Ancient lotus of 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 (click for event information). The rice field art is usually visible shortly after the lotus are finished.

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. Generally they bloom from mid June until end of July with a few lingering into August. The official period in 2021 has been announced as from June 19th until August 1st. That is the period that the car will be charged. The lotus are at the front of the park beside the observation tower. On June 20th and July 18th there will be a concert from 11 am to around noon in the observation tower for people who have paid into the tower.

Ancient Lotus Flower viewing

The park is free in. Parking is charged during the 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.

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, the rice paddy art and the observation tower:

Shuttle Bus

There was no shuttle bus in 2020 due to the Coronavirus outbreak, but they are planning to run it in 2021. It will only operate on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays between June 19th and July 25th. Please note there is only one an hour between 7.20 am and 14.10 pm (from the station). The route is Gyoda Station – Kodai Hasu no Sato – Sakitama – Oshi Castle – Gyoda Station. It costs 200 yen for adults, 100 yen for children. It takes about twenty minutes. On the way back to the station please note the bus also stops at Sakitama and Gyoda City Bus Terminal so the journey is slightly longer. Click here for bus timetable.

Official event webpage

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