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CANCELLED May Poppy and Flower Festival | KOUNOSU

May 9 @ 09:00 May 24 @ 16:00

Konosu Poppy Fields

Kounosu Flower Festival – The poppy festival that is held annually in Konosu is quite well known, but they also have other flowers and flower events around the same time. Hence overall the festival is referred to as a flower festival, not just a poppy festival.

Unfortunately, due to the Coronavirus outbreak and Saitama state of emergency, the 2020 open garden and flower festival has been cancelled for 2020

2019 information

There are four main points of interest in four different locations. They are essentially poppy fields and rose gardens. The city of Konosu hold different events on the weekends during the flower festival period. The poppy fields have food vans throughout the period of the festival on fine days.

**There are two spellings for the city’s name: Konosu and Kounosu. Although, the latter is the formal spelling used in the prefecture’s website and official document, a lot of documents and translations from the city use Konosu.**

Kounosu Flower Festival Open Garden

The open garden is not just one location, but a number of gardens near the poppy fields that allow people to visit during the two weekends of the open garden festival. You will need to use a guide map to find and visit the locations as they are not marked on any online map. Here is the latest information with links to maps and other information from the official site (Japanese only): Konosu Open Garden Guide Map

May 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th: Open Garden with performances scheduled each day.

Rose Festival

Roses at the Kounosu Flower festival
From the official site

May 11th to 19th: Hanahisa No Sato Rose Festival with events on the 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th.

Map and more detailed information (PDF)

Konosu Poppy Festival

California poppies at Kounosu Flower Festival aka Konosu Poppy festival
California Poppies at Konosu Flower Festival

The poppy field in Konosu is the largest in Japan at 12.5 hectares. There are an estimated 30,000,000 poppies in bloom. There are actually two separate fields; one in Fukiage and one in the Happy Poppy Square. The California poppies of the latter tend to come into full bloom first, in the middle of May.

May 18th to 26th: Poppy Festival at Japan’s largest poppy field with special events on the 18th, 19th, 25th and 26th. There will be stage and live performances each day.  Last year there was also a small mascot event on the last weekend. That has not yet been confirmed for this year.

Each year they have a date when they allow people view the fields from Japan’s longest water pipe, which is above the fields. The year before last it was cancelled due to inclement weather conditions, but weather permitting it will go ahead this year.

Map and summary of details from the official site (PDF).

Here is a personal account of the festival in English (I have no affiliation to this blog). And our own experiences at Poppy Happy Square before the festival started.

Kounosu Flower Festival Access

Take the “Flower Go” 「フラワー号」Mamuro course 「馬室コース」bus from JR Konosu Station’s west exit to the kyuushoku sentaa 「給食センター」. The poppy fields are about a 5 minute walk from this station.

Please see the grey box for practical details (map, phone, website etc).

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May 9, 2020 @ 09:00
May 24, 2020 @ 16:00
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Poppy Happy Square

Konosu, Saitama Prefecture 365-0044 Japan
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