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.
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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