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Kinchakuda Red Spider Lily Festival | HIDAKA

September 14, 2019 @ 08:00 - September 29, 2019 @ 17:00

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Kinchakuda Red Spider Lily Festival

The famous red spider lilies in Kinchakuda in Hidaka (Saitama) bloom from about mid September. The date for the corresponding festival is always set close to the time they bloom. Prime viewing of the flowers is usually around a week after the flowers are officially declared open.

Red spider lilies Saitama

Kinchakuda is synonymous with red spider lilies in Saitama. It is the most famous of the three red spider lily festivals of Saitama. However, there are also smaller red spider lily fields and viewing spots in various locations around Saitama. Kinchakuda is by far the largest with half a million red spider lilies. Red spider lilies are called Higanbana in Japanese. 

Red Spider Lily Festival Kinchakuda

Unfortunately, we won’t know for another couple of months (June 2019) what the festival dates for 2019 are. However, without a doubt the festival will start sometime in September. And as such will coincide with a week or two of the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Update September 6th 2019: the official dates have been set as from Saturday September 14th until Sunday 29th of September.

Image from the official site

Kinchakuda Manjushage Park

Kinchakuda-Manjushage Park has over FIVE MILLION red spider lilies. It is a spectacular sight to behold and attracts thousands of visitors. Approximately 25,000 of them (visitors)! There also food stalls and various stage performances scheduled for the festival period. You can see the schedule on the official site linked in the grey details box below.

On the edge of the park is an ORGANIC CAFE AND SHOP Alishan Organic Center to grab a bite or pick up some foreign healthy produce. Also nearby is Japanese Food Asahi with a twist of Korean food and ingredients. It is very popular for lunch:

The best time of day to get a good picture is around 10 am in the morning. One of the prime viewing spots, as an example, is starred on the below photo, as is the parking.


Viewing costs 300 yen for adults and is free for children under 16.

The popular MOOK Aki Pia recommend combining a trip to see the Spider Lilies with the Hidaka Kuri (Chestnut) Festival. Unfortunately, the date for the 2019 chestnut festival was not yet decided at the time of the last update for this article. However, it will be held between the hours of 9 am to 4.30 pm.

Where else can I see red spider lilies, Higanbana, near Tokyo?

Satte City in Gongendo Park. Kinchakuda and Gongendo park are the two most famous places you can see red spider lilies near Tokyo and in the Kanto region. Both are in Saitama prefecture, just north of Tokyo. However, there is a third at the Terasaka Terraced Rice Fields, also in Saitama (Yokoze in Chichibu), which is a little more remote and off the tourist trail. It has 2 million red spider lily.  Moreover, you can also see spider lilies of different colors in Yoshimi. 


15 minute walk from Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Koma Station.
18 minute drive from Tsurugashima Interchange of Kanetsu Expressway.

In the area:

The stunning Shoden Temple

Saiboku hot springs and ham

Hidaka Sougou Park | HIDAKA

Easy Hike to Gojyou Waterfall | HIDAKA

Best of Saitama: Chikozan Park | SAYAMA

(Annual reoccuring event first posted on September 2016)


September 14, 2019 @ 08:00
September 29, 2019 @ 17:00
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巾着田, Japan, 〒350-1251 Saitama-ken, Hidaka-shi, 大字高麗本郷125−2
hidaka, Hidaka 350-1251 Japan
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