cherry blossoms and rapeseed Kinchakuda

Kinchakuda Spring Festival and spring flowers: cherry blossoms, rapeseed (canola flowers) and purple flowers.

Kinchakuda needs little introduction. If you don’t know it by name, you’ll know it as the most famous place for red spider lilies in Japan. However, what you might not know about Kinchakuda is that it is not just picturesque in September, when the spider lilies are in bloom. The park is pretty all year round. And although not famous for its cherry blossoms, it should be in my humble opinion. Particularly as you can see them in combination with rapeseed.

Kinchakuda Park

kinchakuda hidaka saitama japan

Kinchakuda is a nature park on the Koma river. It is not small, but it is not particularly large either. The park is shaped like a horseshoe, it might be why “Sashima Horse Farm” stable was located in the park! But the park got its shape from the meandering Koma River. The Koma river winds in a U shape, creating a peninsula in which the park resides. In summer it is a popular place for river play. Part of it is also a day camp during that period. Moreover, there are some photo spots and attractions within the park. For example, Japan’s longest wooden truss bridge, the Doremifa foot bridge and a wooden mill.

Cherry Blossoms

There are two different displays of cherry blossoms in the park. One is along the embankment. There are about 100 Somei Yoshino cherry blossoms lining the river. The other is near the South east car park. There 40 different varieties of cherry blossoms bloom. They all bloom at different times so you can see cherry blossoms in the park for about a month in total.

cherry blossoms at Kinchakuda Hidaka

Moreover, you can also see rapeseed, aka canola blossoms, blooming at the same time as the cherry blossoms. Stand alone cherry blossoms are undoubtedly gorgeous and photogenic. But contrasted with the yellow canola blooms are even more stunning, in my humble opinion.

Kinchakuda Rapeseed / Canola

cherry blossoms and rapeseed Kinchakuda

There are 3 hectares of rapeseed, (canola flowers), at Kinchakuda. For years the park had a canola flower festival in April, but since the pandemic they are now calling it a ‘Spring Festival’ and in 2024 it will be on the last weekend of March. Hopefully the rapeseed will be in bloom – historically they bloomed for the month of April. They make for a very impressive photo with the cherry blossoms in the background.

Purple flowers

purple flowers at Kinchakuda, Hidaka, Saitama Japan

In the woods where the red spider lilies grow, there is a purple flower in bloom in spring. At first glance I thought it was deadnettle, but I don’t think it is. There is no information on the official website as to what they are. Instagram and a quick Google search don’t bring up an answer either. Do you know what type of flower this is? They almost look like bluebells. Pictured above with the Doremifa bridge in the background. Sorry they are quite blurry, it was very windy and they wouldn’t sit still for me!

Other seasonal blooms

There is a lotus pond near the South East car park. They typically bloom in July. However, you can often see them by the end of June. And as the hydrangea grow in June you can see the lotus backdropped by hydrangea if you time it right. There are also Asaza flowers in the lotus pond. In Autumn, cosmos grow around the same time as the spider lilies. Apart from flowers, another attraction of this park is the fireflies. They are quite early in Kinchakuda – they have a firefly viewing event annually in May.

Kinchakuda Spring Festival

The spring festival is on Saturday March 30th and Sunday March 31st in 2024. During the festival there is a very popular mini train through the rapeseed. They also have several other attractions for kids such as fishing, rescue vehicle display and a large air inflated play area. Moreover, there is a festival village in the woods with food trucks and festival stalls. They also have live entertainment.


Sashima Horse Farm

The Sashima Horse Farm is on the east of the park. It is a stables that usually offers various experiences, but unfortunately a fire destroyed four of the stables in June 2020. Tragically, three horses were lost in the fire, but thankfully they saved 57 horses. Sadly, in rescuing the horses two of the stable hands were badly burned. They are planning to rebuild, but it will take time. In the meantime, the stables are off limits to the general public.


Nearby

On the edge of the park is an ORGANIC CAFE AND SHOP Alishan Organic Center to grab a bite or pick up some foreign healthy produce. Also nearby is Japanese Food Asahi with a twist of Korean food and ingredients. It is very popular for lunch: https://www.hidaka-asahi.jp/index.php Furthermore, there is also a great little cafe, Cafe Nichigetsu, a short drive away. It has an outdoor terrace ideal during these pandemic times.

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Information

Event: Kinchakuda Spring Festival 2024. 巾着田春まつり

Dates: Saturday March 30th and Sunday March 31st 2024.

Time: from 10 am to 4 pm on Saturday, from 9 am to 3 pm on Sunday.

Cost: there is no admission fee.

Venue: Kinchakuda, 125-2 Komahongo, Hidaka, Saitama 350-1251.

Access

Kinchakuda is a 15 minute walk from Seibu Ikebukuro Line’s Koma Station. You can also walk from the Hachiko Line’s Komagawa station, but it takes about 40 minutes on foot. The park is an 18 minute drive from the Tsurugashima Interchange of Kanetsu Expressway. The area gets very congested in spring, but even worse when the spider lilies are in bloom.

Official event page.

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