There are at least three places you can currently see sunflowers this last week of September (2021) ~ start of October. In this post, I will introduce one of them. It is a tourist sunflower field with parking and facilities such as toilets. The other two are in Okegawa and the Fukuda area in Kawagoe – at the time of this post in 2021, not in 2023. Update September 20th 2023: the first sunflowers popped on the 14th, just a few, but the rest of them are coming along nicely now too.
Tourist Sunflower Fields
The tourist sunflower fields introduced in this post are located in “Hana no Oasis” (flower oasis), in Konosu City, in the Ikoka area of Saitama Prefecture. If you are a regular reader, you might recognize the name. I have posted about the tulips and spring flowers at this garden before (here).
Hana no Oasis is a community garden. Moreover, according to the prefecture it is the birthplace of flower production in Konosu City. It is located in a rural area of Konosu amid dozens of paddy fields. The garden is landscaped through the seasons with seasonal blooms. Furthermore, it has plush lawn as its path between each section of the gardens, as you can see in the photo above. The garden isn’t particularly big, but it is very nicely landscaped and draws hundreds, if not thousands, of admirers in each season. However, as you can probably tell from the photos, there are a lot of eye sores in the background of this location. More so than usual I think with the large telephone and electricity wires. I did attempt to cut them out in the featured photo at the very top of the post, but I didn’t do a very good job!
Sunflowers at Hana no Oasis
The 47,000 sunflowers were planted across 3800 square meters in early August to bloom in October. But one whole section of them bloomed early and have been in bloom since last week. Today, September 27th, all sections have sunflowers in bloom. There are four main sections, each with a different variety of sunflower. The varieties are Junior Smile, Valentine, Sungold and “dokonjo” sunflowers. The latter “Dokonjo Himawari” are a type of sunflower that are famous in Japan for blooming in Ishinomaki after the triple disaster, the Great East Japan Earthquake, in Tohoku in 2011. They grow tall often to two meters or more.
There are also some cosmos in bloom in the garden. And beside the cosmos there is a small garden with various different seasonal flowers in bloom. Moreover, you can view 12 million cosmos just a 16 minute drive (or ride on the flower bus if you come by public transport) or a 23 minute cycle away.
|Hana no Oasis|
|Season:||varies depending on the weather each year, but generally around the last week of September and first week of October.|
|Address:||736 Teraya, Konosu, Saitama 365-0071|
There is free parking for 48 cars beside the garden. You can also park at the nearby Konosu flower center for free. It is a seven minute walk from the garden. There is parking (and public facilities such as toilets) for 300 cars there.
By public transport you can get a community bus “flower go” from Kita Konosu Station on the Takasaki Line. It costs 200 yen per adult, 100 yen for school aged children and it is free for children under 6 years old. Alight at Teraya Higashi bus stop「寺谷東団地」.