Kodai Hasu no Sato Illumination – Gyoda City, Kodai Hasu no Sato “ancient lotus pond”, is best known for its paddy art which you can view from an observational tower. It really is a sight to behold. The rice paddy art attracts visitors in the Autumn, but in the winter it is the night illumination that brings the crowds. First. Then in the New Year the tower is a popular place to witness the first sunrise of the year. Following that, there are wintersweet flowers from around the first week in January to early February. They are followed by the plum blossoms, which the park has also become known for in recent years. (If you are looking for information about the straw art event: unfortunately it was dropped in 2018 and hasn’t been back since).
Illumination at Kodai Hasu no Sato
This year, 2021, the winter illumination dates are from Saturday November 27th until Tuesday January 4th. So about a week shorter than normal. The illumination is turned on once it gets dark and stays on until 9 pm. (In previous years it was 9.30 pm, but possibly due to the coronavirus it was made 9 pm in 2020 and will be the same in 2021). The night illumination at Kodai Hasu no Sato is one of the longest running night illuminations in Saitama.
They normally use about 150,000 lights for the display. In 2020 it was a slightly smaller display with 130,000 lights. The tower, which usually closes in the evening, stays open a little later during the period of illumination. But not for the full time. On weekdays it will stay open until 7.30 pm and on weekends until 8.30 pm. The event itself is free, but if you want to view from the 50 meter high observation tower there is a 400 yen cover charge for that. Between November 27th and December 25th there will also be illuminated flower decorations within the tower.
In addition, from December 4th there will be music performances on weekends only, until December 25th. They start at 6 pm and last about an hour. Furthermore, on the weekend of December 18th and 19th, they will be projecting personal messages onto the walls of the tower. However, you need to write and submit the message by December 12th.
Kodai Hasu No Sato Illumination event details
Dates: The illumination is on from November 27th to January 4th 2022.
Address: 2375 Kobari, Gyoda-shi
400 yen to enter the tower for adults, 200 yen for children aged over 6 years old. Children under 6 years old are not charged.
Parking is free most of the year, except during the height of lotus season (June / July).
You can see up-to-date hours and costs (Japanese only) on the official site:
URL: official website
Access: Approximately 25 minutes from the Hanyu exit of the Tohoku expressway. A city circulating bus service is available from Gyoda shi Station (14 minutes to Kodai-hasu no Sato).