Day Trip to the Sunflower Fields of Hokuryu

Summer in Japan is when all the flowers are in bloom, and it’s also one of the best times to travel around Hokkaido, visiting the various farms. Around mid July-early August is when the sunflowers are in full bloom and the Hokuryu region is most famous for this.

Hokuryu (北竜町) is about a 2.5 hour drive from Sapporo city, and similar to a lot of Hokkaido, it’s not the most accessible via public transport. A train will take you so far before you need to taxi to the farm, but in summer there are typically many local day bus trips you can take (book a day trip here).

We did a short day trip to the sunflower fields, Himawari no Sato (ひまわりの里), and despite the poor weather, it was still a fun day. The farm has an undercover area with restaurants and souvenir shops selling a range of sunflower themed goods. One of the more interesting ones was sunflower ice cream! To be honest, I don’t really know what sunflowers taste like so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but it was a mixture of vanilla, with the flower and a slightly grainier texture. It’s not particularly unique or strong, but was still a tasty treat in summer.

Entry to the farm is free and there are fields and fields of sunflowers as far as the eye can see. There’s a small observation deck which offers an aerial view and even from up there, the sunflowers don’t end – it’s really breathtaking! For those who get a bit bored after a while, there is also a sunflower maze (entry fee required) and a duck feeding area with feed also available for purchase.

Our day trip only consisted of the sunflower fields as we had limited time, but for those with a full day, people typically also head to Asahikawa (旭川) which is known for their famous zoo.

Book a day trip to the Sunflower Fields, farms and more here

Himawari no Sato
Address: Himawari no Sato, Hokuryu-cho, Hokkaido
Cost: Free to enter and view + additional fee for activities

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