Takikawa Canola Flowers（Nanohana）
Since 1988, Takikawa’s production of Canola flowers has rapidly increased to become one of the largest producers in Japan. Sometime between late May and early June. The yellow of the Canola flowers spreads brilliantly across the many fields in the city, a beautiful sight that attracts many foreign and domestic tourists to Takikawa.
The Takikawa Nanohana Festival (Nanohana means Canola Flowers) is our city's largest event of the year. We set up a viewing platform next to the year’s main flower field, as well as food stalls serving dishes made from local ingredients and canola products, and even host live performances. We run a “Nanohana Bus” to each festival location, as well as “Nanohana Taxis” that circle around the best fields, so visitors can enjoy our beautiful canola flower fields to the fullest.
Takikawa Nanohana Festival Homepage (English)
Takikawa Nanohana Festival
2019 Takikawa Nanohana Festival
This festival, which began in the year 2000, was held for the 20th time in 2019. The 20th anniversary festival boasted a number of special features, including a “Nanohana Café” operated by Seico Mart in a community-development effort with the city, and a live performance by boy band “NORD” of Office Cue, and drew in huge crowds to celebrate this landmark occasion in style.
At the special gourmet venue located in the Maruka Highlands, guests could enjoy various items made from local ingredients including our famed canola products, as well as the "JingisDON!! Festa" where they could eat and compare Jingisukan from 5 different restaurants. (Jingisukan is a dish of grilled marinated lamb, and a local specialty of Takikawa)
About the Canola Flowers
There are 2 types of Canola flowers cultivated in Takikawa. The first is the Kizaki no Natane ( Rapeseed ・brassica napus) which is mainly cultivated for oil that is exported domestically. However, another variety of Canola, the Haru no Kagayaki is also grown here for food.
Canola Specialty Products
Using the oil of Takikawa’s Canola flowers, a variety of products are created and sold for local consumption. In addition, the “Yuki wari Nabana” which goes well with many culinary dishes is sold for a limited time in early Spring. Please click here to view our Canola products.
*In particular, the “Yuki wari Nabana” grown in Takikawa is more nutritious, sweeter and softer than those grown elsewhere.
History of the Takikawa Nanohana Festival
The event continued to grow in scope year after year, and in 2011 the Growers’ Association, the city, the Tourism Association, JA and others came together to sponsor the 2011 Takikawa Nanohana Festival.
To accommodate the event’s continued expansion and the increase in tourist numbers, we now also host “Nanohana Week” where we have our viewing platform installed at the main field for the whole week. The timeframe is decided based on the projected flowering conditions, and contains the weekend of the festival. This once-small festival has grown to become the city’s flagship event, and now welcomes over 100,000 domestic and foreign visitors every year.