Information for the seasonal blooms in Fujimi City’s Yamazaki Park – Kawazuzakura and plum blossoms in early spring, the Seseragi Iris garden and crepe myrtle in summer.
Yamazaki Park is a small park within a residential area of Fujimi City. It also goes by the name of Seseragi Iris Garden. The park runs alongside a tributary of the Shingashi River. You can walk up onto an embankment from the west of the park. However, the narrow road that divides the park from the embankment is actually still in use as an access road. The park is basically made up of the iris garden, a small seasonal flower display area, a large wading river, and a small botanical garden. But there are also flowers through the seasons, such as Kawazuzakura, Plum Blossoms, Somei Yoshino Cherry Blossoms, Poppies, Hydrangea and Red Spider Lilies.
Cherry Blossoms at Yamazaki Park, Fujimi
The cherry blossoms are perhaps the most famous. There are cherries in the park and alongside the aforementioned narrow road. On one side of the road there are Somei Yoshino Cherry Blossoms, that bloom from end of March until early April. On the other side of the road, along the embankment, there are kawazuzakura, the early blooming cherry blossom. They typically bloom from around the third or fourth week of February. But the Kawazu cherry blossoms are late this year and only started blooming around the 3rd of March. The photos of Kawazu in this post were taken on March 7th 2022.
Seseragi Iris Garden
The iris bloom in Yamazaki Park bloom during rainy season. Generally you can see them from early June to around mid or late June. However, in 2021 they were early and were in bloom from at least the last weekend of May and they finished up early too. In May they typically grow poppies in a small flower display area. Its very picturesque. In addition, you can also see hydrangea in the park too. They bloom a bit later than the iris.
The wading river is a particularly good one as it is long wide and has plenty of shade. Only thing is, it hasn’t been filled for the last few years on account of the Coronavirus. However, it is coming back in 2022. It will be on daily from 9 am to 4 pm in the months of June, July and August. Official confirmation here. You will find even more places you can play with water in Saitama in 2022 here.
There is also some crepe myrtle in the park. It typically blooms from late in July to September, with prime viewing in mid August.
It is a local park not suited to a large amount of tourists. However, as it has featured in the Saitama Newspaper for its iris in 2021, I decided to add it to the blog! But do note, there is only parking for 20 cars. There are some places to sit and a sand pit plus three small spring rides. It would be a nice place for iris or Somei Yoshino cherry blossom viewing with small children. When I visited in summer 2021, there were about 100 kids from the local school who had walked down to the park with their teachers to view the iris. Although, most of the kids were actually catching crayfish or running up and down the empty wading river!
There are public toilets and a water drinking fountain in the park. There is also a drinks vending machine. The main entrance is wheelchair / stroller friendly, but the side entrance has steps.
|Address:||184 Mizuko, Fujimi, Saitama 354-0021|
|Season:||Kawazuzakura and plum blossoms – mid to late February to mid March|
Poppies – May
Iris – Early June
Hydrangea – late June
Spider lilies – September
|Hours:||The park is open 24 hours, but the car park closes overnight until 9 am.|
The park is located a 6 minute drive from the Fujimi Kawagoe Bypass, turn at the IMS hospital and head west. By public transport, both Tsuruse and Mizuhodai stations on the Tobu Tojo line are about a 16 to 20 minute walk from the park.
Lalaport Fujimi is relatively close to the park, by car. In June, a seven minute drive away you can see a small iris display as well as beautiful water lilies on the grounds of the old Nanbata Castle. An 11 minute drive away there are beautiful hydrangea at Iroha Water Park in Shiki in June too.