Vibrant yellow stretches across the horizon (Photo: t-konno / CC BY-SA 3.0)
Vibrant yellow stretches across the horizon (Photo: t-konno / CC BY-SA 3.0)

Takikawa Nanohana Festival

Fields of yellow in Hokkaido

Venue: Takikawa Nanohana Fields When: Late May 2024

The Takikawa Nanohana Festival started back in 2000 and has become the city's largest annual event, with crowds of around 100,000 people reveling in the beauty of these vibrant yellow flowers each year. There are two main types of nanohana cultivated here – the Kizaki no Natane variety which is primarily used to make rapeseed oil, and the Haru no Kagayaki variety which is typically used as a food source.

At the event, a viewing platform is set up over the main nanohana field affording visitors with a fantastic panoramic view, plus there are live stage performances and food stalls selling local products including foods made from nanohana.

Admission to the event is free of charge, but bring some yen if you plan on buying something to eat.

Getting there

The Takikawa Nanohana Festival is located under 10 minutes by taxi (or about 40 minutes on foot) from Ebeotsu Station, which is served by the Hakodate Main Line.


Join the discussion

Elizabeth S a year ago
I didn't realize the distinction between the two varieties. Um, I've just been harvesting and eating them. I wonder, how do you distinguish between the oil variety and Haru no Kagayaki?
Kim Author a year ago
I don't know if there's a visible way to distinguish them! Apparently the Kizaki no Natane variety used for oil is just better suited to frying at higher temperatures from what I can research!
Sleiman Azizi a year ago
The yellow nanohana road....
Justin Velgus a year ago
Awesome. These fields of flowers are so great for pictures. Hokkaido seasons can be split between "white season" (winter) and "green season" when all the plants bloom.