Gather your hats and sunscreens, and mark your calendars for the grandeur of Kanagawa Prefecture’s annual Zama Sunflower Festival. Held from August 11th to August 14th, 2023, the festival is a mesmerizing spectacle of 550,000 sunflowers spreading across the city of Zama.

A Magnificent Sea of Yellow

Zama Sunflower Festival
Zama Sunflower Festival

The tradition of planting sunflowers in Zama began in 1993 and has grown in both scale and fame. Today, a stunning panorama of sunflowers dominates a sprawling 5.5-hectare field, painting the landscape in a vibrant hue of yellow.

Overlook the Beauty from a Viewing Platform

Zama Sunflower Festival
Zama Sunflower Festival

To capture the true essence of this spectacle, a viewing platform has been set up at the venue, giving you a bird’s-eye view of the expansive sunflower field. Be prepared to be captivated by the magnificent sea of sunflowers that stretch as far as the eye can see.

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Local Shops And Stalls

Zama Sunflower Festival
Zama Sunflower Festival

Throughout the festival period, visitors can also expect to find pop-up stores run by local shops, and even a chance to try your hand at catching sweetfish. Stalls will be selling sunflower bouquets, agricultural produce, and local specialty products.

Event Information

  • Name: Zama 550,000 Sunflower Festival
  • Dates: August 11th (Friday) to August 14th (Monday), 2023
  • Time: 9:30 to 17:00
  • Location: Zama and Yotsuya areas, south and north of Zakai Bridge, Zama, Kanagawa [Map]
  • Admission: Free

Getting There

Visitors can walk 20 minutes from either Sobudai-shita Station or Iriya Station on the JR Sagami Line. A shuttle bus service will also be in operation for the festival. For those taking a regular bus, services are available from the Odakyu Line’s Zama Station or Sobudaishita Station, taking the Zama Yotsuya bus to the “Jinjamae” stop. The venue is a 10-minute walk from there.

For those planning to drive, the venue is approximately 10 minutes from the Ken-O Tōmei Atsugi Interchange, or 25 minutes from the Yokohama Machida Interchange on the Tomei Expressway.

The Sum Up

Prepare for a joyous summer day in the heart of Kanagawa’s sunflower fields, where the radiant beauty of the Zama Sunflower Festival awaits.

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