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Samukawa Town, Kanagawa Prefecture: “Samukawa Winter Sunflowers Vol. 2,” a Winter Specialty of Samukawa Town, Tour and Picking Experience

2023.11.27

The “Winter Sunflowers” are in full bloom again this year, and for the eighth year in a row, a total of more than 130,000 sunflowers, cultivated with great care by volunteers and the Samukawa Town Tourist Association, are in full bloom at three locations in the town.

The “Winter Sunflowers” project was initiated by the Samukawa Tourist Association to take advantage of the town’s mild and mild climate to change the cold image associated with the name “Samukawa.” The project also makes use of idle land, and the sunflowers are used as fertilizer for potatoes after they finish blooming.

Tour and picking experience

Date & Time: Saturday, November 18 and Sunday, November 19, 2023
10:00〜14:00
Venue: Samukawa sunflower field near 3922-5 Miyayama, Samukawa-cho
Cost: Tour is free of charge. Picking experience is 100 yen per person (up to 5 plants).

>Samukawa Town Tourist Association Website

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