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Kodai Hasu No Sato Illumination | GYODA

November 23, 2019 @ 16:30 - January 5, 2020 @ 21:30

Kodai Hasu no Sato Illumination

Kodai Hasu no Sato Illumination – Gyoda City, Kodai Hasu no Sato “ancient lotus pond”, is best known for its paddy art which you can view from an observational tower. It really is a sight to behold. The rice paddy art attracts visitors in the Autumn and in winter it is the night illumination.  Until 2017 there was also a straw art event in winter, but it was dropped last year and may not come back this year either.

This year, 2019, the winter illumination dates are from November 23rd, a public holiday in Japan, until Sunday January the 5th. The illumination is turned on once it gets dark and stays on until 9.30 pm. It is one of the longest running night illuminations in Saitama.

They use approximately 150,000 lights for the display. The tower, which usually closes in the evening, stays open until about half an hour before the lights are switched off at night. The event itself is free, but if you want to view from the observation tower there is a 400 yen cover charge for that. 

Night illumination at Kodai Hasu No Sato night illumination

Kodai Hasu No Sato Illumination event details

Dates: The illumination is on from November 23rd to January 5th. Information for the annual December events has not yet been released (Aug 18th 2019).

Address: 2375 Kobari, Gyoda-shi


400 yen to enter the tower for adults, 200 yen for children aged over 6 years old.

Parking is free most of the year, but they do sometimes charge during the height of lotus season (June / July).

You can see up-to-date hours and costs (Japanese only) on the official site:

URL: Japanese only

Access: Approximately 25 minutes from the Hanyu exit of the Tohoku expressway. A city circulating bus service is available from Gyoda shi Station (14 minutes to Kodai-hasu no Sato). Map in the grey details box at the bottom of the post.

Some other night Illumination in Saitama:

Keyaki Hiroba Illumination Fantastic Carnival | SAITAMA CITY

You will find even more Saitama events on the Saitama Event Calendar.



November 23, 2019 @ 16:30
January 5 @ 21:30
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Kodai Hasu No Sato
Kobari, 2375−1
Gyoda, Saitama 361-0024 Japan
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