Hokuryu Sunflower Festival 2022: Cultural Adventure

Hokuryu Sunflower Festival 2022

Hokkaido is known for its beautiful nature. Even for the Japanese, Hokkaido is considered the best place to visit when it comes to nature. The prefecture is known for its powdery snow, fresh delicious fruits, and vegetables, and its vast flower gardens.

Hokuryu Sunflower Festival 2022

Speaking of flower gardens, the town of Hokuryu in the Sorachi Subprefecture is popularly known for its sunflower village. The Hokuryu Sunflower Village currently has a total land area of 23.1 hectares. From mid-July until mid-August each year, it holds the Hokuryu Sunflower Festival. During the festival, there might be 1.5 to 2 million sunflowers on the field. Sunflower cultivars produced here include hybrid Sunflower, Spring Rinzo, Summer Rinzo, and Hana Rinzo.

Team Nicerio attends the Hokuryu Sunflower Festival 2022

Himawari soft cream

Hokkaido's Hokuryu Sunflower Festival continues to be a popular summer event. It has a sunflower labyrinth, the Himawari-go sightseeing vehicle, bicycle rentals, souvenirs, and snack stores selling sunflower-themed items and products. My family and I enjoyed the Himawari soft cream.

Hokuryu Sunflower Festival 2022 souvenir

My family and I drove to Hokuryu last August 6, 2022, which was also my 278th day as an ALT in Japan. Additionally, it was our first weekend road trip since purchasing a car. Witnessing an entire field turn yellow was an incredible experience. Next year, we would return to see the Hokuryu Sunflower Festival again.

Hokuryu Sunflower Village Admission Fee

It's FREE to enter the Hokuryu Sunflower Village. However, you need to pay to enter the maze and also experience the sightseeing car Himawari-go.

Hokuryu Sunflower Village Operating Hours

The best time to visit Hokuryu Sunflower Village is from mid-July to late August when the sunflowers are in full bloom and the town is celebrating the Hokuryu Sunflower Festival. The village is open from 9 AM to 6 PM.

Why visit the Hokuryu Sunflower Village?

Hokuryu Sunflower Village is a highly recommended destination during the summer season. You should visit during the Hokuryu Sunflower Festival. You would surely enjoy the beautiful sea of yellow created by millions of sunflowers. Don't forget to buy some sunflower-inspired souvenirs to bring home to your family and friends. 

Getting to Hokuryu Sunflower Village

Hokuryu Sunflower Village is best visited by car. However, if you’re coming from Rumoi City, you can ride the Dohoku Bus bound for Asahikawa and board down at the Furusaka bus stop. However, from there, the roadside station is still 2.7 kilometers away which means that you have to walk for about 30-40 minutes to reach the roadside station.

Bus fare: 890 yen

Travel time: 1 hour and 30 minutes




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