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, which has really made a name for itself in the last few years, opened for the 2023 season this week, on July 11th. And already it has been all over social media, TV and even tour operators PR campaigns! With approximately one million sunflowers that bloom from August to November, its no wonder it has become one of the most famous places for sunflowers in the Kanto plain.
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!
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!
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, this summer there will be a food truck 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
The sunflowers will be lit up on select dates during the bloom period. The first sunflower illumination event is Saturday July 29th and Sunday July 30th 2023. In addition there will be light up from September 16th to 18th, October 7th to 9th and finally, November 3rd to 5th. Entry costs 500 yen 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.
Event: Endo Farm Sunflowers / Sunflower Maze and Sunflower Light Up
Dates: mid July to about mid November. Light up on July 29th and 30th and dates yet to be decided in September, October and November.
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. Parking is also 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.
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.
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.
In the area: Beppunuma Park