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Plumed Cockscomb (Celosia) in Shinrin Park | NAMEGAWA
September 1 @ 09:30 – October 19 @ 17:00
The plumed cockscomb, also known as Celosia, (Keito in Japanese) are a relatively recent addition to Shinrin Park. In the inaugural year they had about 50,000, but now there are approximately 500,000. So many events are cancelled this year, 2020, on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. However, this event and most of Shinrin Park’s flower events, are not cancelled and will go ahead as scheduled.
They generally bloom the last week of August ( around August 23rd), and come into full bloom early September. Of course weather and other factors can influence the blooming dates. And sure enough this year (2020) they are a little late and it will be the first week of September that viewing will start. Below is a photo of them in full bloom last year 2019.
There are various colored plumed cockscomb in Shinrin park, with thousands of red, yellow and pink. There are also some orange and purple too. They are beside the ponpoko mountain – the large white air trampoline. The central gate is the closest entrance, but the West isn’t too far either. It’s about 15 minutes on foot from the central entrance, and you can take a route that will bring you past the stunning Coleus too. From the West gate its about 20 minutes on foot. In October you can also see Kochia in bloom right beside the plumed cockscomb (as in the photo above). See more photos and read about our visit in 2019 here:
Usually around the same time you can also see various colorful toadstools. You will find these at various locations in the shaded areas of trees along the main walking route from the West to the South gate.
On September 20th 2020, Shinrin Park will start their latest initiative. A glamping day camp by the cockscomb. You can rent a tent and even order a picnic. More information here.
Park entry is 450 per adult, no charge for children.
Access Plumed Cockscomb at Shinrin Park
The nearest train station is Shinrin Koen Station on the Tobu Tojo line. You can get a bus to the West gate of the park from the station:
From Shinrin-koen Station on the Tobu Tojo Line
From the official site:
Get off at Shinrin-koen Station on the Tobu Tojo Line, and there is a bus stop and taxi stand at the North Exit. It is approx. a 3 km (approx. 40 min.) walk to the Shinrin Park’s South Gate.
Bus: To Shinrin Park South Exit (Running on Saturdays, Sundays, and national holidays only), Get on the direct bus to Shinrin-koen,and get off at the last stop
To Kumagaya Sta. South Exit and To Rissho Daigaku, for South gate get off at Namerikawa Chugakko, and walk approx. 5 min. For West Gate, Get off at Shinrin-koen West Ent., and it is directly before you
From Kumagaya Station on the JR Takasaki Line
From the official site:
Get off at Kumagaya Station on the JR Takasaki Line, and there is a bus stop at the South Exit.
BUS: To Shinrin-koen Station, For West Gate: Get off at Shinrin-koen West Ent., and it is directly before you. For South Gate: Get off at Shinrin-koen South Ent.,
and it is directly before you
There is plenty of parking. It is charged by the day. At the central gate there is additional independent parking lots. They are cheaper than the park’s parking costs. However, they are normally only open on weekends and public holidays. And some of them are quite a distance from the gate. Bear in mind that this particular gate is also quite far from the nearest play area.
For more information on Shinrin Park:
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- September 1, 2020 @ 09:30
- October 19, 2020 @ 17:00
- Event Categories:
- Events, Flowers
- Event Tags:
- Autumn Leaves, Shinrin park
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Events by their very nature are tentative. Please do check with the official sources for any last minute changes due to weather or other mitigating factors, particularly with the current Coronavirus outbreak.