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Peony Festival in Botanen | Higashimatsuyama
April 21 @ 08:30 - May 6 @ 17:30
Peony Festival in Botanen, Higashimatsuyama
There are two famous Peony festivals in Higashimatsuyama. One in the gardens beside Yakyu Inari (the baseball shrine) and one in Botanen park. Botanen park has approximately 6000 peonies.
The park is usually free to enter, but during the Peony flower festival they charge 500 yen for adults and 100 yen for school aged children.
The festival dates for 2018 are April 21st to May 6th. There will be live performances on some dates during that period, but detailed information has not been released yet. There are some stalls at the festival selling local produce.
Last year they put a brand new playground into Botanen park. It is now the biggest playground in the city of Higashimatsuyama. There is one large combination piece, with another smaller one in front as well as stepping stones, balancing beams and a number of other small pieces.
Within the combination piece there are climbing features as well as a number of slides, one of which is a windy tunnel slide and another a roller slide. The roller slide has plastic sleighs beside it that you can use freely to protect your bum as you come down the slide!
Peony Festival Botanen Higashimatsuyama Access
Botanen is in Higashimatsuyama, but is very close to the south gate of Shinrin Park in Namegawa. It is about a 15 minute drive from the Higashimatsuyama exit of the Kanetsu expressway. There is free parking in two different locations at Botanen. In total about 330 cars can park.
The nearest stations are Higashimatsuyama station and Shinrin Koen Station on the Tobu Tojo Line. They are about a ten or fifteen minute drive from Botanen. During Peony season there is a special bus that runs three times an hour between 9 am and 3 pm from Higashimatsuyama Station on Saturdays. There are also return buses three times an hour, but between 10 am and 4 pm and the very last bus to Higashimatsuyama station is at 5.05 pm. It costs 100 yen each way.
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