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May Poppy and Flower Festival | KOUNOSU

May 8, 2021 @ 09:00 May 30, 2021 @ 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. In 2020 on account of the Coronavirus outbreak and Saitama state of emergency, the open garden and flower festival were cancelled. However, in 2021 they are prepping the fields to grow the flowers. But many of the open gardens will not participate this year. However, a date has been set for the festival at the Fukiage poppy fields: May 15th and 16th. 

Flower Festival

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.

  1. Open Gardens
  2. Rose Festival
  3. Poppy Festival

1. 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. However, the details for 2021 have not yet been finalized. Moreover, several of the gardens have indicated that they will not participate this year.

Dates tbc: Open Garden with performances scheduled each day. The map has also not been prepared yet for 2021.

2. Rose Festival

Roses at the Kounosu Flower festival
From the official site

The Rose Festival details have not yet been finalized for 2021. Even if there is no rose festival you can still view roses (all things being equal) at Kakyu no Sato’s rose garden.

3. 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.

So far the Fukiage poppy fields date has been set for 2021: May 15th and 16th.

If there is a festival at Happy Poppy Square it will most likely be from May 15th to May 22nd. If there is live performances scheduled they will fall on the weekends during that period.

Normally, each year they have a date when they allow people view the fields from Japan’s longest water pipe, which is above the fields. It sometimes gets cancelled last minute on account of the weather.

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.

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Poppy Happy Square

Konosu, Saitama Prefecture 365-0044 Japan
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May 8 @ 09:00
May 30 @ 16:00
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