sunflower maze

Kumagaya is hot, hot, hot, but the heat brings out the best in the sunflowers at Endo Farm! Furthermore, they have the coolest sunflower maze to put a smile on any face! Moreover, they have sunflower illumination / light up on select dates! Endo farm has really made a name for itself in the last few years. It has been all over social media, TV and even tour operators PR campaigns! With approximately one million sunflowers that bloom from July to November, its no wonder it has become one of the most famous places for sunflowers in the Kanto plain. And right now as I update this post, they are creating the maze for a July 1st start – one of the earliest in recent years – in 2024.

Endo Farm Sunflowers Kumagaya

The sunflowers at Endo Farm are grown to attract the bees so that they can make honey. You can buy their honey at the sunflower fields. The very clever farmer came up with the idea a few years ago to make a maze among the sunflowers. There are about 1,000,000 sunflowers spread out over ten sixteen areas in wasteland that was cultivated. The farmer teasingly remarks “Be careful not to get lost!” But what a beautiful place to get lost!

Sunflower maze

There are a few different fields and you can usually see sunflowers at the bee farm from around July to mid or late November. In the first few years, the main display was August to early September and that was the period of the maze too. However, in recent years, the maze is actually open from July to November! And in 2024 it is open earlier than normal, from July 1st.

Amazingly, this event is free. There are a couple of other mazes in cornfields in Saitama this time of year, but they all charge! There is another free (but much smaller) sunflower maze in Sayama at the end of August).They also sometimes have a yoga event among the sunflowers. That is, naturally, a charged event. In addition, they usually have food trucks there on Saturdays and Sundays as well as over Obon. Moreover, in recent years they light the sunflowers up at night on select dates:

Sunflower light up 2024

The sunflowers will be lit up on select dates during the bloom period. The first sunflower illumination event is Saturday July 27th and Sunday July 28th 2024. In addition there will be light up on Saturday August 31st and Sunday September 1st and again on November 16th and 17th. Entry costs 500 yen for adults for the sunflower light up.

Please do not park on the road, it causes a lot of problems in the neighborhood for the farm and if it continues, it may even end up that the farm can’t open to the public anymore. There are official parking lots for the farm, please use them.

Information

Event: Endo Farm Sunflowers 遠藤ファームひまわり畑 / Sunflower Maze ひまわり畑迷路 and Sunflower Light Up ひまわり迷路イルミネーション

Dates: from July 1st to mid or late November. Light up on July 27th, 28th, August 31st, September 1st, November 16th and 17th.

Time: light up is from 6 pm to 9 pm

Cost: the sunflower maze is free as is viewing the flowers, but if you want to take photos for professional use there is a charge. There is also a charge for cosplayers. Parking is free for individuals or families, but there is a charge for group tours. Please contact the farm directly about using the farm for professional photographs and / or group tours. The light up event costs 500 yen per adult.

Venue: Endo Farm, which is spread out over a large area. One of the fields, by the former Kojima middle / Junior High school, is mapped below. That is where the maze and illumination is too.

The phone number is provided on the official website here.

Access Endo Farm

The farm and sunflower fields are located on the North side of the Tone River in Kumagaya city, right on the border of Gunma prefecture. The nearest train station is Nishi Koizumi station in Gunma, but it would take you over an hour on foot. You can get a taxi from the station or use a larger train station such as Kumagaya station and get a bus in the direction of Ota in Gunma.

By car, the nearest interchange is the Hanazono Interchange on the Kanetsu Expressway. One of the fields is by the former Kojima middle school. The school is mapped below or you can use the copy plus code: 7924+93 Kumagaya, Saitama. Please use the parking lots that are signposted by the sunflowers.

Endo farm Facebook page.

In the area: Beppunuma Park

20200712. Updated and republished on June 29th 2024.

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