A sea of bright golden flowers riding the slopes of green hills awaits you in the town of Yokohama. Thousands of people gather here for Yokohama's Nanohana Festival. This should not be confused with the Yokohama near Tokyo, this Yokohama is a small farming town in northern Aomori right at the doorstep of the Shimokita Peninsula.
As for the "nanohana", it refers to the luminously gold rapeseed flower, also known as canola. Every spring. the fields around Yokohama are painted with nanohana, providing visitors with a beautiful and serene landscape.
The nanohana are not only pleasant to gaze upon, they are the key ingredient to many delicious "only made in Yokohama" foods. The flowers are used in ice cream, doughnuts, oils, and many other fares. The nanohana plaza in Yokohama sells these products. Especially interesting are the nanohana doughnuts that were beyond amazing, especially when they are delivered to you warm because they are made only minutes beforehand.
The festival itself is held on the third weekend of May each year. In the middle of a nanohana field, food stalls and an entertainment stage are set up next to a maze of flowers about 4 feet tall. There is also a helicopter which can take you up for a short ride to see all the fields from the sky for a fee. The festival spans both Saturday and Sunday, but Sunday is host to a marathon. On any normal day of the year, Yokohama is a sleepy agricultural town. But with the arrival of the nanohana, it springs to life.