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Higanbana / Red Spider Lily Festival | SATTE Cancelled

September 13 @ 08:00 October 5 @ 17:00

Satte red spider lilies higanbana manjyusyage

The Higanbana festival in Satte’s Gongendo Park has been cancelled in 2020 on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. The other large spider lily festivals in Saitama, such as at Kinchakuda, have also been cancelled. Smaller spider lily locations, where the higanbana grow wild, and that don’t have flower festivals even during a “normal” year are always open to the public. 

Image from the official website. Gongendo also cancelled the cherry blossom and hydrangea festivals this year, but the parks were open and viewing was still possible.

Satte Higanbana Festival

The Satte Higanbana (Red Spider Lily) Festival starts mid September in Gongendo Park in Satte.  The Higanbanas are quite famous there as are the cherry blossoms and rape flowers in Spring. There are over 3 MILLION red spider lilies in Gongendo Park, Satte.

You can picnic in the park. There are benches. And a little shop too. There is also a tourist information area. They have a playground in the park.

In a regular year the Satte spider lilies bloom from around the 8th of September. And the Higanbana festival starts a week later from the middle of September. The Higanbana or red spider lilies of Satte and the festival usually finish up the first week of October.

Satte Higanbana Festival Access

10 minute drive from the Satte Interchange on Ken-O expressway.  20 minutes from the Kuki Interchange of the Tohoku Expressway. Free parking available from 8.30 am to 7 pm this month and to 5 pm from October.

Only 45 minutes from Kita-Senju Station or an hour from Asakusa Station in Tokyo. You need to take a shuttle bus from Satte station. It costs 180 yen one way.

Another famous Higanbana / Red Spider Lily festival in Saitama-

If you want a more off the beaten path location to see red spider lilies aka cluster amaryllis, and photograph some terraced rice fields while you’re at it there is a great spot in Yokoze. HOWEVER, in 2020 they are cutting the spider lilies to prevent people coming during the pandemic.



Gongendo Park

50, Sotogouma, Satte-shi, Saitama-ken 340-0112
Satte, Saitama 340-0112 Japan
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September 13, 2020 @ 08:00
October 5, 2020 @ 17:00
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