Hokuryu-cho Himawari no Sato (Sunflower Field in Hokkaido)

The 38th Himawari Festival (Hokuryu Town, Hokkaido) will be held!
Saturday, July 20, 2024 - Sunday, August 18, 2024
❂ Days: 30 days ❂ Area: approx. 23 ha ❂ Number of trees: 2 million ❂ Best time to visit: early August


Family Cycling
Sunflower Ferris Wheel
Dignified blooming sunflowers
Hokuryu Town Portal

Friday, June 30, 2023 The results of a survey by Nifty, "[Elementary and Junior High School Students Chose] 'Family Travel'..." was posted on the Yahoo!

Sunflower Village

Sunflower Village Nurtured by the Passion of the People of Hokuryu Town

Sunflower cultivation started in the summer of 1979, when the then Hokuryu Agricultural Cooperative staff was impressed by the sunflower oil fields in the former Yugoslavia that they visited during an agricultural cooperative training program. The women's club of the agricultural cooperative started a campaign to cultivate one hectare of sunflowers per household in the town. The town revitalization volunteer group "Hokuryu-cho Ryutopia-kai" was established and the first Sunflower Festival was held in 1987.

▶ Subsequently, Sunflower Village was severely damaged by typhoons and tornadoes. All the residents of Hokuryu Town worked together with one heart to boldly face up to the hardships that struck, and engaged in reconstruction activities. The "World Sunflower Cultivation" was started by the Hokuryu Junior High School students, and the "Sunflower Village Mowing Crusade," a voluntary support activity for the mowing of the Sunflower Village by many townspeople, has been carried on for over 20 years and continues to this day.

▶ The sunflowers that bloom in splendor under the midsummer sun are the "energetic power of life" and are truly the passion of the people of Hokuryu Town.

Hokuryu Town Portal

Friday, June 23, 2023 On Wednesday, June 21, the summer solstice, sunflowers were mowed and thinned at the Sunflower Village by Hokuryu Town residents...

We will bring you the "now" of this vibrant and shining town with a population of 2,100 and an aging population rate of 40%. The town of Hokuryu, where families are as bright and harmonious as sunflowers...


Outline of Himawari no Sato

nameSunflower field in Hokuryu town
organizingHokuryu-cho Sunflower Tourist Association(in Japanese history)Home Pageinterpoint (interword separation)instagram)
Location (office)
Map: Sunflower Tourist Center
<Sunflower Tourism Center
143-2, Itaya, Hokuryu-cho, Amaryu-gun, Hokkaido
Tel: 0164-34-2082
(Only during the Sunflower Festival)

