Hokkaido Summer

Sunflower Field in Hokuryu (Himawari no Sato)

Hokuryu Sunflower Village in Hokkaido is a must-see destination for visitors traveling around Hokkaido in summer. The stunning field of sunflower in this little town would make your trip a great adventure.

With a lot of incredible places to see, Hokkaido’s summer is very special for a number of reasons. One of the best summer highlights of Hokkaido is this iconic Sunflower village. There are many flower fields and gardens to explore in Hokkaido including the ones you find in Furano and Biei in central Hokkaido.

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Sunflower Field in Hokuryu-cho, Hokkaido. Photo Credit: portal.hokuryu.info

Himawari no Sato (Hokuryu Sunflower Village) is seen as the biggest sunflower field in Japan. It is unique, beautiful and a majestic sunflower garden you would ever visit in the land of the rising sun.

City life has never made me happy, so I always had to go for somewhere else where I can see eye-catching landscapes.

Instead of visiting Tokyo’s Disneyland, I would prefer to go to this sunflower garden and be part of nature. This journey to Hokuryu will take you into a world of silence and pleasure.

Therefore, let’s go and find it from A to Z including useful travel guides of Himawari no Sato.

Where is it Located?

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It is so beautiful!

Himawari no Sato is located in a small town called Hokuryu-cho in Uryu district, Hokkaido. About 2000 people live in this town. It is only 120 km away from JR Sapporo station, taking less than one hour and 50 minutes by train.

Sometimes we ignore exploring small cities, but if we think ourselves as real a explorer then why not to give it a shot? Hokuryu has a treasure! Yes, it has! Don’t you think that hosting the country’s biggest sunflower garden is a treasure?

To me it is much more than that though. Neither could it be found in Tokyo nor in Kyoto but only in Hokuryu. That’s sound pretty awesome!

About Hokuryo Sunflower Village/Himawari no Sato:

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Himawari no Sato! What a Beautiful Sunflower Field! Photo credit: Tzuhsun Hsu at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Hokuryu Sunflower Village is the largest and most beautiful sunflower field in Japan. I really have no idea about the biggest sunflower garden in the world, but I am pleased to see one in the land of the rising sun, which is picturesque and an extraordinary place to behold.

It is a huge sunflower field covering a land of 23.1 hectares. At the peak time your eyes would witness about 2 million sunflowers of different varieties in the vast filed. Is not it amazing? It would make you that this place is worth returning for.

The year of 1979 was the remarkable year for every resident in Hokuryu. That’s the year when for the first time sunflower cultivation had begun by Hokuryu agricultural cooperative staffs. Hokuryu’s fertile land and favorable weather helped to grow millions of sunflowers.

In 1987, the first sunflower festival (Himawari Matsuri) was held in order to spread it throughout the country. Once it was started, it never stopped until a natural disaster (tornado) had hit it in June 29, 2001.

Here, I want to inform you about a thing that seems to me a great activity. Students of Hokuryu-junior high school “the world of Sunflower” start their seeding process with the help of teacher’s guidance.

It is a great voluntary work; they make holes, put the seeds in and cover it. They usually think it as a fun job though seeding 30 different kinds of sunflower seeds is not an easy task at all. It takes time to get the job done successfully.

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Sunflower Town Hokuryu. Photo credit: Tzuhsun Hsu at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

Based on this natural wonder, the authority decided to open a restaurant, shop stall, tourist office, sunflower tourism center, sightseeing tractor service, road station sunflower hokuryu, world sunflower corner, bicycle rental service, parking space, water mill, several observatory platforms, and duck ranch for visitors.

There is also another interesting thing to do that I believe you must try out. It is called sunflower maze! This is a fun way to enjoy your trip.

The admission to this sunflower village is free of charge, but there is a donation box where you can donate some money and could receive sunflower seeds!

Hokuryu-cho Himawari Matsuri (Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival):

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Awesome Fireworks Display in the Evening, Hokuryu.

Every seasonal matsuri (festival) in Japan represents the natural beauty of Japan. Himawari matsuri that was originated back in 1987 is now one of the top summer sightseeing spots in the Hokkaido region.

It is held every year in July. There is no fixed date but once it begins it stays for a month. Though expected month is in late-July.

