The hills of Himawari-no-Sato or Hokuryu Sunflower Village, burst with over one million cheerful sunflowers every summer. From late July to mid-August, the vibrant fields are free to enter for visitors looking for perfectly picturesque snapshots. Located between Asahikawa and Sapporo, it’s an ideal stopover during a drive through the countryside.
- Snacking on roasted sunflower seeds or sunflower-flavored ice cream
- Navigating the giant sunflower maze, for those who like a challenge
- Cruising around on rented bikes or riding the tractor train
Get some sun
This sunflower town’s relaxed vibe makes it a perfect place for a stroll to stretch your legs during a long summer road trip. With around 1.5 million sunflowers, the bright blooms outnumber the local population. Take plenty of pictures, try to escape the maze, and stop for something to eat at the food court. Finally, if you have time, treat yourself to a dip at the Sunflower Park Hokuryu Onsen. This Dutch-style hotel features a variety of baths to soothe weary travelers.