Festivals & Events
The hills of Himawari-no-Sato or Hokuryu Sunflower Village, burst with over one million cheerful sunflowers every summer. From late July to mid August, the vibrant fields are free to enter for visitors looking for perfectly picturesque snapshots. Located between Asahikawa and Sapporo, it's an ideal stopover during a drive through the countryside.
Hokuryu Sunflower Village is accessible by train, bus or car.
It takes just over one hour by train from Sapporo Station to Fukugawa Station, by the Lilac-Kamui line. From the station, catch a bus from in front of Fukagawa Hospital. Alight at the second-last stop, Hokuryu High School (Hokuryu Kouko), and walk five minutes to reach the fields. Bus times vary depending on the day of the week.
There is free parking for cars near the fields, and the sunflower fields offer an ideal stop for those driving to Asahikawa.
This sunflower town's relaxed vibe makes it a perfect place for a stroll to stretch your legs during a long summer road trip. With around 1.5 million sunflowers, the bright blooms outnumber the local population. Take plenty of pictures, try to escape the maze, and stop for something to eat at the food court. Finally, if you have time, treat yourself to a dip at the Sunflower Park Hokuryu Onsen. This Dutch-style hotel features a variety of baths to soothe weary travelers.