A close up of a lotus flower from the side taken at the ancient lotus park in Kodai Hasu no Sato

Ancient Lotus, Kodai Hasu No Sato, Gyoda. Mid June to early August.

Kodai Hasu No Sato ~ Ancient Lotus Flower Park

Kodai Hasu no Sato is a public park in Gyoda city. It was developed to showcase the ancient lotus that were found in the area a few years ago. Before the seeds where found (on an industrial site) it was believed that this particular variety of lotus was extinct. The lotus flowers are famous in the flower world and people come from far and wide to view these miraculous blooms, but on a larger tourism scale the park is actually probably best known for its rice field art. The rice field art is usually most visible shortly after the lotus are finished. But in 2021 and 2022 they actually overlapped for a bit.

Ancient Lotus Flowers at Kodai Hasu no Sato

ancient lotus variations on display in Kodai Hasu No Sato
Ancient lotus variaties on display in Kodai Hasu No Sato

There are 120,000 lotus flowers in Kodai No Sato, of 42 different varieties. They have each variety clearly marked out at the site, with a little bit of information available for most varieties. Generally they bloom from mid June until end of July with a few lingering into August. There are displays of lotus at the front of the park beside the observation tower, as well as in the middle of the park.

observation tower in Kodai Hasu no Sato in Gyoda City Saitama Prefecture
Lotus shaped observation tower

“Bloom period”2023

Once again in 2023, for the fourth year in a row, they have decided not to have a festival for the lotus this year. But they have an official viewing period which in 2023 is from Saturday June 24th until Sunday August 6th. Which is very similar to the 2022 bloom period, but later than the 2021 period. Even they are not calling it a “festival” again in 2023, just a “bloom period”, they are charging for the parking lot! Before the pandemic the parking lot was only ever charged when the lotus festival was on! However, on the flip side they will have a free shuttle bus on the weekends and the public holiday of the bloom period in June and July. (But none in August).

Lotus through a heart shaped board at the Kodai Hasu no Sato in Gyoda
Heart shaped view point in 2021

Each year they have a couple of mini concerts at the observation tower, for people who have paid into the tower, during the festival or bloom period. There are usually some craft or workshops on during July too. Generally on Saturday and Sundays.

Information

Event: Viewing period of the ancient lotus of Gyoda’s Kodai Hasu no Sato.

Date: from Saturday June 24th to Sunday August 6th 2023.

Time: The park is open 24 hours but the car park doesn’t open until 5 am. The tower opens every day during the official viewing period. It opens from 7 am to 4.30 pm with last entry at 4 pm. The tower is an observation tower. You can see the lotus (and in August the rice art) from the observation deck. More information about the park and observation tower here and about the rice paddy art here.

Cost: The park is free in. Parking is charged during the official lotus flower season between the hours of 5 am and 2 pm. It costs 500 yen for a regular car and 1500 yen for a mini van or larger. The tower costs 400 yen for adults and 200 yen for children over six years old. However, if you have paid for parking you get a small discount (lotus flower period only). Children under six years old can enter the tower for free.

Shuttle Bus

The free shuttle bus is only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from June 24th to Sunday July 30th. That is, there is no free shuttle bus in August. Please note there is only one an hour between 7.20 am and 14.10 pm (from Gyoda station). The route is Gyoda Station – Kodai Hasu no Sato – SakitamaOshi Castle bus terminal – Gyoda Station. Hence on the way back the journey is slightly longer as the bus stops at both Sakitama and Oshi Castle bus terminal. Oshi Castle is near to the Oshi Castle bus terminal and currently (June / July 2023) they have a beautiful, free, umbrella sky. The bus takes about twenty minutes from Gyoda Station to the park and about 30 minutes on the way back.

Official event webpage

Last update June 9th 2023. Last republish June 9th 2022. Before that June 13th 2019. First published circa 2015.

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