Kumagaya is hot, hot, hot! But this is the coolest idea ever! A sunflower maze to put a smile on any face. Endo farm opened mid July 2022 and has been all over social media, TV and even tour operators PR campaigns! HOWEVER, due to the abrupt early end to the rainy season this year (2022), the sunflower fields will actually close from the end of July to August 10th. They hope to reopen on August 11th 2022.
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 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 early September. However, the main sunflower display blooms in August to early September. In previous years when the weather permitted the maze was available from the end of August to early September. Please note that the maze is not at the farm’s sunflower field, but at their field by the former Kojima Elementary and middle School. From August 2020:
Amazingly, this event is free. There are a couple of other mazes in cornfields in Saitama this time of year, but they all charge! In previous years, they’ve also had a yoga event among the sunflowers. That is, naturally, a charged event. See here for another free (but much smaller) sunflower maze in Saitama.
For the last two years they have requested you use hand sanitizers when visiting, due to the pandemic. Presumably it is the same in 2022. Given the year that is in it (weather + pandemic), I would highly recommend contacting the farm directly before making a trip, to check for any last minute changes or conditions. 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. There is no car park as such. Parking is just on the agricultural road by the farm, but they request you be careful where you park. The maze is on at the field by the farm, but beside the former Kojima elementary and middle school. The school is mapped below or you can use the copy plus code: 7924+93 Kumagaya, Saitama.
In the area: Beppunuma Park