To witness its utmost beauty you have got to come here in early-August. Don’t forget it! This is the best time to visit the sunflowers village and appreciate its beauty.

The field is covered with millions of shiny sunflowers that would overwhelm you at once. This year, Hokuryu-cho would host the 37th sunflower festival starting from July 22 to August 20.

Date: July 22 – August 20, 2023
Venue: Hokuryu-Cho Sunflower Village

Do you think that only viewing tons of sunflowers is the main attraction of this festival? That’s not true.

Apart from enjoying that part you are welcome to see fireworks display, Song performance, YOSAKOI, Hokuryu drum, Bon Odori performance, duck farm, shopping from the shop, riding bicycle, sunflower maze, leisurely speed tractor ride, visiting sunflower tourism center and photographing the beautiful landscapes.

In addition, you must try traditional Japanese dishes and sample drinks at the restaurant.

Staring at the Sunflower Field:

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Beautiful Sunflower Field Landscape in Hokuryu, Hokkaido.

I like staring at the sight of the yellow sunflower field as far as the eye can see. It brings me an inner peace in my mind. It is relaxing and most importantly it takes me away to somewhere else where I could breathe joyfully.

You can do the same as I do whenever I get to this spot in summer. I made few trips to this sunflower field before. Every time I visited this site it has paid me off.

I did not care how much money I had spent for making every single trip to this field. I always thought of this as one of my dream destinations. My dream came true and I would come back there as long as I am able to get there.

Do you wish to make it as one of your dream destinations? Who knows, someday you would be marveling at those millions of sunflowers – it feels like they are very happy to see you there as their guests.

Best time to visit Himawari no Sato

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Tourists Really Love “Himawari no Sato”

The best time to visit Himawari no Sato is between late July and mid August. In general, at this time of year sunflower festival takes place. You are suggested to visit the area in early August.

Therefore, the first week of August is the best time, and it is the full bloom period of sunflower. Though, sunflowers start blooming in mid July. Many visitors arrive there from different parts of Japan and abroad.

I met few American tourists at Himawari no Sato and their opinion was to me “Wow! Your country is breathtakingly beautiful & a lot of things to experience” – I was honored hearing such comment! I think they all thoroughly had enjoyed everything they experienced at this sunflower village.

Things to do in Hokuryu Except Viewing Sunflower Field

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Sightseeing Tour Car “Himawari No” – Photo Credit: portal.hokuryu.info

There is a place called “Road Station Sunflower Hokuryu Onsen” where you can hang around and see its impressive dragon gate, shopping center, restaurant, hot springs and etc.

It is situated 1.5 km away from the sunflower village to the north. If you have any doubt of finding this place then don’t hesitate to ask locals or employees at the tourist centre.

There is a sunflower maze which is created for both for kids and adult. You can have fun spending few times there. You will have to pay 300 YEN (per person) to take this service. It is located near the pond duck.

Bicycle rental is available, so here is another fun thing to do. Paying with only 100 YEN, you can rent a bicycle for an hour.

Himawari Tourist Center provides you various things to experience such as having traditional Japanese dishes at restaurant inside this center; you can rest as long as you want since chair-table is provided for visitors. You can find shop there and buy some beautiful souvenirs from.

You can find small cottages in the shade of trees. Have some rest there when you get tired of strolling along the paths in the sunflower park.

Viewing sunflowers while riding on the sightseeing tour car is a must do thing here. Adults have to pay 500 YEN and for children it is only 300 YEN. So if you have got two kids you will have to pay 600 YEN!

Other things you could do are listening to songs performed by locals, drum performance, sunflower park golf tournament, fireworks display, and photographing.

My Experience at Himawari no Sato:

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Hukuryu’s Sunflowers will Overwhelmed You!

It is my pleasure to share my travel story with you here. As I have been there several times in the past, I know how incredible this place is. Most of the I visited this flower field when the sunflowers on the hill slopes were in full bloom.

If there is a place of beautiful blooming world of sunflower then it is the Himawari no Sato. Millions of sunflower planted on the slopes of the hills which sounded to me like a paradise.

I rented a bicycle and roamed around the sunflower field, I almost went to the edge of the site of sunflower village. WOW! How nice! Apart from this, I ate watermelon, enjoyed shows and the fireworks display.