<Hokuryu Town Hall, Industry Division

11-1 Aza Wa, Hokuryu-cho, Amaryu-gun, Hokkaido
In Hokuryu Town Hall
Tel: 0164-34-2111
Village size (ha)23.1 hectares (creation began in 1989)
❂ Observation deck with wheelchair-accessible ramp available
Opening period
(Hours of operation)
❂ Sunflower Village can be visited outside the Sunflower Festival period (open 24 hours a day).
Parking lot open 24 hours a day. In winter, snow fills the parking lot and visitation is not possible.
Sunflower Festival] Mid-July to mid-August
However, during the Sunflower Festival, no vehicles are allowed in Sunflower Village.
admission feefree(To enter the two sunflower mazes, you must pay a separate fee for each.)
Number and variety of sunflowers2 million ❂ 2 million
❂ Hybrid Sunflower, Spring Rinzo, Summer Rinzo, Flower Rinzo
Best time to visit / Period of full bloom
(in Japanese history)Flowering status >>)
Best time to visit is early August
❂ In early August, when the entire area is in full bloom, the village is filled with "Wow! echoes in the village.
❂ In Hokuryu Town, the number of days until sunflowers flower (from sowing to flowering) varies depending on the average temperature, but is said to be about 75 days.
❂ The climate and soil conditions are different every year, so the sunflowers bloom differently.
❂ Usually, from the last week of July to around Bon in August, some areas are in full bloom.
Features of Himawari no Sato❂ Two million sunflowers bloom facing east on a hill on an east-facing slope. Sunflowers are blooming facing tourists.
❂ These sunflower fields are introduced as one of Japan's most spectacular sights, where you can view sunflowers in full bloom somewhere in the village for more than 30 days.
❂ The town flower, the sunflower, is grown with love by all the townspeople of Hokuryu Town, which has a population of about 1,750. The sunflowers, which bloom with "brightness and vigor," are filled with power for tomorrow.
❂ In the morning on a sunny day, the sun shines on the sunflowers facing east, making them look even more yellow.
Event Summary
(in Japanese history)Program >>)
Sunflower Festival
❂ There are permanent events during the period and limited time events
<Permanent Event
❂ Sunflower maze (2 locations), sightseeing car, bicycle rental, etc.
<Example of a limited time event
❂ Beer party, singing show, fireworks display, Sunflower Frisbee tournament, specialty rice festival, Sunflower park golf tournament, YOSAKOI performance, Hokuryu drum performance, melon and watermelon festival, Hokusho road race, Hokuryu Bon dance festival, and much more
<Main Control
Hokuryu Town
NPO Himawari ❂ Nonprofit Organization NPO Himawari
Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Tourist Association
Industry Division, Hokuryu Town Hall, Aza-Wamoto Town, Hokuryu Town, Amaryu-gun, Hokkaido
Tel: 0164-34-2111
Rest area and storeSunflower Tourism Center] (completed in 1997)
❂ Dutch-style Nordic concrete structure (approx. 1,250 m2), dirt arena
❂ There are about 10 stores in the center (souvenirs, soft serve ice cream, food and beverages, etc.)
❂ After soaking up the midsummer sun, take a breather in the cool, earthy space of the earthen floor.
Wheelchairs and strollersfree loanOffice in Himawari Tourist Center
Temporary baggage storage❂ Large carry-on bags, etc. can be checked in.
Office in Himawari Tourist Center
❂ There are no coin lockers, so please bring your own valuables.
 WiFifreeSunflower Tourist Center
❂ IDs and passwords are posted in the center.
 Parking lots and restrooms❂ Passenger cars: 500 (large buses allowed, campers allowed)
❂ Parking and restrooms: 24-hour access (wheelchair-accessible restrooms)

Guide Map of Sunflower Village in Hokuryu Town

Overall Map/Illustration of Sunflower Village (23ha) waiting for Hokuryu
Overall Map of Sunflower Village (23ha) waiting for Hokuryu
Google Map ひまわりの里
Google Map Sunflower Village
トイレ:合鴨の池 お隣(ノンノ森 北側)
Toilet: Duck pond Next to the pond (north side of Nonnomori)
Toilet: warm-water washing toilet seat
Hokuryu Town Portal

July 26, 2023 (Wed) [Updated: July 28, 2023 (Fri)] Introducing the Sunflower Tourist Center's store at the "Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival 2023"...

Mass media coverage (including travel agencies)

2023 (2023)

