A field of cosmos flowers, colorfully decorating the hillside.

Cosmos flowers are also called the cherry blossoms of autumn, and represent autumn in Japan. Fields of cosmos can be seen in many places in Japan because they are easy to grow as long as they get a lot of sunshine, even on land that is not fertile.

Niji-no-Hiroba in Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park

This field of cosmos is one of the largest in Japan, with 10 million cosmos flowers blooming in a field larger than 100 thousand square meters. These pink, white, orange and yellow flowers bloom from mid-August to the end of September. At the Cosmos Festa, held every year when cosmos bloom, you can enjoy fireworks and events, including the exhibition of local products.

Niji-no-Hiroba in Taiyo-no-Oka Engaru Park

Address: Marudai, Engaru-cho, Mombetsu-gun, Hokkaido

Access: About 10 min by taxi from Engaru Station on the JR Hokkaido Sekihoku Main Line

Admission: 300 yen for adults, 150 yen for ages 6-15, free for ages 5 and under during the period when cosmos flowers are in bloom

Hana-no-Miyako Koen (park), Lake Yamanaka Hana-no-Miyako Koen (park), Lake Yamanaka

Hana-no-Miyako Koen (park) at Lake Yamanaka in Yamanashi Prefecture is a special place where you can see the grand sight of Mt. Fuji over a field of cosmos flowers. The best season to visit is from the beginning of September to mid-October, where you can see not only pink and white cosmos, but also the yellow cosmos field mixed with orange. This is a must-see.

Hana-no-Miyako Koen (park), Lake Yamanaka

Address: 1650 Yamanaka, Yamanakako-mura, Minamitsuru-gun, Yamanashi Prefecture

Access: About 30 min from Fujisan Station on the Fuji Kyuko Line via the “Fujikko-go”, one of Lake Yamanaka’s sightseeing buses, near “Hana-no-Miyako Koen” bus stop.

Admission: Free to enter the field (some areas require an admission fee)

Bicchu Kokubunji Temple and cosmos flowers

The five-storied pagoda standing in the pastoral fields is the landmark of Bicchu Kokubunji Temple in Okayama Prefecture. Cosmos bloom around the temple from the beginning to the end of October, where you can see the field of cosmos set against the five-storied pagoda in the background. Such scenery can only be viewed in Japan.

Bicchu Kokubunji Temple

Address: 1046 Kanbayashi, Soja City, Okayama Prefecture

Access: About 15 min by taxi from Soja Station of JR Hakubi Line, about 30 min by rental bicycle

Admission: Free