Calm blue sky, puffy marshmellow clouds, a million sunflowers – the three elements which form the ever-picturesque view on various print and digital medias, were presented right before me at the Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival in Hokkaido. This biggest sunflower field in Japan transformed into a huge yellow landscape in the Hokuryu town every summer, with its annual Himawari (Sunflower) Festival held from mid-July to end-August.
Apart from the breathtaking view, I had a memorable time running along the paths of these sunny smiley blooms in the maze and taking lots of selfies. The sunflowers are such photogenic plants!
The yellow landscape from afar! ?
??? Such breathtaking views…..
A kawaii girl posing for her dad! Great modelling potential! ?
Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival
Venue: ひまわり観光センター & 駐車場, 北海道雨竜郡北竜町板谷１４３－２
143-2 Itaya, Hokuryu-cho, Uryu-gun, Hokkaido
Directions: From JR Takikawa Station, take the Chuo Bus to Hokuryu (40 mins ride) and alight at Hokuryu Chugakko Mae. 3 minutes walk to the sunflower field.
We rented a car and drove from Sapporo, which took us approximately 1.5 hours.
Charges: Admission to the festival is free. 300 yen to enter the maze. Scenic rides are available at 500 yen for adults and 300 yen for children.
There are also a few stores set up in the hall next to the field, selling some foodstuff, cold desserts and sun flowers-related merchandise.
Operating hours: 8am to 6pm
- Sunflowers thrive best in sunny environment, so do expect a hot and sweaty weather at the sunflower field and stay well protected in the sun!
- Bring along a paper hand fan.
- These lovely blooms are attractive to the bees and other small flies as well. Beware while walking in the maze and you may like to bring along your insert repellent.