Garden Cafe Greenrose ~ View the stunning roses and seasonal blooms over a cup of tea and cake during the open garden period…
Garden Cafe Greenrose is a private garden that opens to the public for the rose season twice a year. Roses bloom in Saitama during the spring and autumn. The spring period is generally May and June and the autumn period is October and November. However, in 2021 they opened earlier than normal in spring, from mid April, as they had tulips in bloom. As of September 26th 2021, the current opening date for the Autumn season is Saturday October 9th. Each time the cafe opens on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays only, for about six weeks during prime rose viewing season.
Garden Cafe Greenrose
Autumn 2021 opening dates: the opening date has been set as Saturday October 9th. The end date has not yet been released. Also, please note that there maybe changes due to the pandemic. For example, even though they are open, they may not be serving tea this year. Please wear a mask when visiting the garden. I advise you ring them in advance to check the finer details and to make sure they are operating the day you hope to visit. (They did not open at all in spring of 2020 and in Autumn 2020 it was an open garden only ie no food or drink served.)
The System at Greenrose
After walking into the stunning garden a couple of meters on the left hand side you come across the cafe, blended beautifully into and practically concealed by the garden. The garden and the cafe exterior, with its creeping ivy like plants, are reminiscent of an English country garden and outhouse.
The cafe is also the reception area. In order to roam the garden freely you are required to purchase a drink or a cake set. At reception they give you a little card as a ticket and proof of payment which you hold onto until you are ready to order your beverage. So if you want to roam the garden first you can do so and then hand in the ticket to order. You also receive a postcard as a souvenir of your visit.
A drink costs 700 yen and the cake set – a small slice of cake and a drink – costs 1000 yen. You can choose from hot / cold tea or coffee or a soft drink and a selection of daily cakes. The tea and coffee are served in french press glass percolators. They give you a timer so you know when is best to press the leaves / beans.
There are about three or four choices of cake a day, but they only make a certain amount so if they run out of a cake they take it off the menu. I was glad to get in before the group of 14 who arrived after me! They serve the cake with a flower which you can take home.
The cafe is completely open front on one side – the side with a view of the garden. There is an overhead trellis along the front end, but even within the building you have a good view of the garden.
You can also opt to sit in the garden. There are several table and chairs tucked into corners and gazebos in the garden.
There are several varieties of roses in the garden. Some of them are past their peak, some are peaking right now and a few have yet to come to prime. There are many different colours of rose, but mainly shades of pink or white.
There are more than just roses in the garden. I visited during the autumn rose period and there were several other flowers and plants in bloom.
There are also some Halloween and autumnal ornaments, such as pumpkins, in the cafe and the garden.
Throughout the year they have several garden ornaments and decorations to add to the overall appearance and ambiance.
There are three towns in Saitama that are famed for their roses. Ina Town is known as a rose town. Kawajima Town has the longest rose tunnel in Japan. Moroyama Town’s fame lies with its roses gardens, particularly Takinoiri which is also a seasonal open garden.
Saitama Rose Cafes
Other cafes in Saitama with rose gardens:
- Greenfinger Cafe Tsurugashima
Garden Cafe Greenrose Information
|Address:||1 Chome-45 Hirayama, Moroyama, Iruma District, Saitama 350-0466|
|Cost:||700 yen to 1000 yen|
|Hours:||11 am to 5 pm on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays ONLY during the rose seasons in May and October / November.|
Approximately eight minutes on foot from Tobu Ogose line’s Higashi Moro Station. On the same line, Bushu Karasawa station is also within walking distance, but it takes twice as long. Moro station on the Hachiko Line is about a 12 minute walk from the cafe too.
By car, the nearest highway exits are the Tsurugashima interchange on the Ken-o expressway or the Sakado-nishi smart interchange (an ETC card is essential for a smart interchange) on the Kanetsu expressway. Both are about a 20 minute drive from the cafe. Free parking for about 15 cars.
As you walk / drive up the lane way you will see an old style entrance way in front. The parking is to the left of that and the garden to the right.