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Ranzan Lavender Festival
June 8, 2019 @ 09:00 - July 7, 2019 @ 17:00Yen500
2019 Ranzan Lavender Festival ~ Saturday June 8th to Sunday July 7th.
There is cause for celebration in Ranzan this Lavender season, as the Ranzan Lavender field now boasts the title of Japan’s largest lavender field. Last year it was just the largest in the Kanto plain. Now it is the largest in Japan as they planted additional lavender to bring the total to 50,000 lavender across eight hectares.
The festival has existed in previous years, but that was before Ranzan could lay claim to it being the biggest in Japan. This year they will “reopen” the festival with that accolade and accordingly have decided to charge for the pleasure of viewing from this year. They are toying with the price of 500 yen for anyone over 15 years old, but they have yet to set that price in stone.
The lavender field maybe the biggest in Japan, but the festival is still quite small. You can get food and drink there and they do have a flower picking event. They may add some stage performances to the schedule closer to the time.
Ranzan lavender fields access
The lavender fields are about an hour and a half from Tokyo by public transport. You can get a Tobu Tojo Line train from Ikebukuro to Musashi Ranzan station. If you can, I suggest avoiding the “local” train as it stops at every stop en route and takes twice the time. If you get an express, semi express or commuter express the train will stop less frequently until you get to Kawagoe. From Kawagoe most trains will stop at every station.
From Musashi Ranzan station you can either take the long but pleasantly scenic 40 minute walk to the fields, or you can take a 20 minute bus ride. If you ask at the station they will direct you to the bus stop and if you tell the bus driver you want to go to the lavender festival s/he will let you know when to get off.
By car the fields are relatively close to the cherry blossom and horseback archery spring event locations and right beside the Ranzan Keikoku BBQ area. But the official parking is about a 15 minute walk away in B&G Ocean Center.
If you park in Ranzan Keikoku BBQ area it costs 1000 yen for the day. Along the river from that BBQ site there is an entrance to another potential parking place. If you plan to eat or barbecue after – Fukurou No Mori is a gorgeous glamping style outdoor cafe and barbecue and if you take the river route is only a ten minute walk from the lavender fields.
You can see the walking route from the station to the lavender fields from Saitama Prefectural Government.
Events by their very nature are tentative. Please do check with the official sources for any last minute changes due to weather or other mitigating factors.