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Hydrangea and night light up in the Minano area of Chichibu.

The viewing deck at Minoyama park in Chichibu offers a night view that is so spectacular it has made it on to the official top 100 night view locations of Japan. In addition, the cherry blossoms in Minoyama Park, Chichibu, are one of Chichibu’s most famous scenes. It is nicknamed the Mount Yoshino of the kanto plain due to the 8000 blossoms atop the mountain. However, Minoyama Park also has some stunning hydrangea. And thank to their location at 586 meters above sea level, they tend to bloom a little later than other hydrangea in Saitama Prefecture.

Hydrangea Chichibu

Minoyama Park Hydrangea July 4th 2023
July 4th 2023 ©insaitama.com

Minano Town posted on June 9th to say that some of the early blooming hydrangea are blooming, but they don’t expect the season to start in earnest until later in June. Update July 4th: Some of the purples and most of the Annabelle Hydrangea are in full bloom. However, there are many that are not yet in bloom at all. Prime viewing was expected to be from around the 7th (of July), but unfortunately several of the hydrangea are already burnt. According to Minano town, it has been too hot for them. Regardless, they should be good for the next few days to a week… after that it depends on the heat.

From the prefectural web page, linked

There are approximately 4000 hydrangea in Minoyama Park. So the display is not nearly as big as others in Saitama Prefecture. But the hydrangea come with great views of the Chichibu valley and surrounding mountains. Furthermore, they are on the side of the mountain so it offers a different scene than most other hydrangea spots. Moreover, sometimes you can see a sky of clouds in this park. There are about four different varieties of hydrangea in one section of the 12000 meter squared park.

Minoyama Park is also called the “forest of flowers”. Apart from the cherry blossoms and hydrangea there are many other flowers that bloom in the park. The view from the park is amazing throughout the seasons.

>>Check this stunning Annabelle hydrangea spot just a 17 minute drive away.

Light up 2022

They only release the light up information a few days before the event, so I don’t expect information for 2023 until around the end of June at the earliest. As of July 4th 2023 there is still no information about light up in 2023. It maybe that they won’t have it.

Chichibu Minoyama Hydrangea light up

Where better to have an hydrangea light up event than at a park that affords one of the best night views in all of Japan! In 2022, the light up will be for seven days from Tuesday July 5th to Tuesday July 12th. The lights are switched on from 6 pm to 9 pm, but Minano recommend after 7 pm for the best view.

Minoyama Park information

Address: Minano, Chichibu District, Saitama 369-1412. View on Google Maps.

Phone: 049-423-1511

Hours: The park is open from 9 am to 5 pm, seven days a week.

Cost: free and free parking

Access

The hike from the nearest train station, Minano (or Oyahana) station on the Chichibu Railway, is a long one in the best of circumstances, but particularly now with some of the trails still closed due to damage from typhoon Hagibis in 2019. It would take about an hour and a half on foot, but it is a beautiful hike. By car it is about 20 minutes from the station.

By car it takes about an hour from the Hanazono Interchange of the Kanetsu Expressway. Due to severe damage during Typhoon #19 aka Hagibis, in 2019, some of the roads were inaccessible in the area for a few years. The Minano Iriguchi Intersection was reopened 美の山入口交差点 in 2021, but they closed it again in spring 2022. However, in 2023 the restrictions in the area seem to be lifted and the roads are accessible again. But if in doubt, you can check the Official notification of the road works. The forest service road 森林管理道蓑山線 from the Minano yakuba interchange 皆野役場入り口交差点 stayed open throughout. Please note this is a narrow mountain road and take due care.

The park is managed by the prefecture which is rare. Thus, there is no official website, just an official web page on the prefectural website. But Minano also feature the park on their tourism website.


Need somewhere to say in Minano? Waterpark Nagatoro is also located in Minano. It is a campsite, but they also have cabins as well as trailers.

Featured image at the top of the post from the Chichibu Tourism Association. First posted 2017.

2 Comments

  1. looks like a place you would be right in your element! and looks like a really big park too with wonderful back drops

    1. Author

      Finally made it up there today. Absolutely gorgeous, and you’re dead right – I was totally in my element!

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