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Akeno Sunflower Festival

Fields of yellow in Yamanashi

By Kim B    - 1 min read
Venue: Akeno Sunflower Fields When: Late Jul - Mid Aug 2021

Bright and cheerful sunflowers are a quintessential sign of summer in Japan, and the annual Akeno Sunflower Festival boasts fields upon fields of them to enjoy. The event is now in its 28th year, and at the venue you'll also find a sunflower maze and the ability to purchase locally made products.

From sunset until 9pm the fields will be lit up, giving visitors the chance to enjoy the flowers illuminated under the night sky. Admission to the Akeno Sunflower Festival is free.

Getting there

The Akeno Sunflower Festival is approximately a twenty minute taxi ride from JR Nirasaki Station on the Chuo Main Line. Alternatively, from the station you can catch the Mizugaki Line bus until you reach the Heidi-no-Mura Kurara-kan stop (approximately 25 minutes). From there, the flower fields are around five minutes away on foot.

If you plan to self-drive to the venue, a limited amount of parking is available at a cost of 500 yen per car.

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Kim B @kim.b

I'm an Australian who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures, with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out. I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Lynda Hogan a year ago
Take me there! It looks wonderful. I really wanted to go to a nearby sunflower festival this year, but I won't have time to go before we leave for Ireland for the summer. But these photos are the next best thing!
Elena Lisina a year ago
I'd like to see illuminated photo!
Sleiman Azizi a year ago
That first photo is splendid, vibrant and expansive.
Kim B Author a year ago
So many of Japan's floral landscapes really take my breath away!
Elena Lisina a year ago
Beautiful fields! I've never seen sunflower fields as they don't grow in our places.
Kim B Author a year ago
That would be tough to deal with. Winter is okay, but even here it's about 5 months of winter and that's too much for me!