Daffodil Festival

Daffodil Festival (also known as the Narcissus Festival) in Gongendo Park, Satte, Saitama in 2024.

Each year in winter, from early January until around early February, thousands of daffodils and narcissus grow in the number four park of Satte Gongendo Park. The daffodil were first planted in 2005 and their numbers grew over the years. At their peak there were about half a million daffodils around 2019 and 2020.

Daffodil Festival

From Saitama Prefecture prodcuts tourism association

Gongendo is a prefectural park in Satte, renowned for its seasonal flowers. During the pandemic they cancelled many of their annual flower festivals, including the daffodil festival. Moreover, in 2021, they didn’t cultivate the daffodils and a lot less than normal bloomed. Unfortunately, as a result there were a lot less daffodils in 2022 and 2023 too. Hopefully, we will be able to see more in 2024.

The tea house in Satte Gongendo Park
The teahouse at Satte Gongendo Park

The daffodil festival is on for a couple of weeks during the period of bloom. Before the pandemic it was on for longer. Actually 2024 is the shortest period to date, even shorter than in 2023. It is only on from Saturday January 13th to Sunday January 28th 2024. The finer details have not yet been released, just the dates, but during the festival period, the teahouse near the main car park is usually open all day long. It sells snacks, coffee and ice cream. In addition, last year members of the NPO Satte Gongendo Sakura Zutsumi Preservation Society provided free tours of the park and on Saturdays and Sundays they sold seedlings at a stall by the tea house.

Daffodils at Satte Gongendo park in Saitama
Daffodils in the park in 2021

During the period of the daffodil festival you can check the flowering condition on this page on the Satte Tourism website. They update it on Tuesdays and Fridays during the festival period only.


The number four park where the daffodils grow is also where you can see stunning cherry blossom and rapeseed scenery in Spring. In June, they have the most beautiful Annabel Hydrangea. Then, in September you can see vibrant red spider lilies. The red spider lily festival was on in September for the first time in three years. In recent years, they are also growing sunflowers in summer. I’ve no doubt it will become a famous place for sunflowers in the future.


Information

Event: Daffodil Festival Satte Gongendo Park 水仙まつり

Date: from Saturday January 13th to Sunday January 28th 2024.

Time: tentative 9.30 am to 4.30 pm

Cost: free

Venue: The Number 4 park, Gongendo Park, 887-3 Uchigouma, Satte, Saitama 340-010. View on Google Maps.

Access Satte Daffodil festival in Gongendo Park

By public transport; You can take a bus from Satte Station on the Tobu Nikko line. It is the Asahi Bus bound for Goka Machi Yakuba. Alight at “Gongendo” bus stop. It costs 180 yen one way. Please note, there is only about one an hour.

The number four park’s main parking lot is about a ten minute drive from the Satte Interchange of the Keno expressway. Parking is free. The parking lot is open from 8.30 am to 5 pm. If the number four park car park is full, you can park at the number three park parking lot and use the foot bridge to get to the daffodils.

Official website.


>>Check out this completely off the beaten path daffodil spot (with a Catbus) in Tokigawa!
>>For more things to do this January in Japan
>>Saitama events by month

Editor’s note: this post was temporarily removed from the site during the pandemic. It was republished in 2022 and updated January 11th 2023. Last update December 29th 2023.

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