Video 45min] Osanpo Hokkaido - This trip is taken care of - 2 million sunflowers field! A Walk with a Wonderful View (HBC) [TVer] (Japanese only)(September 12, 2023)
Former AKB Mariya Suzuki: The most memorable memory of this summer in Hokuryu Town, Hokkaido.(September 11, 2023)
<Miharu Yamagami, 23, is the representative of the team that won the Bon Odori dance competition.(August 28, 2023)
Hokuryu Taiko 30 years: 14 groups in Hokkaido hold commemorative concert in the blue sky [Hokkaido Shimbun].(August 25, 2023)
Video] "Gurutto Hokkaido 360°" - A spectacular view of sunflowers [Hokkaido News WEB].(August 24, 2023)
This is breathtaking. ...... Popular model visits "spectacular sunflower field" in her hometown, Hokkaido, Japan, and praised it as "the most beautiful" and "spectacular.(August 24, 2023)
After the rain, 200 runners run in the Hokuryu Road Race for the first time in 4 years [Hokkaido Shimbun].(August 21, 2023)
(after a noun, adjective stem, onomatopoeic-mimetic word, etc.) Bon dance in various costumes [Hokkaido Shimbun].(August 21, 2023)
The Hokuryu Town Sunflower Village was introduced on Instagram by Hiroshi Fujioka's second daughter, Tensho Amane 🌻.(August 18, 2023)
(after a noun, adjective stem, onomatopoeic-mimetic word, etc.) Large-flowered sunflowers in full bloom: 2 million in Hokuryu "Sunflower Village" [Hokkaido Shimbun].(August 3, 2023)
(HBC Hokkaido Broadcasting Co., Ltd. will air a live broadcast of MBS Mainichi Broadcasting System and Saturday Plus at around 08:30 on Saturday, July 29, 2012.(July 28, 2023)
Hokuryu Sunflower Festival: Hokuryu Junior High School Students Act as Guides to Tourists 【Hokkaido Shimbun(July 28, 2023)
Shuji Ito, 64, driver of the sightseeing car "Himawari-go" [Hokkaido Shimbun].(July 28, 2023)
Sunflowers in full bloom, a spectacular sight Hokuryu, Hokkaido, and Nogi, Tochigi...[Sankei Shimbun THE SANKEI NEWS(July 27, 2023)
Hokuryu "Sunflower Festival" opens, with 20% of the 2 million sunflowers in bloom until August 20 [Hokkaido Shimbun].(July 24, 2023)
Hokuryu Ramen and Udon noodles with smooth texture using specialty soybeans "Kuro Sengoku" will go on sale on the 22nd [Hokkaido Shimbun].(July date, 2023)
The "Sunflower Festival" in Hokuryu Town will be held for a long run starting July 22! niwacul # Niwacul(July 18, 2023)
Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival [Jalan(July 18, 2023)
[VR Video] Gurutto Hokkaido 360° Sunflowers Colorful and Spectacular View - A town with the sun and the sky on its side: Hokuryu Town [NHK Online].(July 18, 2023)
July 14 is Sunflower Day 🌻Please let us know your favorite sunflower field in the comments 😄 [ANA Official Tweet(July 18, 2023)
kanji "dotted cliff" radical (radical 53) 6 Spectacular Sunflower Spots in Eastern Japan to Visit this Summer (co-Trip)(July 18, 2023)
greenish-black Asahikawa Airport welcomes passengers from Nagoya with sunflowers [Hokkaido Shimbun] Seasonal flights begin.(July 18, 2023)
Asahikawa and Suburbs: Spectacular Floral Spots in Summer (LINER WEB)(July 18, 2023)
The "Sunflower Festival" in Hokuryu Town, Hokkaido is amazing! Japan's largest village of 2 million sunflowers [eltha(July 18, 2023)
2-Day/1 Night Sightseeing Bus [Asayotei] 2 Days of Summer Sunflower Fields and Sea Urchin Bowl Recommended by Fishermen [Noguchi Kanko Group].(July 10, 2023)
Impressed by the yellow carpet that dyes the vast field in the village of sunflowers in Hokuryu Town [July issue of the monthly e-magazine "Tabi Shiki TABIIRO"].(July 6, 2023)
15 (used in legal documents) The 37th Sunflower Festival (Hokuryu Town, Hokkaido) [Maipure [Takikawa]].(July 6, 2023)
Furano Melon Takeaway, Kitaryu Town Sunflower Village, and Furano Colorful Flower Garden Day Trip [Hankyu Express, Inc.(July 3, 2023)
Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival, one of the largest sunflower fields in Japan [YUKOYUKO Net].(July 3, 2023)
Elementary and Junior High School Students' Ranking of Prefectures They Would Like to Visit on a Family Vacation! Okinawa Prefecture is No. 2, and No. 1 is? News] [Yahoo!
(June 30, 2023)
eleventh sign of the Chinese calendar Summer! Speaking of sunflowers, Hokuryu Town will hold the 37th Sunflower Festival in the summer of 2023! The 37th Annual Hokuryu Town Sunflower Festival! Hokuryu-cho, Uryu-gun, Hokkaido [*and trip.(June 26, 2023)
10 One Day Tour of 1.5 Million Sunflowers and Cherry Picking in Hokuryu Town (Yomiuri Ryoko)(June 16, 2023)
nine To be held! The 37th Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival / Festival of 2 Million Sunflowers [Hot Bus(June 8, 2023)
viii) (2023 date)
seven (used in legal documents) 20,000 yen off total price for location shooting at sunflower field in Hokuryu-cho (Studio SOLA Biei: Jiji.com PR Times)(May 30, 2023)
6) Sunflowers from the town of Hokuryu were introduced in the article "Osaka International Junior High School Students Grow and Sell Vegetable and Flower Seedlings, Carefully Introducing Their Characteristics" [Osaka Nichinichi Shimbun].(May 30, 2023)
5) One-day trip to Hokuryu Sunflower Field and all-you-can-eat Ashibetsu Cherry Picking (60 min.) (Hankyu Express)(May 22, 2023)
4) Featured in Sapporo's local newspaper, # Furippa Web 🙌 ✨Fabulous summer memories surrounded by a field of sunflowers and blue sky 🌞[Hokuryu Board Game Club].(May 2, 2023)
(iii) Tales to Hear from the Sunflower: Original Riddle Solving at the Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival! Hokuryu Board Game Club(April 24, 2023)
(2) Enjoy the spectacular summer scenery of Hokkaido's seven sunflower fields, where the vast expanse of land is dyed yellow! The top article on this blog features sunflower fields in Hokkaido! Gutatabi Hokkaido Blog(March 30, 2023)
(i) Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Village, construction of a new observatory hit a snag due to soaring material costs.(March 29, 2023)

