Spider lilies (aka Lycoris, Cluster Amaryllis, Equinox flower etc) in Yoshimi Town, Hiki District, Saitama 2020.
The spider lilies appeared much earlier than usual this year. As I update this on September 10th, the spider lilies in Yoshimi are already close to full bloom. Pictured above as they were today. So they will probably finish up early too. Please note that spider lilies are poisonous and shouldn’t be touched.
This year, 2020, the famous Kinchakuda festival will not be on due to the Coronavirus. And the terraced rice fields in Yokoze are not only not having their annual festival, they have said they are going to lop the cluster amaryllis to prevent people coming to visit. The perfect excuse to visit one of the smaller, off the beaten path spider lilies instead! Such as this site in Yoshimi…
Spider Lilies Yoshimi
Kinchakuda, Gongendo and Terasaka Terraced Rice Fields may be the best known for spider lilies. But Sakura Tsutsumi Park in Yoshimi Town is enjoying increasing fame as a photogenic spot for spider lilies in the Hiki District of Saitama. In one section there is a beautiful line of spider lilies of varying colors.
Sakura Tsutsumi Park
Sakura Tsutsumi Park isn’t a park in the typical sense. It is a two kilometer embankment walk and cycling course that runs alongside a small river in Yoshimi. It was named for the beautiful cherry blossoms and rapeseed that grow along the embankment in spring.
You will find red spider lilies along the path in some sections, and down the side of the embankments in other areas. The colored spider lilies, however, are nearest the parking area that is by Yoshimi water plant. First you pass a row of red spider lilies by the toilet for the park. The colored lilies are after the first crossing past that toilet, where you’ll see all the photographers in action!
They are orange, yellow and white. The genus “orange spider lily” covers the stunning salmon colored spider lilies you can see at Sakura Tsutsumi. Similarly, “white spider lilies” includes the cream and off white colored lilies.
The Sakura Tsutsumi in Yoshimi doesn’t have a flower festival attached to the prime viewing period like the big three famous ones. Without a festival and with information online being concentrated mainly to Instagram, the park still doesn’t get that crowded. In comparison to Kinchakuda and Gongendo anyway.
Last year I wrote “However, I will not be surprised if, due to the vast number of photos on Instagram this year and the amount of photographers there today, that next year it will attract even more visitors. ” It remains to be seen, but today – September 10th – there were several photographers at the park even though they flowers aren’t quite at their prime yet.
There is another off the beaten path spider lily viewing spot in the neighboring town of Kawajima – about a 15 minute drive from here. Information here (click).
Sakura Tsutsumi Park Information
|Address:||Iijima Shinden, Yoshimi, Hiki District, Saitama 355-0132|
|Hours:||Open 24 hours|
|Cost:||Free, free parking|
|Online:||Official web page on the Yoshimi Town website|
|JR Takasaki Line Konosu station 5 kilometers away. Access information below.|
The closest train station is over an hour on foot ~ Konosu Station on the JR Takasaki line. You can get a bus to Owada Yoshimi machi bus stop and it is about a 15 minute walk to the flowers.
There is a free municipal car park near the stretch of the embankment beside the Yoshimi Water Plant. It is only a three minute walk to the main section of spider lilies from that car park. Last year the car park was gravel. They’ve obviously resurfaced it in the past year. And they added a fence and marked off car spaces for people with lower mobility.
Other things to do in Yoshimi
- Visit a country designated historic site which is also a World War II airplane manufacturing site. AND home to the leprechauns of the Ainu people “koropokkuru” as well as a national natural treasure, luminous moss, at the 100 caves of Yoshimi.
- Pay homage to a kannon of the Bando pilgrimage at the beautiful hilltop Yoshimi Kannon aka Anrakuji.
- Play at the colorful and cute playground at the Ichigo No Sato Roadside station.
- Grab a bite to eat in peace while the kids play with the various toys, bikes and garden attractions at Natural Cafe Sora.
- Climb through the love shaped rock behind the rock front wooden temple that was once on a famous pilgrimmage; Iwamuro kannon.
- Take some shots of the photogenic ghibli-esque open garden “Herbal House“.