Azalea on Mt Kanao in Yorii

Information for Yorii’s azalea park on Mt Kanao (Kanaosan). When I was updating the 2024 information for Hojo Samurai Festival yesterday, I saw a post about this azalea festival on Yorii town’s website. The featured photo at the top of the post is from that page, linked at the bottom of the post. I have not yet visited personally. When I do, I will update this post with even more information! For now, just an event post about the Mt Kanao Azalea Festival…

Mt Kanao Azalea

Mt Kanao is also known as Tsutsujiyama. Tsutsuji is the Japanese for azalea, yama the Japanese for mountain. Despite being on a mountain, the Mount Kanao azalea are actually quite accessible! As they are located relatively close to a train station. It would make a good place for a scenic spring hike, by the sounds of it. Approximately 5,000 azaleas grow wild on a mountain of approximately 2.7 hectares. The best time to see them is generally mid-April according to Yorii town, but it sounds like they were late to bloom this year. However, they have peaked already this year, just this past week. They continue to bloom, but have past their absolute prime, according to Yorii town.

Tweet from April 25th:

Mt Kanao Azalea Festival

The festival started on April 10th, but it is on until Sunday May 5th 2024. So if you are looking for something to do / see in the Yorii / Northern Saitama area during Golden Week…! There isn’t much online about the festival. I get the feeling it is one of those “festivals” that just represents the period of bloom of a flower.

It would seem that Mt Kanao once had the honor of hosting the National Tree Planting festival, more than 60 years ago. And interestingly, the National Tree Planting festival is coming back to Saitama Prefecture (Muse Park) for the first time in 66 years, next year (2025). (The festival is held in a different location in Japan each year).

Information

Event: Mt Kanao (Kanaosan) Azalea Festival 2024 金尾山つつじまつり

Date: from Wednesday April 10th to Sunday May 5th 2024

Time: not specified, daylight hours advised.

Cost: there is no admission fee.

Venue: Mt Kanao Azalea Park aka Tsutsujiyama, 金尾山ツツジ公園・つつじやま、Kanao, Yorii, Osato District, Saitama 369-1236. View on Google Maps.

Access

According to Yorii town website, the azaela park is about a twenty minute walk from Hagure Station. Hagure station is on the quaint, rural Chichibu Railway line. The steam locomotive also runs those tracks. If you come by car, there is a parking lot.

Official event page on Yorii town website.

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