2022 (2022)

Hokuryu Town Himawari no Sato & Himawari Suika will appear on "Itte Q to the Ends of the World" on September 18 (Sun.)! Nippon Television Network Corporation(September 16, 2022)
(after a noun, adjective stem, onomatopoeic-mimetic word, etc.) Maybe you missed it? Hokkaido is such a wonderful place! The charms of Sorachi, which I will quietly tell only to you.(August 31, 2022)
Large flowers, vividly dyeing the hills, Hokuryu, Sunflower Village/Hokkaido [Mainichi Shimbun].(August 15, 2022)
(after a noun, adjective stem, onomatopoeic-mimetic word, etc.) Hokkaido News Web] Japan's Largest Sunflower Crowd: 2 Million Sunflowers in Full Bloom in Hokuryu Town, Hokkaido, Japan(August 15, 2022)
Video] "Sunflower Village" in Hokuryu Town, Hokkaido: Yellow as far as the eye can see, about 2 million sunflowers [Jiji Press].(August 15, 2022)
Sunflower Village in Hokuryu Town, Hokkaido: yellow as far as the eye can see [Jiji Press].(August 12, 2022)
Sunflower oil town holds "summit" in Hokuryu, where five municipalities from across Japan introduce how to use the oil [Hokkaido Shimbun].(August 9, 2022)
Video] A Giant Maze of 2 Million Sunflowers in Full Bloom, "Sunny" is written on the top of the maze in Hokuryu Town, Hokkaido [TBS NEWS DIG(August 8, 2022)
The "Sunflower Festival" is underway in Hokuryu Town, where 2 million sunflowers are now in full bloom...that town going to Hokkaido [Sports Hochi].(August 8, 2022)
Video] Midsummer Blooming Sunflowers Drench the Hills, One of the Largest Sunflower Fields in Japan [Kyodo News, KyodoNews(August 8, 2022)
Video] Sunflowers are in full bloom and the maze is back in Hokuryu [Hokkaido Shimbun, Doshin E-ban].(August 5, 2022)
Video] 2 Million Flowers: "Surprised" at the Scale, "Beautiful in Full Bloom," Fields Turned Yellow (STV News) [Yahoo!(August 5, 2022)
2 million sunflowers in full bloom all over the hills in Hokuryu-cho, Hokkaido [Sankei Shimbun, THE SANKEI NEWS] (Japanese only)(August 4, 2022)
Hokuryu Town's Sunflower Village was featured in Doshin Kodomo Shimbun Manabun's "Look, Look, Look - Hokkaido No.32 - Sunflowers" [Doshin Kodomo Shimbun Manabun].(August 2, 2022)
kanji "dotted cliff" radical (radical 53) The Hokuryu-cho "Himawari Festival," held normally for the first time in three years, welcomes visitors with 2 million sunflowers until August 21 [Kita Sorachi Shimbun].(July 27, 2022)
greenish-black A field of sunflowers spreading all over the town: Hokuryu Town [Toho Kotsu Co.(July 27, 2022)
Sunflowers in Hokuryu Town" (1) was broadcast on "AIR-G'FM Hokkaido 80.4" radio program "The World's Longing for Hokkaido Brand".(July 25, 2022)
A large yellow flower, a spectacular 2 million flowers, opens the sunflower festival in Hokuryu [Hokkaido Shimbun Doshin E-edition].(July 25, 2022)
Sunflower field in Manno ranked 3rd in Japan in an Internet survey [COOL KAGAWA] (Japanese only)(July 22, 2022)
Life insurance company's nationwide survey on "sunflower fields" to visit in the summer ranked the Hokuryu No. 1, with "the scale of the field being exceptional" as a favorable factor.(July 22, 2022)
15 (used in legal documents) The town of Hokuryu is the number one place in the "Sunflower Field to Visit in the Summer" survey! Hokuryu Town's Sunflower Festival is about to begin! Sorachi de View(July 22, 2022)
Two million sunflowers are waiting for you. The Hokuryu-cho Himawari Festival, which opens on the 23rd [Kita Sorachi Shimbun].(July 19, 2022)
DOMINWARI / Sapporo Station】Hokuryu Town Sunflower, Asahiyama Zoo, Lunch Buffet Day Trip 【Hankyu Express(July 19, 2022)
Ranking of 1,000 people across Japan who want to visit the "sunflower fields" in summer 2022: Hokuryu-cho Himawari no Sato (Kitaryu Town, Hokkaido), the most beautiful place in Hokkaido [SOMPO Himawari Life Insurance Co.(July 11, 2022)
eleventh sign of the Chinese calendar Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Village was featured in "Japan by JAPAN," the Visit Japan campaign website run by the Japan National Tourism Organization (JNTO) [JNTO].(July 6, 2022)
10 July 8 (Fri.) 11:30 - NHK Sogo 1 Sapporo "Hiru-Nama! Hokkaido" on NHK Sogo 1 Sapporo "Hiru-Nama! NHK Sogo 1(July 5, 2022)
nine The 36th Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival flyer completed!(June 30, 2022)
viii) Bus Tour to "Hokuryu-cho Himawari Festival" [Tabirai] (Japanese only)(June 27, 2022)
seven (used in legal documents) The season has arrived! Enjoy Hokkaido's large scale spectacular flower scenery [Chikyu-no Arukikata].(June 16, 2022)
6) Volunteers from the town participate in mowing and thinning out the weeds in the Sunflower Village, "May beautiful sunflowers bloom.(June 22, 2022)
5) The Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival was featured in the "Flower Festivals and Flower Events in Hokkaido" section of JR East's website [JR East].(June 16, 2022)
4) The 36th Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival will be held from July 23 (Sat) to August 21 (Sun), 2022 [Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Tourist Association].(May 30, 2022)
(iii) << 札幌北口出発 >> Hokuryu Sunflower, Furano, Biei Summer Flower Garden Bus Tour (Bus with Restroom) [Club Tourism(May 30, 2022)
(2) ≪2 Flower Gardens and All-You-Can-Eat Cherry Picking (50 minutes), Hokkaido Summer Memories, 3 days 【Hankyu Express(May 27, 2022)
(i) ≪Hokuryu-cho Sunflower and Asahiyama Zoo, Buffet Lunch, One-day Trip [Hankyu Express] (Departing from Sapporo Station)(May 23, 2022)

