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Region
Hokkaido
Island
Hokkaido
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Sapporo
Population
5,682,950

Hokuryu Sunflower Village

Visit Hokuryu Sunflower Village to bask in a mesmerizing sea of sunflowers blooming in summer.

By Abhijit Sen

Every summer, nature puts on a spectacular show in the form of the Hokuryu Sunflower Village in Hokkaido. This breathtaking destination boasts a vast field of sunflowers that come into full bloom, creating a sea of yellow flowers under the summer blue sky. The Hokuryu Sunflower Village, located between Asahikawa and Sapporo, allows visitors to enjoy the stunning beauty of radiant sunflowers.

Hokuryu Sunflower Village

Hokuryu Sunflower Village

Photo by: PIXTA/二匹の魚 A sea of sunflowers.

Beyond its stunning natural beauty, the village provides a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, making it an ideal stopover for travelers exploring the Hokkaido region. Whether you’re embarking on a scenic road trip or seeking a serene retreat, the Hokuryu Sunflower Village welcomes you with open arms.

One of the village’s highlights is the enchanting sunflower maze, where you can lose yourself amid these vibrant flowers, creating unforgettable memories as you navigate through this natural labyrinth. For those looking to unwind, the Sunflower Park Hokuryu Onsen offers a rejuvenating retreat, allowing weary travelers to indulge in a soothing dip at this Dutch-style hotel known for its variety of baths.

Hokuryu Sunflower Festival

Hokuryu Sunflower Village

Photo by: PIXTA/ hiro cafe Hop on.

The Hokuryu Sunflower Festival, or Himawari no sato, has been captivating visitors since 1987. It showcases the mesmerizing sight of 2 million sunflowers covering 23 hectares. From late July to mid-August, the vibrant fields are open to the public, allowing visitors to wander through the cheerful sunflowers and capture picture-perfect moments. Recently, the festival attracted more than 200,000 visitors annually, highlighting the widespread appeal of this natural spectacle.

The Hokuryu Sunflower Festival also features the World Sunflower Corner, inviting visitors to marvel at over 30 different sunflower varieties, each contributing to the kaleidoscope of colors that adorn the fields. Additionally, the festival offers sunflower-themed culinary delights, including sunflower soft-serve ice cream, adding a delightful touch to the overall experience. As you plan your visit, rest assured that admission to the festival is free, providing access to the breathtaking fields of sunflowers. Visitors can also rent bicycles to explore the grounds at their own pace or take a leisurely tour of the fields on a colorful sightseeing bus.

With its natural splendor and idyllic charm, the Hokuryu Sunflower Village stands as a must-see destination during the summer months. Whether you want to relax, take memorable photos, or simply enjoy nature, this village promises an unforgettable and refreshing experience.

Things To Know

Hours and fees

The 38th Sunflower Festival will be held from July 20-August 18, 2024.

Business hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Entry: Free

Sightseeing car fee: Adults: ¥500, Children: ¥300

Groups of seven or more: Adults ¥400, Children ¥200

The sightseeing car travels around Himawari Village for approximately 12 minutes.

How To Get There

Address

By train

From Sapporo station to the fields in Hokuryu, take the Lilac Limited Express train or the Kamui Limited Express train to Fukagawa station. Then, catch a bus in front of Fukagawa Hospital. Get off at Hokuryu Junior High School, and it’s just a five-minute walk to the fields. Be aware that the bus schedule may vary depending on the day of the week.

By bus

Take the Chuo bus – Express Rumoi from Sapporo terminal, which takes around 120 minutes to reach Hokuryu town. If you want to go to Himawari no Sato, you can get off at Hokuryu Junior High School (a temporary stop during the Sunflower Festival).

By car

Use the Fukagawa-Rumoi expressway Chippubetsu IC and then follow R233 for about 10km to reach Hokuryu town. Another route is from Sapporo (approximately 100km) or Asahikawa (approximately 30km to Fukagawa and then approximately 25km on R233/275 to Hokuryu town).


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