Suhara Sunflower Field
Suhara Himawari no Sato is found in the neighbouring prefecture of Aichi – in Mino City, Gifu Prefecture. With almost 30,000 (big and small) floras, this sunflower maze is a sure delight to tourists.
If you are into cosplaying and want to add spice in your photo sessions with the sunflower, then Suhara Himawari no Sato is the place for you! There is a myriad of costumes they provide for their patrons with a rental fee of 200 yen for one hour per costume.
If you have watched Studio Ghibli’s Kiki’s Delivery Service, you will be familiar with Kiki’s costume and her cat, Jiji riding the broomstick. Kiki’s costume is the most popular, with a simple dark blue dress and a red bow-tie headband, there is no hassle in transforming into a witch. Imagine that – you can be an enchantress and float above the sea of yellows and greens!
Access: 468-3 Shimokowa, Mino City, Gifu Prefecture, Japan
MUST-SEE SIDE TRIPS!
While you’re at it at Mino City, you can visit some of its charm points that will surely make your trip worthwhile.
The Nagara River will greet you upon arriving to Suhara Station. Beat the summer heat by swimming in this river and do barbecue party with your family and friends. Do not forget to bring a change of clothes and remember to always be vigilant and extra conscious about your safety though!
Just less than 10-minute walk from the sunflower field, you can see the Suhara Shrine. Worshippers visit this shrine for good harvest as it is known as a shrine for the god of agriculture.
Access: 468-1-1 Suhara, Mino 501-3706, Gifu Prefecture
Travel back in time to the Edo period and see the Udatsu-styled houses near the Umeyama station. Kimono rentals for men and women are available for your full experience as you indulge deeper in the traditional culture of Udatsu. (Rental fee is 1,500 yen. Reservation is necessary through 090-3934-3443). You can also visit the Ogurayama Castle Ruins just near the vicinity.
Access: Mino, Gifu Prefecture 501-3701
Old Meitetsu Mino Station
Situated nearby the contemporary Mino City Station, the Old Meitetsu Mino Station retains its entrance façade, the ticketing booth and a little part of the railway displaying three old Meitetsu train wagons. This is another area to go retro and feel the olden days of Japan.
Access: 2926－4 Hirookacho, Mino-shi, Gifu-ken 501-3732