Cosmos picking in Shimoyatsubayashi and Autumn Roses in Heisei No Mori
Kawajima November 2019
Cosmos Fields Shimoyatsubayashi
Shimoyatsubayashi, although home to the town hall and most of town’s public facilities, is a very rural area of Kawajima Town in the Hiki District of Saitama. The cosmos fields aren’t as large as the famous fields of Konosu or Yoshimi, but they are big enough to great a picturesque landscape.
The cosmos flowers in Shimoyatsubayashi are pink, purple, orange, yellow and white. Although the Cosmos period is coming to an end, the cosmos in Shimoyatsubayashi in Kawajima Town still looked pretty today. I love the way you can see flowers cosmos flowers in Saitama for most of the Autumn.
Flower picking in Japan
Like Singapore, Japan also frowns on people picking flowers unless they own them. However, unlike Singapore, there is no official law. It is just an unspoken rule that is common knowledge.
Often at a flower festival there is a couple of fields where they allow people pick, but they usually charge for the pleasure. Shimoyatsubayashi doesn’t charge, but you can only pick as the season winds down.
Cosmos picking Shimoyatsubayashi
As the season has now past its peak this first week in November, the cosmos field in Shimoyatsubayashi is allowing people to pick the flowers for free. The fields aren’t particularly big, but there are still plenty of flowers to chose from and picking should continue for another few days at least.
My own kids often pick flowers in their Baaba’s garden, but they still enjoyed the rare opportunity to pick a full, but small, bunch from a flower field today. I noticed people were very conservative in the amount they picked. Common courtesy – just one of the many things I love about life in Japan.
Cosmos Shimoyatsubayashi Information
|Address:||870-1 Shimoyatsubayashi, Kawajima, Hiki District 350-0122|
|Period:||The cosmos bloom from around early September to early November. Flower picking is from the start of November.|
|Online:||Official Kawajima Tourism website|
Heisei No Mori Park
The cosmos fields are beside Kawajima town hall, which is beside Heisei No Mori park. Heisei No Mori park, although relatively small, is an excellent park for families. There is a decent playground that preschoolers and elementary school students enjoy. The park is also quite scenic and is famous for its roses.
At the moment there are some Autumn Roses in bloom. The park hosts some really great events too. Just yesterday they had their annual culture day festival. Later in the month they have Bustival, a bus festival, and their Spring festival is a really great day out for kids. Their winter illumination will be starting soon.
The roses in Heisei No Mori park are quite well known throughout the Kanto plain. The park boasts the largest rose tunnel in Japan. They don’t really push their autumn roses as only a few bloom, but in May the roses in the park are spectacular.
Today, there were only a handful of roses dotted around the rose tunnel. We saw pink, white, red, yellow and even a purple one. Yet another thing to love about life in Japan: all the different flowers and colors to enjoy throughout the seasons. The variety is so great that you can literally see different flowers every month of the year.
|Address:||920 Shimoyatsubayashi, Kawajima, Hiki District, 350-0122|
|Hours:||24 hours, but the car park closes at 9 pm|
|Cost:||Free and free parking|
|Online:||Official webpage on the town’s official website|
The Shimoyatsubayashi area is located about a kilometer from the Kawajima Interchange of the Ken-o expressway. By public transport its a little tricky, with only infrequent buses running from Kawagoe or Wakaba stations on the Tobu Tojo line. The park is a 20 minute walk from 「川島農協前」(Kawajima Nokyou mae) bus stop.
In the area:
Kawamin House public children’s community center with outdoor and indoor play areas.
Toyama Memorial Museum a period house with a museum and landscaped garden.
Bokuranote Dog Cafe and dog shelter, which just opened last month.