2021 (2021)

seven (used in legal documents) Hirunandesu NTV] Hokuryu-cho Himawari no Sato comes in at an impressive 5th place! The Top 10 Summer Scenic Spots! Top 10 Summer Spots".(July 9, 2021)
6) ANA Travel & Life] From sunflower fields and lavender fields to unexplored stations. Hokkaido boasts the "best" places to visit in Japan.(July 2, 2021)
5) Let's go to the sunflower field by bus tour! Hokuryu Sunflower Village(July 2, 2021)
4) Cancellation of All Events of the 35th Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival in 2021 and Closure of the Tourism Center [Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Tourism Association].(June 4, 2021)
(iii) HIS Bus Tour] Enjoy summer flowers and grasses in the yellow-colored Hokuryu Sunflower Field and Yuni Garden [HIS Hokkaido Version, Domestic Bus Tour(May 31, 2021)
(2) Sunflower Sowing in the World 2021 (Hokuryu Junior High School) Carefully and wholeheartedly for beautiful sunflowers to bloom!(May 17, 2021)
(i) The 35th Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival will be held from July 24 (Sat) to August 22 (Sun), 2021.(April 30, 2021)

2020 (2020)

5) The 5th Sunflower Village Basic Plan Formulation Committee Meeting, Creating Possibilities for the Future Development of Hokuryu Town with a Focus on Sunflower Village(October 30, 2020)
4) Sunflower Village - Drainage Pipes Buried Underground(October 5, 2020)
(iii) Drainage pipe burial work at Sunflower Village is underway.(September 15, 2020)
(2) Notice of Cancellation of the 34th Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival in 2020 [Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Tourist Association HP].(May 13, 2020)
(i) The 4th Sunflower Village Basic Plan Formulation Committee Meeting with Kengo Kuma and other townspeople(January 20, 2020)

