Hill of Blume
    滋賀農業公園ブルーメの丘
    • Address 843 Nishioji, Hino-cho, Gamo-gun, Shiga 529-1628
    • Nearest Station Take the Ohmi Bus heading for the Kitabataguchi Bus Stop from the south exit of JR Omihachiman Station. After 50 minutes, get off at Habanocho and walk for 10 minutes.
    • Phone Number 0748-52-2611
    • ・Hours:
      - March - November: 10:00am - 5:00pm (weekends/public holidays from 9:30am)
      - December - February: 10:00am - 4:00pm
      Admission:
      - Adults (junior-high and above): 1,000 yen
      - Children (4 years old - elementary): 600 yen
      - Infants (under 3): Free
      ・Closed: Wednesdays during March - November (open if public holiday, following Thursday is closed instead), Wednesdays and Thursdays during December - February (open if public holiday, following Friday is closed instead)

8. Umami Kyuryo Park: A Relaxing Space Surrounded by History!

8. Umami Kyuryo Park: A Relaxing Space Surrounded by History!

Umami Kyuryo Park is situated in the hilly region straddling the towns of Koryo and Kawai of Nara Prefecture.

Located on the Umami “Kofun” ancient burial mounds, the park center presents intriguing videos and dioramas exploring this fascinating ancient tradition.

The park is full of stunning flowers throughout the year, with sunflowers peaking during early August. In 2021, 6 areas of the park will be allocated to over 150,000 sunflowers of 30 different varieties alongside hibiscus, crape myrtle, and other summer flowers.

Visitors are free to enter most of the flower fields, allowing fantastic photography!

The park will celebrate its sunflower season with the “Umami Himawari Week” during early August, the details of which will be updated on the official website.

Health & Safety Measures
Staff wear masks, wash hands, sanitize - Temperature checks are enforced - Customers are required to wear masks and social distance

  • Nara Prefectural Umami Kyuryo Park
    奈良県営馬見丘陵公園
    • Address 2202 Samita, Kawai-cho, Kitakatsuragi-gun, Nara 636-0062
    • Nearest Station Take the Nara Kotsu Bus from Goido Station heading to Umami Kyuryo Koen. Get off after roughly 16 minutes at the final stop.
    • ・TEL: 0745-56-3851 (Nara Prefecture Chuwa Park Office)
      ・Hours: All day (Park Center: 9:00am - 5:00pm, entrance until 4:30pm)
      ・Admission: Free
      ・Closed: Open daily (Park Center closed on Mondays (following day if Monday is a public holiday) and the New Year period)

9. Aito Marguerite Station: A Roadside Sunflower Field!

9. Aito Marguerite Station: A Roadside Sunflower Field!

Located alongside National Highway 307 in Higashiomi, Shiga Prefecture, the Aito Marguerite Roadside Station offers drivers a fantastic collection of facilities and attractions exhibiting the area’s prosperous nature.

This includes locally picked seasonal fruits and vegetables, flower-arrangement classes, gardening shops, restaurants, and more! You can get here via a 20-minute bus ride from Yokaichi Station on the Ohmi Railway.

The roadside station’s Sunflower Garden opens between late June and mid-August and will present a breathtaking assortment of over 8,000 blooming hybrid sunflowers over an 8,000m² plot. You can even pick some to take home (5 flowers for 200 yen)!

The station also boasts rapeseed blossoms in April, cosmos in September, autumn sunflowers in October/November, and many more, making it a year-round haven for flower-lovers!

Health & Safety Measures
Park and facilities are disinfected, sanitized, and cleaned - Sanitizer installed - In-store ventilation measures in place - Plastic partitions installed - Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature - Entry declined to anyone who is feeling unwell - Customers are required to wear masks and undergo temperature checks

  • Aito Marguerite Station
    道の駅あいとうマーガレットステーション
    • Address 184-1 Imotocho, Higashiomi-Shi, Shiga 527-0162
    • Nearest Station Ride for 20 minutes on the Chokotto Bus (Aito) from Yokaichi Station on the Ohmi Railway. Disembark at Marguerite Station or at Aito Shisho.
    • Phone Number 0749-46-1110
    • ・Hours: 9:00am - 5:00pm (may change depending on the facility)
      ・Admission: Free
      ・Closed: Open daily

10. Ayabe Fureai Ranch: Farmland Sunflowers!

10. Ayabe Fureai Ranch: Farmland Sunflowers!

Allowing visitors to get up close with rabbits, goats, and other animals, the Ayabe Fureai Ranch can be accessed after a 10-minute drive from Ayabe Station.

During days with nice weather, the farm’s goats and sheep are allowed to roam free and interact with visitors, while feline-fanatics can play with adorable cats at the cat ranch!

The ranch’s peak sunflower season is from approximately July 20 until August 5, whereby 50,000 radiant sunflowers bloom over a 4,000m² plot of farmland.

As many are planted on the farm’s steep hills, you’ll be able to see from afar an endless field totally covered by sunflowers shining against the blue sky.

At the farm’s restaurant, “Heidi's Kitchen,” visitors can feast on a menu of yakiniku complemented by soft-serve ice cream made from the rich milk of Jersey cattle. You can also enjoy your own BBQ at one of the on-site cottages (reservation required).

Health & Safety Measures
Park and facilities are disinfected, sanitized, and cleaned - Sanitizer installed - Staff wear masks, gargle, wash hands regularly, and monitor body temperature - Customers are required to wash and disinfect their hands and shoe soles, wear a mask and social distance

  • Ayabe Fureai Ranch
    綾部ふれあい牧場
    • Address 81 Hinokuma, Iden-cho, Ayabe-shi, Kyoto 623-0221
    • Nearest Station 10-minute taxi ride from JR Ayabe Station
    • Phone Number 0773-48-1000
    • ・Hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm
      ・Admission: Free
      ・Closed: Tuesdays

Frolicking amongst the gigantic sunflower fields in Japan is one of summer’s purest joys! If you find yourself in Kansai this July or August, take the time to visit a sunflower field to allow yourself a touch of pristine nature and a break from stressful life.

As the sunflower period is considerably short, make sure to check online for the latest information before making any plans!

*All prices are including tax
*Event dates, times, and details are subject to change
*The information presented in this article is accurate as of May 2021. Always confirm the latest information on official homepages.

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Kiko Matsuda, Keiko Kimura, Risa Tsuji, and a team of female writers familiar with Kansai. We love eating, drinking and traveling! We share fun information based on our experiences.

*This information is from the time of this article's publication.
*Prices and options mentioned are subject to change.
*Unless stated otherwise, all prices include tax.

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