Konosu Poppy Fields

Kounosu Flower Festival – The poppy festival that is held annually in Konosu is quite well known, but it is actually just one part of a larger “flower festival”. There are also other flowers in bloom and flower events on in mid May in Konosu. Hence overall the festival is referred to as a flower festival, not just a poppy festival. This post contains information for all elements of the Konosu Flower Festival.

Konosu Flower Festival

There are four main points of interest in four different locations. They are essentially poppy fields, rose gardens and open gardens. The city of Konosu hold different events on the weekends during the flower festival period. At Happy Poppy Square, Japan’s largest poppy field, they have food vans throughout the period of the festival (on fine days).

  1. Open Gardens
  2. Rose Festival
  3. Poppy Festival at Happy Poppy Square
  4. Poppy Festival at Fukiage Poppy Field (Cosmos Arena)

1. Kounosu Flower Festival Open Garden

The open garden is not just one location, but a number of gardens near the poppy fields that allow people to visit during the two weekends of the open garden festival. You will need to use a guide map to find and visit the locations as they are not marked on any online map. Due to the pandemic, the open garden system has been changed. At least its back this year, as for the last three years, understandably, many of the residents chose not to participate.

2024 Dates: May 11th, 12th, 18th and 19th.

Location: Various. Map of locations here. Please note parking for this event is at the Konosu City Hall, you then walk or rent a bike to get to / from each location, and where applicable you can use the Konosu ‘Flower’ loop bus.

2. Kawasato Venue: Rose Festival

The Rose Festival is held at what is called the Kawasato Venue, named after the area where Kakyu no Sato is. Kakyu no Sato is where the rose garden and festival are on. Kakyu no Sato is an old period house with a restaurant and cafe. It hosts several events during the year, including one of the popular “Hina matsuri” (Dolls day) displays.

2024 Dates: The rose festival at Kakyu no Sato is on from Saturday May 11th to Sunday May 19th, from 9 am to 4 pm.

Location: Kakyu no Sato, Sekishinden, Konosu, Saitama 365-0004. View on Google Maps.

3. Mamuro Venue: Konosu Poppy Festival

California poppies at Kounosu Flower Festival aka Konosu Poppy festival
California Poppies at Konosu Flower Festival

There are actually completely two separate poppy fields, miles apart, known as the Mamuro venue and Fukiage venue. The Mamuro venue is where Happy Poppy Square is. The ‘Happy Poppy Square’ poppy field in Konosu is the largest in Japan at 12.5 hectares. There are an estimated 30,000,000 poppies in bloom.

Mamuro venue 2024 dates: The festival at Happy Poppy Square, Japan’s largest poppy field, is on from Saturday May 11th to Sunday May 19th from 9 am to 4 pm.

Location: Poppy Happy Square aka Mamuro Poppy Field, 921 Haramamuro, Konosu, Saitama 365-0043. View on Google Maps.

4. Fukiage Venue: poppies and nadeshiko flowers

Remember, the poppy venues are miles apart. It would take about an hour on foot between the two main poppy fields. But the Konosu flower bus goes between them. More on that in the access section at the bottom of the post. The Fukiage venue is where Japan’s longest water pipe bridge is.

Fukiage venue 2024 dates: The Fukiage poppy fields festival is on Saturday May 18th and Sunday May 19th from 9 am to 4 pm.

Location: Cosmos Arena Fukiage, 636 Myoyo, Konosu, Saitama 369-0135. View on Google Maps.

Information

Event: Konosu Flower Festival こうのす花まつり

Dates: Saturday May 11th to Sunday May 19th – see the individual venues above for specific dates for each venue.

Time: the base hours for the whole festival is 9 am to 4 pm.

Cost: there is no admission fee, but you do have to pay for parking at the Mamuro venue (Japan’s largest poppy field) and one of the parking lots at the Fukiage venue is also charged.

Venues: as outlined above. Three of them are detailed on this website:

Access

There is a loop bus that connects the sites, called the “Flower Go” 「フラワー号」Mamuro course 「馬室コース」bus. It goes from JR Konosu Station’s west exit. For the Mamuro venue alight at the kyuushoku sentaa 「給食センター」. The poppy fields are about a 5 minute walk from this bus stop. Moreover, in 2024, for the first time in five years, the free shuttle bus is back. The free shuttle bus will operate on Saturday May 11th, Sunday the 12th, Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th only. You can get it from either Konosu station or Fukiage station.

Rent-a-bike

Konosu use Pippa Share Cycle for their bike rental service. It costs 165 yen for 30 minutes. They also have set fees for a full day rental, which works out cheaper. You need to download the APP to use this service. Official website.

Editor’s note. BtoE170509. Unpublished during the pandemic. Republished on April 28th 2024.

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