Sunflowers are in bloom in several areas nearby and around Fukuoka City. Fukuoka Now has gathered the details on four wonderful places to view these beauties! Some offer light ups at sundown, so you might want to visit in the cooler evenings.
Yanagawa Sunflower Garden
Bright yellow sunflowers bloom yearly at Yanagawa Sunflower Garden on five hectares of reclaimed land facing the Ariake Sea. Open from Jul. 19 to Aug. 4, you can also view the flowers in a different “light” at night when they are illuminated from sunset to 21:00. Shuttle bus service is available in hourly intervals from Nishitetsu Yanagawa Station (east exit). Entrance is free, but a ¥500 contribution is requested from those who use the parking lot and from those who come by shuttle bus as a contribution towards maintenance of the garden.
• Best time to view: End of Jul.
• 500,000 flowers across 5 hectares
• Blooming period: 7/19 (Fri.) ~ 8/4 (Sun.)
• Closed: Never
• Parking available (gen.: ¥500, tourist bus: ¥1,000): 300 spaces
• Free (¥500 maintenance fee for shuttle bus visitors)
• Shuttle bus running from Nishitetsu Yanagawa Sta. (east exit), ten round trips per day
• Hashimoto-machi, Yanagawa City, Fukuoka
• 0944-72-0819 (Yanagawa Mutsugoro Land)
• Yanagawa City webpage
• Yanagawa Mutsugoro Land webpage
Nokonoshima Island Park
Only 10 min. by ferry from Meinohama, 50,000 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! Be sure to bring your own scissors, container, and gloves for sunflower cutting.
• Best time to view: end of Jul. to mid-Aug. (might change depending on the weather)
• Sunflower picking: 7/27 (Sat.) ~ 8/18 (Sun.) 9:00~17:00
• Approx. 50,000 flowers across 7,000 m2
• Opening hours: Mon. ~ Sat.: 9:00~17:30, Sun. and hol.: 9:00~18:30
• Closed: Never
• Parking available: Meinohama parking lot (¥500/day) 300 spaces
• Adult: ¥1,200, ES & JHS: ¥600, 3 y.o. & 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
With an area spanning 1.8 km and width of 700 m from north to south, the park features waterfront plants, fish, and wild birds in their natural habitat. It’s 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. 3 (Sat.) and 4 (Sun.). You can also pick a sunflower of your own to take home during the festival period!
• Best time to view: End of Jul. ~ 8/4 (Sun.)
• 250,000 flowers across 1.2 hectares
• Opening hours: none, Shiki no Megumi-kan: 10:00~17:00
• Closed: Never
• Free parking available: 90 spaces
• Ride bus no. 56 headed to Hyogo/Kubo Izumi Kogyo Danchi and get off at Shimofuchi bus stop, 5 min. on foot from there
• 4413 Fuchi, Hyogo-machi, Saga City, Saga
• 0952-36-9039 (Shiki no Megumi-kan)
Yamada Sunflower Garden
Blooming from 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 weekends as well as a local farmers’ market selling light meals made with freshly harvested vegetables. A unique way to enjoy autumn in Miyaki!
• Best time to view: 11/10 (Sun.) ~ 11/20 (Wed.)
• Open: 11/1 (Fri.) ~ 11/30 (Mon.)
• 100,000 flowers across 6,000 m2
• Opening hours: 10:00~16:00
• Closed: Never
• Free parking available: 33 spaces (three for large-sized buses) *separate free parking on Saturdays: 55 spaces (five for large-sized buses)
* 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)
• Minobaru, Miyaki-cho, Miyaki-gun, Saga
• 0942-96-4208 (Miyaki-cho Tourist Association)
Originally written in Jul. 2017, updated in Jul. 2019.
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NOTE: The information presented here was gathered and summarized by the Fukuoka Now staff. While we have done our best to check for accuracy, there might be errors and details may have changed. If you notice any errors or changes, please contact us. This report was originally written in Jul. 2017.