2019 (the first year of the 20th year of the 20th century)

nine Second Sunflower Village Basic Plan Formulation Committee Meeting, New Sunflower Village Overall Concept(Aug 23, 2019)
viii) Miyajima Gakuen T-shirt Collection & Sweets Contest(August 15, 2019)
seven (used in legal documents) Ms. Himawari Shimizu (Marzipan: Magical Punchline) was appointed as the Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Tourism Ambassador!(Aug 13, 2019)
6) Mayor's Bus Guide - Hokuryu Town, Mayor Yutaka Sano - CB Tours(Aug 12, 2019)
5) 2028 The 33rd Sunflower Festival opening ceremony and 32-day festival begins!(July 21, 2019)
4) The 71st North Sorachi Firefighting Exercise, held in the parking lot of Himawari no Sato, Hokuryu-cho(July 17, 2019)
(iii) Rugged men sprinkling water in the Sunflower Village!(Jul 12, 2019)
(2) The 1st meeting of the Sunflower Village Basic Plan Formulation Committee, the Sunflower Village in the 2022 era, begins deliberations.(Apr 29, 2019)
(i) Lecture by Mr. Terutaka Suzuki, Sunflower Tourism Ambassador of Hokuryu Town "Agriculture, Tourism, Design and Community Development(Feb 22, 2019)

2018 (2018)

eleventh sign of the Chinese calendar Day 2 - Inspection tour & Hokuryu Town Planning Opinion Exchange Meeting - Project to revitalize Hokuryu Town through design(Aug. 13, 2018)
10 Day 1 (2): Hokuryu Town Planning Opinion Exchange Meeting, Project to Revitalize Hokuryu Town by Design(Aug. 13, 2018)
nine Day 1 (1) Inspection tour, project to revitalize Hokuryu Town by design(Aug. 13, 2018)
viii) Mayor's Bus Guide - Hokuryu Town, Mayor Yutaka Sano - CB Tours(Aug 10, 2018)
seven (used in legal documents) Kumi Aso's Sunflower Batik (Indonesian wax-dyeing)(Aug. 4, 2018)
6) JTB "Seasonal Travel Hokkaido" webpage features Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Village(July 23, 2018)
5) AirDO's in-flight magazine "rapora July issue" features Hokuryu-cho Himawari no Sato(July 12, 2018)
4) Hokuryu-cho Himawari no Sato listed in Hokuto Kanko Co. bus tour destinations(June 29, 2018)
(iii) The June issue of the monthly women's magazine "Riburu" (Liberal Democratic Party of Japan) features the Kitaryu-cho Himawari no Sato (Sunflower Village)(June 1, 2018)
(2) Hokuryu-cho Himawari no Sato featured in the 2018 edition of the ANA Sky Holiday pamphlet "Tabidoki Hokkaido(April 16, 2018)
(i) Hokuryu-machi logo mark and hometown tax-paying rice bags designed by Makoto Umehara "Akarui Nouhou Hokkaido Sunflower Hokuryu-machi" presentation for townspeople.(Mar. 28, 2018)

2017 (2017)

Makoto Umehara and Terutaka Suzuki were appointed "Hokkaido Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Tourism Ambassadors(Oct. 27, 2017)
The proudest sunflower village in Japan - Welcome to Hokuryu Town," brother and sister duo Mountain Mouse(Sept. 6, 2017)
eleventh sign of the Chinese calendar Appreciation! 356,000 people visited the 31st Sunflower Festival, the largest number ever!(Aug. 28, 2017)
10 Three classmates from Hokuryu Junior High School gather at the Sunflower Tourism Center!(Aug. 15, 2017)
nine Ikenobo Komyo-ryu Seibikai "Arranging Sunflowers" Exhibition(Aug. 14, 2017)
viii) Macarons in Sunflower Village", a collaborative event with Hokuryu Town✕ Miyajima Gakuen (Sapporo) Sunflower Festival(Aug. 14, 2017)
seven (used in legal documents) Mayor's Bus Guide - Hokuryu Town, Mayor Yutaka Sano - CB Tours(Aug. 8, 2017)
6) Directors of Taiwan Tourism Association Visited Sunflower Village(Aug. 3, 2017)
5) Yoshiaki Suda and Satoko Watanabe, a public wedding ceremony at Himawari no Sato.(August 1, 2017)
4) Stores in Sunflower Tourism Center (2017) updated (July 28, 2017)
(iii) Aerial view of Sunflower Village(June 7, 2017)
(2) Sunflower Village graces the cover of Tobu Top Tours' (Tokyo) Hokkaido 2017 travel brochure.(April 12, 2017)
(i) Aerial photography by drone at Sunflower Village in Hokuryu Town(Mar. 29, 2017)