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Even though the weather is cloudy there sunflowers don’t seem unhappy at all.

I met with new people there who were also tourists like me. They asked me to go to souvenir shop with them, I could not say “No” because I really enjoyed their intimacy. We had soft-served ice cream and Udon noddles there and believe me the shop was full of sunflower goods!

The day I was viewing the sunflower field it rained for a little while and after raining I saw a beautiful rainbow. That’s the moment which is unforgettable.

You can’t compare the summer weather of Hokkaido with Tokyo if you have not experienced them both separately yet. In fact, Hokkaido’s summer is much better than Tokyo’s summer. Pleasant breeze with a sunny day was a perfect day of traveling around, and I fully enjoyed my whole trip.

Useful Information for Visitors:

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Sunflower Souvenir Shop at Hukuryu.

1) The sunflower village/park is open for 24 hours during the festival time and the admission is free for all.

2) There is a big parking spot though it is limited to 500 cars only. You will not have to pay a single penny for parking your car.

3) The best time to see sunflower here is “Early-August.

4) You can load free wheelchairs and strollers from the tourism center.

5) Wheelchair accessible toilet is also provided with general public toilet.

6) Sunflower tourist center provides free Wi-Fi facility for visitors.

Access:  How to reach to Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Village?

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Riding Bicycle!

The sunflower village is accessible by train, bus, or car. The distance between JR Sapporo Station and Hokuryo Sunflower Village is approximately 120 km

You can rent a car from Sapporo city and enjoy a drive to Hokuryu. However, whether you take a car, bus or train, it would take at least 2 hours to reach there.

If you prefer a train journey, get on the limited express train from JR Sapporo Station to JR Takikawa Station. Then take the bus to the sunflower village, and make sure to get off in front of Hokuryu-junior high school. Alternatively, you can get there by highway bus operated by Hokkaido Chuo Bus.

Check the bus timetable.

Are visiting the site from Asahikawa city? You can take a train to from Asahikawa Station to Fukugawa Station, and then transfer to the bus that goes to Hokuryu. Please note that the bus departs from Fukugawa Hospital.

Attention!! You can enjoy a day trip from Sapporo city!

Hokkaido Chou Bus is offering a day bus trip to Hokuryu, Biei and Farm Tomita. You can take this awesome opportunity just spending 7,100 Yen for adult and 3,900 Yen for Children with lunch included.

The bus departs at 8:10 AM, from Sapporo Station bus terminal. Hurry up, click here for online reservation.

Would you Take a Trip to Hokuryu this Summer?

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Smiley Sunflower in Hokuryu. Photo credit: Tzuhsun Hsu at Flickr through Creative Commons licensing.

I don’t know what’s going on in your mind now. If you have passion for traveling and you do really love nature then why are you waiting for?

When you explore a place on the internet, I guess it is better to explore that in real life as well. Make a travel plan to Hokkaido, and pay a visit to Hokuryu. You will not regret for this trip, it is so rewarding!

To enjoy a splendid summer vacation in Hokkaido one must head to this beautiful sunflower village. Great moment does not come to us every day, we are the ones who have to find it somehow and somewhere else in the world.

Here is the address and telephone number given below if you still care!

Address & Phone Number:

Place: Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Village (Himawari no Sato)
Address: 143-2. Itaya. Hokuryu-cho, Uryu-Gun, Hokkaido
Date: July 22 to August 20, 2023
Tel: 0164-34-2082

Experience Hokkaido’s summer through this wonderful sunflower garden . It is a special destination for visitors who are planning to visit Hokkaido in August

Be sure to plan your trip accordingly and just don’t miss the sunflower matsuri there. Wishing you good luck. Thanks a lot.

31 Comments

  1. Laura Silva

    Great post! Thank you very much for this fantastic content! 🙂 🙂

    Could ypu please tell me if I will be able to see sunflowers on the 28th of August?
    Thank you once again!

    • Hi, thank you for your comment.
      I am sorry to inform you that you would not see sunflowers there on the 28th of August as they would be harvested after the festival ends.
      Therefore, I would like you to visit the area before August 21 if you can.

      Thank you so much!

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