Potato plants bloom in Kutchan

A field of flowering potato plants with Mt. Yotei in the background

Potato plants are in full bloom at the foot of Mt. Yotei in the town of Kutchan in the Shiribeshi prefecture, which is known as one of Hokkaido’s leading potato producing regions. The sight of fields full of flowers swaying in the breeze is a sign that summer has arrived.

This year, several thousand hectares have been planted in Kutchan and, in the Kotohira district of the town, the white flowers of the ‘Toya’ variety, and pale purple flowers of the ‘Danshaku’ variety can be seen blooming at the tip of stems that have grown to almost knee height. Tourists can be seen stopping their cars to take photos of the fields with Mt. Yotei in the background.

According to the Yotei Agricultural Cooperative, the flowers can be seen until about the first half of August. Harvesting will begin at the end of July and peak from September to October. Despite much rain in May, the region was subsequently blessed with good weather and the potatoes are said to be growing well.


Kotohira district of Kutchan town