2016 (2016)

(iii) Tokyo-based couple, wedding at Himawari no Sato(Aug. 18, 2016)
(2) The 30th Himawari Festival commemorative "House of Sweets" exhibit (Hokuryu Town✕ Miyajima Gakuen)(Aug. 11, 2016)
(i) Commemorative "House of Sweets" for the 30th Himawari Festival under construction(Aug. 10, 2016)

2015 (2015)

seven (used in legal documents) Photos of Himawari no Sato used in Kita Sorachi Shinkin Bank's "Calendar 2016(Dec. 9, 2015)
6) Hokuryu-cho Himawari no Sato featured in Magmagu's "Jimoto no Kokoro" (The Heart of Jimoto)(Aug. 10, 2015)
5) Sunflower Village in Hokuryu Town featured on Suntory Iemon's official Facebook page(Aug. 4, 2015)
4) Hokuryu-cho Himawari no Sato Introduced on "Machi Boast Dot Net," a Local Information Dissemination Site(July 30, 2015)
(iii) Sunflower Village in Hokuryu Town was featured in the book "The most beautiful flower viewing trip in Japan I want to see before I die" (Jitsugyo no Nihonsha).(July 8, 2015)
(2) AIR DO in-flight magazine "rapora" features the Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Festival(June 2, 2015)
(i) Hokuryu-cho Himawari no Sato featured in "Kotorippu Magazine Vol. 5 Summer 2015 Edition".(June 1, 2015)

2014 (2014)

Announcing the results of the 2nd Annual Hokuryu Township Citizens and Sunflowers Contest 2014(Oct. 2, 2014)
eleventh sign of the Chinese calendar Hokuryu-cho Himawari no Sato featured in K&B Publishers' "Nippon: A Journey of Great Views (New Discovery of the Earth)".(Sept. 23, 2014)
10 Kitaryu-cho Himawari no Sato featured in "Japan's Finest Unexplored Landscapes: A Selection of Japan's Original Landscapes to Keep in Your Heart" published by Kasakura Publishing Co.(Sept. 22, 2014)
nine August 22 (Fri.): Hokuryu Bon Dance Festival (Main organizer: Hokuryu Town Chamber of Commerce and Industry)(Aug. 23, 2014)
viii) Sunflowers in Hokuryu Town" fascinated painter Yoko Takeuchi.(Aug. 15, 2014)
seven (used in legal documents) Photographs of the Hokuryu Town Portal appear in the fourth issue of the free paper "JP01(Aug. 13, 2014)
6) Hokuryu Town Sunflower Village Featured in Yahoo! Travel Newsletter(August 1, 2014)
5) Hokuryu-cho Himawari no Sato featured in "AMAZING SPOT Japan's 100 Most Beautiful & Unexplored Places" by Asahi Shinbun Publishing Co.(July 17, 2014)
4) HIROKO Sunflower Exhibition - Living (Omotesando Hills, Tokyo): Sunflowers in Hokuryu-cho painted by Yoko Takeuchi.(May 12, 2014)
(iii) The Northern Heroes' Legend of Kamui Episode 3: "Forward to the Longing! Sunflower Village, Hokuryu Town!" Appearance(April 9, 2014)
(2) Hokuryu-cho Sunflower Village was featured in the book "Nippon's Best View" (published by pledge publishing company).(March 20, 2014)
(i) On a Hill Where the Sunflowers Bloom (original chorus composed by H25 graduates of Hokuryu Junior High School)(Feb. 24, 2014)

2013 (Heisei 25)

