Sunflowers in Kochi

Golden fields just a short drive from Kochi City

By Bronwyn O'Neill    - 1 min read

Golden fields await you in mid-June in Tosa, just a short drive from Kochi City.

Along the riverbank have been planted sprawling fields of sunflowers, basking in the heat of early Japanese summer. The central mountains of Shikoku form a beautiful blue backdrop that contrasts against the flowers' brilliant yellow. The fields are a joy to behold, and you might be lucky enough to spot a VW campervan or two. It's a great slice of rural Kochi and definitely appeals to any free spirits and fans of agricultural tourism. If you're doing a Shikoku road-trip in early summer, this would be an enjoyable pit-stop on the way between Kochi City and surfing near Cape Ashiz.

It was a busy Sunday when we visited, with lots of families and young children. Viewing the sunflowers doesn't cost a thing, and the parking is also free. Visitors can cut their own bunch of sunflowers to take home for just ¥100.

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Bronwyn O'Neill

Bronwyn O'Neill @bronwyn.oneill

Based in Matsuyama, Ehime. Life here in the biggest city on Shikoku combines all of the warmth of a more rural region with the conveniences of a metropolitan environment. For a taste of what the region has to offer, check out Awagami paper making and the annual Tsubaki Matsuri. My areas of interest include traditional Japanese crafts, ramen, onsen, and of course all things Shikoku.