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In both 2020 and 2021, the Higanbana festival in Satte’s Gongendo Park was cancelled on account of the Coronavirus outbreak. The other large spider lily festivals in Saitama, such as at Kinchakuda, were also cancelled. In 2021, Gongendo Park opened for all other seasonal blooms – daffodils, cherry blossoms, hydrangea and even sunflowers. So it looked promising that the spider lilies would be accessible. In fact, in early September they started posting updates with photos of the condition of the spider lilies. However, on September 15th they removed all those photos with a note requesting that people refrain from visiting the park to see the spider lilies.

Satte Higanbana Festival

In a usual year, the Satte Higanbana (Red Spider Lily) Festival starts mid September in Gongendo Park in Satte.  The Higanbanas are quite famous there as are the cherry blossoms and rape flowers in Spring. There are over 3 MILLION red spider lilies in Gongendo Park, Satte.

Normally you can picnic in the park. There are benches. And a little shop too. In addition, there is also a tourist information area. They have a playground in the park, but in a completely different section to the flowers and it is a good 30 minute walk. However, there are some goats that kids (pun not intended!) can interact with, near the flowers.

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The spider lilies in September 13th 2012

In a regular year the Satte spider lilies bloom from around the 8th of September. And the Higanbana festival starts a week later from the middle of September. The Higanbana or red spider lilies of Satte and the festival usually finish up the first week of October. However, seasonal blooms have been early the last two years so do bear that in mind.

Satte Higanbana Festival Access

The park is a ten minute drive from the Satte Interchange on Ken-O expressway.  20 minutes from the Kuki Interchange of the Tohoku Expressway. There is Free parking available from 8.30 am to 7 pm this month and to 5 pm from October.

Only 45 minutes from Kita-Senju Station or an hour from Asakusa Station in Tokyo. You need to take a shuttle bus from Satte station. It costs 180 yen one way. However, the shuttle bus may not be available due to the pandemic. You can walk, but it takes at least 30 minutes on foot from the station.

Other annual events in Gongendo Park

First posted in 2016, republished in July 2021.

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