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Kinchakuda Red Spider Lily Festival cancelled, flowers cut
September 10 @ 08:00 – September 19 @ 17:00
Kinchakuda Red Spider Lily Festival 2020, Hidaka, Saitama Japan – The festival has been cancelled this year on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. And on the 17th of September the city will cut the spider lilies that have grown. There is nothing to see here this year folks!
The famous red spider lilies (or Higanbana field or Manjushage) in Kinchakuda in Hidaka bloom from about mid September. The date for the corresponding festival is always set close to the time they bloom. Usually, the best time to view the flowers is around a week after the flowers are officially declared open.
Red spider lilies Saitama
Kinchakuda is synonymous with red spider lilies in Saitama. It is the most famous of the three red spider lily festivals of Saitama. However, there are also smaller red spider lily fields and viewing spots in various locations around Saitama. Kinchakuda is by far the largest with FIVE MILLION red spider lilies. Red spider lilies are called Higanbana in Japanese.
Red Spider Lily Festival Kinchakuda
On the morning of the 17th of September the city cut the spider lilies that had grown. There is nothing to see here this year folks! The festival was cancelled in advance – earlier in the year – but despite that people were still going to the site. So the city made the decision to mow the lawns and in effect cut the flowers.
The event has been cancelled and the flowers cut.
Image from the official site
Kinchakuda Manjushage Park
Kinchakuda Manjushage Park has over FIVE MILLION red spider lilies (also referred to as Higanbana). It is a spectacular sight to behold and attracts thousands of visitors. Approximately 200,000 of them (visitors)! Ten times the figure when I first wrote this post in 2016! There also food stalls and various stage performances scheduled for the festival period. You can see the schedule on the official site linked in the grey details box below.
On the edge of the park is an ORGANIC CAFE AND SHOP Alishan Organic Center to grab a bite or pick up some foreign healthy produce. Also nearby is Japanese Food Asahi with a twist of Korean food and ingredients. It is very popular for lunch: https://www.hidaka-asahi.jp/index.php
**Not only has the festival been cancelled in 2020, they mowed the spider lilies that grew on the morning of the 17th of September ** The best time of day to get a good picture is around 10 am in the morning. The star in the picture below is one of the prime viewing spots. (The parking area is also marked on the below map).
Viewing costs 300 yen for adults and is free for children under 16.
The popular MOOK Aki Pia recommend combining a trip to see the Spider Lilies with the Hidaka Kuri (Chestnut) Festival. Unfortunately, the date for the 2020 chestnut festival has not yet been decided. But it is usually decided in early September. However, it will be held between the hours of 9 am to 4.30 pm.
Where else can I see red spider lilies, Higanbana, near Tokyo?
Satte City in Gongendo Park. Kinchakuda and Gongendo park are the two most famous places you can see red spider lilies near Tokyo and in the Kanto region. Both are in Saitama prefecture, just north of Tokyo. However, there is a third at the Terasaka Terraced Rice Fields, also in Saitama (Yokoze in Chichibu), which is a little more remote and off the tourist trail. It has 2 million red spider lily. Moreover, another location relatively close to Tokyo, but with less visitors: spider lilies in Yoshimi.
15 minute walk from Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Koma Station.
18 minute drive from Tsurugashima Interchange of Kanetsu Expressway.
hidaka, Hidaka 350-1251 Japan + Google Map 042-989-2111
In the area:
(Annual reoccuring event first posted on Insaitama.com September 2016)
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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.