~Summer Outdoor Activities: Sunflower Fest!!~


This year has flown by–it’s already summer!! With August right around the corner, that can mean only one thing… sunflowers! You don’t want to miss your chance to see fields of sunflowers in full bloom. It’s a sight that will surely bring a smile to your face. Naturally, there are several events to enjoy these flowers. So, how about making a great summer memory and checking it out?


①Sakai – Harvest Hill: Sunflower Fest

During the Sunflower Fest you can enjoy over 40 varieties of sunflowers–that’s right 40!! Around 80,000 sunflowers have been planted and are getting ready to bloom. Of course there will be yellow sunflowers, but also many types that you may or may not have seen: red, white, light green, even sunflowers with multiple layers of petals! There will surely be new sights to see when you are at the Harvest hill Sunflower Fest. In fact, this year the sunflowers will appear in a gradient along the field so you can enjoy the individual sunflowers as well as them all together!! Harvest Hills even planted seeds for sunflowers that can grow over 7 meteres tall! Perhaps they’ll even be able to grow the world’s tallest sunflower…? At Harvest Hill’s Sunflower Fest you can also expect to enjoy different sunflower themed craft workshops, a special food menu, and more.


Sakai – Harvest Hill: Sunflower Fest 堺・緑のミュージアム ハーベストの丘「ひまわりフェスタ」
Dates: August 1st, 2019 ~ August 31st, 2019
Address: 2405-1 Hachigamineji, Minami-ku, Sakai-shi, Osaka
-Weekdays: 9:30~17:30
-Weekends and Holidays: 9:30~18:00
July~August Special Summer Hours: 9:30~18:00 daily
November Autumn Hours: 9:30~17:00 daily
December~February Winter Hours: 10:00~17:00 daily
Closed on: January 1st, every Wednesday between the months of December to February
Admission Fee:
-Adults 900 JPY
-Children 500 JPY
-Seniors (65 & up) & university students 600 JPY
-Infants (3 & under) free
Nearest Station: 20 minutes by bus from Izumigaoka Station
Homepage: https://farm.or.jp/event/3727?201907


②Nagai Botanical Garden (Nagai Park)

August is no doubt the best time to seen sunflowers. And at Nagai Botanical Garden you can enjoy 10,000 sunflowers, soaking up the sun in full bloom. You can enjoy the joyful yellow summer landscape, framed by the bright blue sky–a sight to look forward to. It’ll be so wonderful, Nagai Botanical Garden will even extend their hours for 2 hours during this time.


Nagai Botanical Garden (Nagai Park) Sunflower Week 大阪市立長居植物園「ひまわりウィーク」
Dates: August 3rd, 2019~August 18th, 2019
*Closed on the 5th & temporarily open on the 13th
Address: Nagai Botanical Garden, 1-23 Nagaikoen, Higashi-Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka
大阪市東住吉区長居公園1-23 長居植物園
Admission Fee: Free
*Separate fee to enter the botanical garden required: adults – 200 JPY, children 15 and under – free
Nearest Station:
– Nagai Station – Osaka Metro Midosuji Line (Exit 3)
– Nagai Station – JR Hanwa Line (East Exit) – 2 min. on foot
– Tsurugaoka Station – JR Hanwa Line – (East Exit) – 3 min. on foot
Homepage: https://www.nagai-park.jp/events/22451


③Expo ’70 Commemorative Park

At Expo ’70 Commemorative Park you can expect 22 different varieties of sunflowers, and around 10,000 sunflowers in full bloom. It’ll be quite the site: so many sunflowers all together, all facing the sun, in full bloom–surely it’ll put a smile on your face! You can see the varieties you know and love as well as rare types you may not have seen before–you may even think to yourself, “I didn’t know there were sunflowers that looked like that!” At Expo Park you can enjoy the sunflowers as well as other fun activities this summer: water activities, illumination, and more. Have a blast at Expo ’70 Commemorative Park this summer!


Expo ’70 Commemorative Park Sunflower Festa 万博記念公園 ひまわりフェスタ
Dates: July 20th, 2019~August 12th, 2019
Address: 1-1 Senribanpakukoen, Suita-shi, Osaka
Hours: 09:30-17:00
Closed on: Wednesdays
Admission Fee: Free
*Separate fee required for Natural and Cultural Gardens
Nearest Station: – Banpakukinen Koen Station – Osaka Monorail – 5 min. on foot
– Koen Higashiguchi Station – Osaka Monorail – 5 min. on foot
Homepage: https://www.expo70-park.jp/event/31103/


Let the enchanting sunflowers brighten up your day!!♪


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