5) Sunflower Village in Hokuryu Town as seen from a motor paraglider(Aug. 16, 2013)
4) Debut of North Dragon solo hero show!(August 9, 2013)
(iii) June 30 (Sun) Sunflower Maze Making "ONE STEP FORWARD(July 1, 2013)
(2) Weeding Crusade: Wednesday, June 26 Sunflower Weeding Crusade(June 26, 2013)
(i) The "Sunflowers of the World" activity at Hokuryu Junior High School received the "Encouragement Award" in the 6th "My Village is Beautiful - Hokkaido" Campaign.(Feb. 20, 2013)

2012 (Heisei 24)

4) Drunk with Kenta Koori's passionate singing and moved by the big fireworks @ Himawari Flower Festa 2012(August 5, 2012)
(iii) Opening Ceremony of the 26th Sunflower Festival 2012 at Sunflower Village in Hokuryu Town(July 22, 2012)
(2) Weeding Crusade: Tuesday, June 19, Sunflower Village Status(June 20, 2012)
(i) Sowing of "Sunflowers of the World" was held at Hokuryu Junior High School(May 21, 2012)

2011 (Heisei 23)

Sunflower Village "Birth Story" in Hokuryu Town(Sept. 14, 2011)
Hokusho Road Race: An Opportunity to Deepen Understanding of Young Adults with Dementia" and other articles in the Hokuryu Shimbun.(August 31, 2011)
Hokuryu Bon Dance Festival 2011, Enjoying a Summer Evening(Aug. 25, 2011)
eleventh sign of the Chinese calendar Families will be at peace at the "47th Hokusho Road Race Competition" at Hokuryu Town, Hokkaido, Japan.(Aug. 21, 2011)
10 Nippon Ham BB came to Hokuryu-cho ♬♬(Aug. 10, 2011)
nine 350 people participated in JR Healthy Walking, Sunflower Village Hokuryu Town Walk (2011)(Aug. 6, 2011)
viii) Kitaryu-cho Himawari no Sato" featured in Asahi Shimbun, Hokkaido Shimbun, and Weekly Gendai(August 3, 2011)
seven (used in legal documents) Sunflower Fair was held (sponsored by Hokuryu Construction Industry Association)(July 30, 2011)
6) Birth of "moffle", collaboration of Kuro Sengoku Soybeans & Hakucho Mochi @ Himawari no Sato only.(July 28, 2011)
5) All students at Hokuryu Junior High School are growing "Sunflowers of the World(July 19, 2011)
4) Sunflower Maze "Ganbarou! Japan" to the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake(July 9, 2011)
(iii) May the "sunflowers" of Hokuryu Town bloom in the land of Minamisanriku Town, Miyagi Prefecture.(June 27, 2011)
(2) Sunflower Weeding Crusade, Hokuryu Town residents volunteered(June 15-17, 2011)
(i) I found a postage stamp of a sunflower maze with the word "Hokuryu" engraved on it!(May 24, 2011)

2010 (Heisei 22)

Thank you very much, Sunflower!(August 30, 2010)
Dr. Masaaki Oe, Commemorative Lecture for the 46th Hokusho Road Race: "Regional Revival and the Power of Agriculture(August 22, 2010)
Sunflower Village in Hokuryu Town around the time of the Bon Festival(August 16, 2010)
eleventh sign of the Chinese calendar Sorachi Taiko Federation Creative Taiko Concert(August 8, 2010)
10 Hokkaido Police Band Concert(August 7, 2010)
nine Flower festival with fireworks display, Kenji Kanda song show, and much more!(August 4, 2010)
viii) Sunflower Frisbee Tournament & Fresh Egg Catch Ball Tournament were held!(August 4, 2010)
seven (used in legal documents) Sunflower Frisbee Tournament & Fresh Egg Catch Ball Tournament postponed to August 4!(August 1, 2010)
6) Students from Hokuryu Junior High School guide "Sunflowers of the World!(July 30, 2010)
5) A mini SL and rock-paper-scissors tournament were held!(July 24, 2010)
4) Sunflower Blooming-chan mascot is now available!(July 20, 2010)
(iii) The opening ceremony of the Sunflower Festival was held!(July 17, 2010)
(2) Students from Hokuryu Junior High School are preparing for the opening of the "Sunflowers of the World" garden.(July 13, 2010)
(i) The Sunflower Weeding Crusade was active again this year!(June 16, 2010)

◇ Photography, Reporting, Editing: Noboru Terauchi & Ikuko