thousands of white annabelle hydrangea at hydrangea festival

Information for the 22nd annual Satte hydrangea festival in 2024 at Satte Gongendo Park.

Since the dawn of Instagram Satte Gongendo Park has become one of the most famous and popular places to see hydrangea flowers not just in Saitama Prefecture, but in the Greater Tokyo Area. Before the pandemic their hydrangea festival was one of the highlights of June in Japan. It used to be on for the full month of June. In both 2020 and 2021 the festival was not only cancelled, the parking lots were closed for much of the hydrangea season. Since 2022 the festival is only on for three weeks, not four. But other than that, things have gone back to normal.

Gongendo Park

Gongendo is a prefectural park in Satte, renowned for its seasonal flowers. The park opened officially in 2011. The park is actually still a work in progress! All the flowers are in what is called “park #4”! There is also a park 1 and 3. Park number 2, also called “Happy Park”, finally opened less than two years ago. Some of the flora and fauna, including the cherry blossoms, have existed long before the park was formed. The park has other seasonal blooms, including red spider lilies in September and daffodils and narcissus in January.

With kids: There is a playground in park #1 which is a good half hour walk from the hydrangea. But the newest park, #2 or Happy Park, has a much nicer, new playground. There is a goat pen in park #4 though, near where the flowers bloom. In addition, there is a cafe near the main car park for the flower viewing. For a full round up of what the park has to offer, please see the detailed information page on this blog here.

Gongendo Hydrangea

Annabelle hydrangea in Gongendo Park

There are approximately 16,000 hydrangea of 100 different varieties in the park. The park is particularly renowned for the Annabel variety, pictured above. There are approximately 3000 Annabel hydrangea. They typically bloom for the month of June. However, in recent years the colored hydrangea have started to bloom at the end of May. The white Annabel variety typically start to bloom later than the colored ones. But by about mid June you can usually see all varieties at some stage of bloom.

An estimated 563,000 people come to see the hydrangea in Satte over the course of the flower festival in a regular year.  In 2021, I visited on June 21st, the day the parking lot opened back up after six weeks of closure. The park was buzzing with people who had come to see the beautiful flowers, but it was nowhere near as busy as a ‘regular’ year. The Annabel were in their prime, but a lot of the colored hydrangea were passed their prime.

Satte Hydrangea Festival

The 2024 (22nd annual) Satte Hydrangea festival will be on from Saturday June 1st to Sunday June 23rd. They don’t have a flyer yet for 2024 nor have they announced any additional events. But they usually schedule them closer to the time. Touge no Cha, the cafe and shop near the parking lot, will be open. You can purchase Satte city products there as well as things like ice-cream and coffee! They normally sell flowers on the weekends of the period of the hydrangea festival too.

Hydrangea festival From the Satte City Tourism Association official website
From the Satte City Tourism Association official website

Information

Event: Gongendo Hydrangea Festival 2024 第22回権現堂あじさいまつり

Dates: Saturday June 1st to Sunday June 23rd 2024.

Hours: not specified, but the park is open 24 hours. However, the parking lot closes overnight.

Address: Park #4, Gongendo Park 権現堂公園, 887-3 Uchigouma, Satte, Saitama 340-0103

Phone: 0480440873

Official 2024 event web page it just has the dates at the moment, as of May 13th 2024.

Access Gongendo Park

Getting to Gongendo Park from Tokyo.

It takes just over an hour to get to Gongendo park from Kitasenju Station in the Adachi ward of Tokyo. If you can get on a shared Tobu Skytree and Nikko line you don’t have to transfer. Otherwise get the skytree line to Minami kurihashi station and transfer to the Tobu Nikko line. Alight at Satte station. From the station it takes about 35 minutes on foot to the park or you can get an Asahi bus bound for “Goka machi yakuba” 五霞町役場. Alight at the “Gongendo” 権現堂 bus stop.

By car it takes about one hour by car to get to Satte Gongendo Park from downtown Tokyo, using the Kanetsu expressway. At Shiraoka Junction switch to the Ken-o expressway and get off the highway at the Satte Interchange. There are four different zones in the park, the one you want to go to is Park #3, which is sometimes listed as “Gongendo Tsutsumi” on maps. If you can’t find that, look for “Satteshi kouminkan” that is just across the road from the car park. Or use the address (provided in previous paragraph).

Another place with beautiful Annabelle hydrangea.

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