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Poppies in the sky! Chichibu Poppy Festival 2021

May 22, 2021 @ 09:00 June 6, 2021 @ 17:00


Chichibu Poppy Festival – In 2020 there were no “poppies in the sky”! The Chichibu Poppy Festival “Poppies in the Sky” was not only cancelled, the flowers weren’t grown. Moreover, the whole area was off limits to the public. Thankfully, in 2021 they are planning to go ahead with the popular Poppies in the Sky event. However, there will be no food or produce sold at the site this year. Moreover, there is a chance that the event will be cancelled if there is another State of Emergency.

Poppies in the Sky

For me Chichibu is synonymous with both great beauty and great events too. The poppy festival in Chichibu is just one of many famous and acclaimed events held annually in Chichibu.  Ironically, the Chichibu Poppy Festival is actually in Higashichichibu. Which is officially part of the Hiki* area, not the Chichibu district. However, it is right on the border of Chichibu and I suspect that some of the land is in Chichibu although the address is Higashichichibu. People navigate the crowded mountain roads to witness the spectacular scene of (approximately!) 10 million red poppies across three hectares in an area known as Tenku no Poppy (天空のポピー) or “Poppies in the Sky”.

*The Hiki area comprises the seven towns and cities of the Hiki district plus Higashimatsuyama and Higashichichibu. The seven towns in Hiki District are Ogawa, Ranzan, Tokigawa, Kawajima, Yoshimi, Hatoyama and Namegawa.

Chichibu Highland Ranch
Chichibu Highland Ranch

The flowers typically bloom mid May to early June annually. The 2021 period is from May 22nd to June 6th. The poppies are grown in the Saitama prefectural farm called Chichibu kogen farm or Chichibu Highland ranch. It is normally free to enter the farm, but during the period of the poppies there is a fee. The price has gone up in 2021 to 400 yen per adult. It is free for children to enter. The price includes access to the poppy fields.

More about Chichibu Kogen farm: official prefectural Chichibu Kogen Farm website and in English on this blog.

Chichibu Poppy Festival Access

About 21 kilometers from the Hanazono exit of the Kanetsu expressway. 「天空のポピー」(tenku no popi-)「秩父高原牧場」(chichibu kogen bokujyo)「彩の国ふれあい牧場」(sainokuni fureai bokujyo) or the phone number 0494-65-0311 in the car navi should bring up the location. The parking lot of the farm is open from 9 am to 5 pm with last entry at 4.30 pm during the poppy festival season. It is free to use.

For more events in Saitama please see the main Saitama events calendar.

Chichibu Kogen Farm

2951 大字坂本 Higashichichibu,
Chichibu District,, Saitama Prefecture 355-0372
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May 22 @ 09:00
June 6 @ 17:00
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The poppy festival in Chichibu was first shared in the blog section of Saitama WIth Kids in 2016 and moved to the event section in 2017. It is re-published annually. Last update: April 5th 2021.

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