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Cluster Amaryllis Terasaka Terraced Rice Fields | YOKOZE

September 14, 2019 @ 09:00 - September 29, 2019 @ 17:00

Terasaka Rice terraces higanbana red spider lily cluster amaryllis from the official Yokoze Tourism website

Cluster Amaryllis / Higanbana  / Red spider lilies at the Terasaka terraced Rice fields in Yokoze

What is another name for cluster amaryllis?

The cluster amaryllis is a flower of many names. In Japan, they are most frequently called Higanbana or Manjushage. In English the most common name is red spider lilies. They are also known as red magic lily, equinox flower and the scientific genus of Lycoris radiata. 

Where are the three red spider lily fields in Saitama?

The most famous and largest is Kinchakuda in Hidaka. Gongendo Park in Satte is also widely known. The Terasaka terraced rice fields is the third and least known of the red spider lily fields in Saitama.

What are the Terasaka terraced rice fields?

The Terasaka terraced rice fields are several tiered rice fields in the Yokoze area of Chichibu in Saitama. They are one of only a few remaining tiered rice fields in Japan. Each individual rice field is flat with its neighboring fields a level below and above. Together they create a stairway of paddy fields. There is 55,000 meters squared of the fields and they are back dropped by Chichibu’s tallest peak, Mount Buko. 

Candle night at terasaka terraced rice field where there is also a cluster amaryllis or red spider lily, festival
Candle night. From the official website

In recent years the Terasaka terraced fields have enjoyed increased tourism, particularly in the summer when they have a candle night and firefly viewing.


Cluster Amaryllis at Terasaka Terraced Rice Fields 

There are two million red spider lilies at Terasaka terraced paddy fields. They are often referred to as equinox flower because they bloom, as the name suggests, close to the autumnal equinox (23rd of September). For many, they indicate a change in the seasons; from summer to autumn. 

Festival Information

This year the annual cluster amaryllis festival is currently (June 9th 2020) scheduled for Sunday September 20th between 10 am and 3 pm. There are music performances during that time. However, please note that due to the coronavirus outbreak there is a possibility of cancellation. The town said they will announce on their website (here), if the event is cancelled.

The event is free in, but they welcome a 200 yen contribution to the upkeep of the flowers and the terraced rice fields.

Information for Kinchakuda

Information for Gongendo


You can walk or take a bus from Seibu Chichibu line’s Yokoze Station. It takes about 15 minutes on foot. 

If you are coming by car there is official parking available near the rice terraces for 20 cars. If it is full you can also park at Water park Shirayama ウォーターパークシラヤマ. The town strongly requests that you do not park on the side of the road by the terraces.

Official website

Map in the grey details box at the bottom of the post. 

Updated annually. Last re-publish on June 9th 2020. 


September 14, 2019 @ 09:00
September 29, 2019 @ 17:00
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Terasaka Rice Terraces
Yokoze, 寺坂 棚田
Chichibu-gun, Yokoze-machi,, Saitama-ken, 〒368-0072

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