Third times a charm! Finally, the Hasuda Sunflowers are coming back in 2022. In both 2021 and 2020 they planted the sunflowers in the hope of opening to the public, but both times they had to cancel the festival due to the pandemic. However, the fields did actually open, last minute, in 2020 for a couple of weeks. In 2022, it is looking very promising that they can open the fields to the public for the full period of bloom. Hopefully not famous last words! However, due to the pandemic, they will not have food stalls this year.
Hasuda Sunflowers in 2022
Approximately 150,000 sunflowers were planted by the Hasuda Sunflower Project in early June. They are expected to grow from around late July until early (possibly mid) August. Moreover, they have their sunflower maze again this year too. You can usually check the condition on the Hasuda Sunflower Project Community group Facebook page. It is updated frequently, at this time of year, in my experience.
Update July 20th: the sunflowers have started to bloom. The farmer expects the peak to be July 29th and the fields to stay open until around August 14th.
Hasuda Sunflower Project
Hasuda Sunflower project is a community effort to increase the size and the appeal of Hasuda’s sunflower fields. In 2019, the last time the sunflower fields were open to the public as “normal”, they planted four different types of sunflower. A whole 150,000 of them over 15,000 square meters. Making it one of the biggest sunflower fields in Saitama.
But in 2021 they went even bigger with 200,000 sunflowers. In addition, they added a fifth type of sunflower to the collection. The new type is “binsento”, I am assuming in English it is probably “Vincent” as in the famous Vincent Van Gough painting “sunflowers”? It was such a shame that the larger display could not be accessed by the public, due to the restrictions of a State of Emergency right when the sunflowers were in bloom.
All we know for 2022 so far is that there were 150,000 seeds planted. Whether there are four or five varieties this year we do not know. Regardless, the fields will look stunning in brilliant shades of yellow when the sunflowers grow. They will eventually add all this detail to the official website too. Right now, it just has a brief message to say they are growing the sunflowers. As aforementioned, they post updates to their Facebook page.
Hasuda Sunflowers Information
Please note, even in a “regular” year, during the blooming period the fields may not be open to viewing on a rainy or stormy day.
Season: July 23rd to August 14th.
Address: Hasuda Nekin Sunflower field, 694 Negane, Hasuda, Saitama 349-0131. In Japanese, 〒349-0131 埼玉県蓮田市根金６９４, 蓮田根金ひまわり畑
Hours: not specified.
Cost: This event is free.
By car: a 15 minute drive from the Shiraoka Shobu exit of the Ken-o expressway. You can also access from a smart interchange at the Hasuda Service Area of the Tohoku expressway. Parking is available for 200 cars when the fields are open to the public, which they will be in 2022.
By public transport: There is a bus that goes close to the fields, from the east exit of Hasuda station on the Tohoku (Utsunomiya) line.