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CANCELLED “Benibana” Safflower Festival | OKEGAWA

June 20 @ 09:30 - June 21 @ 16:00


The “Benibana” Safflower Festival of Okegawa for 2020 was scheduled for Saturday June 20th and Sunday June 21st. The festival takes place between 9.30 am to 4 pm on both days. However, due to the COVID-19 causing Coronavirus, the event has been cancelled

Official cancellation notification.

2019 Event Information



Benibana safflower festival manhole cover
© Safflower Manhole Cover in Okegawa

Safflowers are the flowers of Okegawa. Even the city’s mall is named after the flower: Apita’s Benibana Walk. You can find Safflower Manhole covers in the city too. And even the bus has safflower motifs on it.

Safflower festival okegawa go bus
By 金士明 – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0,

Safflower Festival

On both the 15th and 16th they have food stalls and children’s attractions at the Okegawa  Agricultural center. There are stage events scheduled to, but due to the bad weather there maybe changes. The festival is free, but a few of the events are charged. For example, you can pay to try a toy drone or for 100 yen you can pick some of the safflower.

The festival is celebrated in different parts of Okegawa. But there are three different safflower fields.  However, the main festival area is at the Okegawa Agricultural center. One of the safflower fields is close to here and you can experience picking the flowers for a nominal fee in this particular field. That flower field is opposite the Shiroyama Park, which is a lovely park for children. The other area is the Benibana Furusato Kan near the Okegawa Kano Interchange of the ken-o expressway, mapped in the photo below.

Access the Benibana Festival

Benibana safflower festival access

The main festival area is at the Okegawa Agriculture center which is near to Shiroyama Park. 

The Agriculture center is an approximate 15 minute bus ride from Okegawa Station’s West exit. Take a bus for Kawagoe Station 川越駅 and alight at Kawataya shisho Bus Stop 川田谷支所.

By car it is 5 minutes from the Okegawa – Kitamoto interchange on the Ken-O Expressway. It takes one hour by car from Tokyo. Map and URLs in the grey details box at the very bottom of the post.

Also in the area:

Benibana Walk

Benibana Walk | OKEGAWA

Hydrangea also bloom in June in Japan. Check out the Kisai Hydrangea Festival, the Satte Hydrangea Festival and this Hydrangea Temple.


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June 20 @ 09:30
June 21 @ 16:00
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Okegawa City Agriculture Center
Kawataya, 4414
Okegawa-shi,, Saitama-ken, 〒363-0027
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