Autumn sunflowers Konosu

The Autumn Sunflowers in the Isanuma area of Kawagoe have become very popular. However, like most all flowers in 2021, they were early to bloom and early to finish. Furthermore, this year, as soon as they started blooming you were allowed pick them. And hundreds of people picked them within a week. Subsequently, they finished up quicker than normal and many people missed them. But I have some good news for those who really want to see sunflowers this autumn: there are at least three places you can currently see sunflowers this last week of September ~ 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.

Tourist Sunflower Fields

sunflowers konosu

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 flower garden Konosu City Saitama Prefecture

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

October sunflowers konosu

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.

Cosmos

cosmos and sunflowers Konosu

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.

Information

Hana no Oasis
Address:736 Teraya, Konosu, Saitama 365-0071
Phone:048-541-1321
Hours:24 hours
Cost:Free
Online:Official website

Access

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」.

6 Comments

  1. What a lucky find Lynda, sunflowers in bloom early. Very nice indeed!

    Any idea if the sunflowers are productive for seed or are purely decorative?

    1. Author

      I’m so sorry I didn’t respond sooner, my spam filter was down for a while and I had hundreds of comments to go through!! I’m not sure for this particular location unfortunately. I would guess decorative, just because they have no mention of using the seed whereas other locations have specified when they grow them for seed… A question to ask them the next time I go back. 🙂

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