Sunflowers in Niiza City, Saitama Prefecture in 2021. In the Niiza Athletic Park there is a community field called Honda no Mori. Each summer in August, thousands of sunflowers bloom. However, in 2021 they have reduced the number of sunflowers. They don’t specify how many or why, but one can only suspect that it has something to do with the Coronavirus.
The Niiza sunflowers are a community effort supporting previous work of volunteers in Fukushima prefecture. Due to concerns over the possibility of radiation in the soil, the Fukushima volunteers had to cease efforts to cultivate an edible sunflower. People around Japan responded by growing the sunflowers in their own prefectures and sending the seeds back to Fukushima. In Niiza, the Niiza Himawari* Project was started in 2013 to this end. (*Himawari is the Japanese for Sunflower).
During the period of bloom, the sunflower field is open to the public from 8.30 am to 5 pm. The sunflowers in Niiza ‘s Honda no Mori typically bloom from early August to around the end of August.
A bus goes from the east exit of Higashi-kurume station. Alight at the bus stop for the Niiza Athletic park and walk about ten minutes to the sunflower fields.
Find even more sunflower events on the events calendar here.