Kodai Hasu no Sato Illumination

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

The night illumination at Kodai Hasu no Sato is one of the oldest night illuminations in Saitama. But they keep it fresh by changing the display every few years. This year they have a beautiful flower art display. In addition, they have the ‘Fly me to Saitama’ logo lit up as well as a small ‘Fly me to Saitama’ (movie) exhibition in conjunction with this year’s illumination event.

This year, 2023, the winter illumination won’t start until December. In the past it started at the end of November. The winter 2024 display started on Saturday December 2nd 2023. Initially it was scheduled to finish on public holiday, Monday, January 8th 2024. However, they extended it due to popularity, RIGHT UNTIL THE END OF FEBRUARY! Until December 25th there are some additional illuminations and Christmas decorations in the park’s observation tower. The illumination is turned on once it gets dark and stays on until 9 pm.

They normally use about 150,000 lights for the display. Currently, the number for 2024 is not available. The observation tower in the park, which is normally closed in the evening, stays open a little later during the period of illumination. But not for the full time. On weekdays the tower will stay open until 7.30 pm (shop until 7 pm) and on weekends until 8.30 pm (shop until 8 pm). Moreover from January 8th the tower will only open late on weekends until 7.30 pm (last entry 7 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.

Switch on Event

They have a switch on event on Saturday December 2nd around the entrance to the observation tower. The event will be on from 4.30 pm. If you are going to Kodai Hasu no Sato on December 2nd, I highly recommend you go on to Oshi Castle and Gyoda Hachiman Shrine afterward for their stunning light up events. Those light up events will be on again on February 3rd 2024.

Mini Concerts

There are usually concerts on in the observation tower on the weekends in December. As such, you have to pay into the tower to enjoy these concerts. They are usually on between 4 pm and 7.30 pm. In addition, there is a short projection mapping illumination display in the tower in harmony with the music from 5.30 pm. Currently there are no additional dates during the extension period from January 8th.

Night illumination at Kodai Hasu No Sato night illumination

Information

Event: Kodai Hasu no Sato Winter Illumination 古代蓮の里イルミネーション2023

Dates: December 2nd 2023 to January 8th February 29th 2024.

Times: the lights are on nightly from 4.30 pm to 9 pm, but the observation tower not open the full time – see above.

Cost: free, but if you want to enter the observation tower so as to view the illumination from above, it costs 400 yen for adults, 200 yen for children aged over 6 years old. Children under 6 years old are not charged.

Venue: Kodai Hasu no Sato, the ancient lotus park of Gyoda: 2375-1 Kobari, Gyoda, Saitama 361-0024 (map at the bottom of the post).

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). Parking is free most of the year, except during the height of lotus season (June / July).

Official website

Some other Night Illumination in Saitama in 2023:

Last update: January 8th 2024.

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