Sunflowers bloom beautifully in Japan for approximately two weeks. The sunflower heads grow heavier as time passes, making the flowers droop, so timing is important – but fear not as Fukuoka Now has done the research and below we present the details on four wonderful spots near Fukuoka to view these beauties.
Minami no Sato, Farmer’s Market in Chikuzen-machi
About 40,000 sunflowers in the middle of August can be enjoyed at “Minami no Sato” in Asakura City, where local fresh vegetables and fruits are on sale. Sunflowers inside the park can be picked up and taken home at (¥300/ten plants). (¥100 of the ¥300 fee will be donated to the affected areas of Kyushu’s recent heavy rain).
• Best time to view: Early to mid-August
• 40,000 sunflowers across 4,000 square meters
• Blooming period: early August to mid August
• Opening hours: 09:00 ~ 17: 00
• Closed: On the 3rd Wednesday (and on 8/23)
• Free parking available: 209 spots plus 4 spots for disabled parking
• Free (flower picking: 10 flowers for ¥300)
• Get off at Nishitetsu Asakuragaido Sta. or JR Futsukaichi Sta. and ride a bus heading towards Asakura City. Approximately 10 min. taxi ride after getting off at Shinokuma bus stop.
• 866 Minami, Chikuzen-machi, Asakura-gun, Fukuoka
Yanagawa Sunflower Garden
Bright yellow sunflowers bloom yearly at Yanagawa Sunflower Garden on five hectares of reclaimed land facing the Ariake Sea. Open from July 18 to July 30, you can also view the flowers in a different “light” at night as they will be illuminated from sunset to 21:00. Don’t miss out other activities such as sunset yoga (July 22, 18:30), fireworks (July 22, 20:00), eel catching (July 23, 11:00) and more! Shuttle bus service available in hourly intervals from Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station. Entrance is free, but there is an optional ¥500 donation towards maintenance of the garden.
・Best time to view: mid-July to end of July
・5 hectares, 500,000 flowers
・Blooming period: 7/18 (Tue.) ~ 7/30 (Sun.)
・Opening hours: 10:00~21:00
・Free parking available: 300 spots
・Free (optional ¥500 donation for maintenance of the garden)
・Shuttle bus running from Nishitetsu Yanagawa Sta. (east exit), ten round trips per day
・389 Hashimoto-machi, Yanagawa, Fukuoka
・0944-72-0819 (Yanagawa Mutsugoro Land)
Nokonoshima Island Park
Only ten min. by ferry from Meinohama, 30,000 sunflowers bloom in Nokonoshima Island Park right after marigold season. The park delays sunflower seed harvesting to give visitors a longer period to view the flowers. You can also cut a sunflower in bloom for yourself as a souvenir–we recommend placing it in an empty bottle of Nokonoshima cider to take home!
・Best time to view: end of July to mid-August (might change depending on the weather)
・1 hectare, approximately 30,000 flowers
・Opening hours: Mon. ~ Sat.: 9:00~17:30, Sun. and hol.: 9:00~18:30
・Parking available: Island Park: free, 30 spots, Meinohama parking lot: ¥500 per day, 300 spots
・Adult: ¥1,200, ES & JHS: ¥600, 3 years old & below: ¥400
・Ride the ferry from Meinohama Ferry Terminal to Nokonoshima (approx. 10 min.), then catch the bus from Nokonoshima Ferry Terminal heading to “Island Park” (approx. 15 min). Get off at the last stop.
・Nokonoshima Island Park, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
Yamada Sunflower Garden
Blooming from early to mid-November, the sunflowers at Yamada Sunflower Garden are different from the popular variety that blooms in summer. The red leaves of the trees in Mount Takatori, together with the blue autumn sky, provide a nice, contrasting background to the large, yellow sunflowers in the mountain rice terraces. The place is visited by tourists and photography enthusiasts alike during weekends and holidays to capture the fantastic scenery. Different activities are held on Saturdays as well as a local farmers’ market with freshly harvested vegetables. An unique way to enjoy autumn in Miyaki!
・Best time to view: early to mid-November
・6,000 sqm, 100,000 flowers
・Blooming period: 10/29 (Sun.) ~ 11/30 (Thu.)
・Opening hours: 10:00~16:00
・Free parking available: 55 spots (five for large-sized buses) *Separate free parking on Saturdays: approx. 50 spots
* Shuttle bus running from free parking lot
・¥100 (cleaning and maintenance fee)
・3 min. by car along Prefectural Road 31 from Kawakubo Road (head north from the intersection at Higashi, Ayabe)
・Miyaki-cho, Miyaki-gun, Saga
・0942-96-4208 (Miyaki-cho Kankou)
With an area spanning 1.8km and width of 700m from north to south, the park features waterfront plants, fish, and wild birds in their natural habitat. The park is surrounded by a creek which makes its shape calabash-like, hence its name “Hyotan” which is the Japanese word for calabash. Every year, 250,000 sunflowers come to full bloom all over the west side of the park, drawing lots of visitors who come to take photos during their sunflower festival on Aug. 5 (Sat.) and Aug. 6 (Sun.). You can also pick a sunflower of your own to take home during the festival period!
・Best time to view: early August
・1.2 hectares, 25,000 flowers
・Opening hours: none, Shiki no Megumi-kan: 10:00~17:00
・Free parking available: 50 spots
・Ride bus no. 56 headed to Hyogo/Kubo Izumi Kogyo Danchi and get off at Shimofuchi bus stop, 5 min. walk from there
・4413 Oaza Fuchi, Hyogo-machi, Saga
・0952-40-7116 (Shiki no Megumi-kan)
Originally written in Jul. 2017
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