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Kodai Hasu no Sato Wintersweet Festival 2020
January 18 @ 09:00 - January 19 @ 16:30Free
Information for the Kodai Hasu no Sato Wintersweet Festival 2020.
Kodai Hasu no Sato is a park in Gyoda City, Saitama, Japan. It is famous for two reasons. The first is the ancient lotus found on the grounds and the second (and recently most infamous) is the Guinness record rice field art you can see from August to October. You can read more about both with general information for the park on this blog here.
The park has about 250 wintersweet trees, also known as Japanese allspice. They are called robai (sometimes written roubai) in Japanese. Wintersweet are the most beautiful yellow. Apart from bringing a brilliant yellow to the landscape every January, they also bestow us with the sweetest of smells from which they get their name.
The most famous wintersweet in Saitama Prefecture are in Nagatoro on Mt Hodo. The wintersweet grove there has a month long robai festival. More information for that here.
The Kodai Hasu No Sato park has a two day wintersweet festival annually. This year, 2020, the festival is scheduled for Saturday January 18th and Sunday January 19th. The park itself is open 24 hours, but the festival is on from 9 am to 4.30 pm.
There is an observation tower in the park. It costs 400 yen for adults to enter, 200 yen for children, but the first 50 people each day will get a present of Wintersweet. The park itself is free into.
Access Kodai Hasu no Sato Wintersweet Festival
The park is located about a 25 minute drive from the Hanyu Interchange of the Tohoku expressway. By public transport: you can get a bus from Gyoda Station. It takes about 20 minutes.
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