Yoshimi Red spider lilies higanbana

Once an off the beaten path spot for Spider lilies (aka Lycoris, Cluster Amaryllis, Equinox flower etc) in Yoshimi Town in the Hiki District of Saitama Prefecture. Where they have not just one, but two separate spider lily flower displays. One of which blooms earlier than everywhere else. In 2021 the early bloomers were already looking good on August 29th, as per the featured photo at the top of the post.

Main display update, September 29th 2023 – the main red spider lily area is now in full bloom, but like all higanbana this year, there are buds among the full blooms. However, there are less wilted spider lilies here than I’ve been seeing elsewhere. Photos from today, September 29th 2023:

Early blooming lilies September 15th 2023 – the early blooming red spider lilies were indeed a flop this year, but the colored lilies did improve and are in bloom now! Much later than normal and not quite as nice as in previous years, but still photogenic! Photos from this morning (apologies for the photo compression / pixelating in this post, I think its a WordPress issue today, trying to figure it out!):

Yoshimi Spider Lilies

In the opening paragraph I wrote “Once an off the beaten path spot…”, because when I first started visiting the spider lilies in Yoshimi they really were an off the beaten path spot. However, a couple of things happened that put them on the map. For one, this blog post(which was originally published in 2019)! Furthermore, Instagram! But more than those two things combined, the closure of both Kinchakuda and Gongendo Park in 2020 drove people to look for alternative places to view spider lilies. Just one visit to Yoshimi is enough to make anyone fall in love and share their glee with the rest of the world. And thus, Yoshimi’s stunning spider lilies were put on the radar.

Early bloomers

early blooming spider lilies in bloom now August 2021
The red section of early bloomers, 2019

The early bloomers bloom from around the end of August to mid September. The early blooming red spider lilies are on the end of the park that is opposite Yoshimi water plant. They are beside one of the toilets for the park (which is currently taped off with a note saying not to use?). In 2023, they all bloomed at separate times, it was not a good year for them and they never really created a stunning carpet of red like they have in the past. Moreover, Yoshimi didn’t clear the grass in this area around the reds and its very wild. Lots of snakes and ‘kemushi’, a hairy caterpillar which often hang from the trees.

The early blooming colored spider lilies are just past them if you are walking toward the “minami” parking lot. The “minami” parking lot, which is the best known, is relatively far for these spider lilies. There is a nearer parking, which is not as well known. They bloom about a week after the early blooming reds. It didn’t look good for the colored section initially either, but they eventually bloomed as you can see a few paragraphs up in the update section. Thankfully this area is a lot more kempt.


Main display

Yoshimi Sakura Tsutsumi main display of red spider lilies
The main display – September 22d 2021

After the early bloomers the main display starts. The main display generally bloom from around mid September to early October. The early bloomers are a mixture of colors, but the main display is predominantly red, as in the photo above. You will find red spider lilies along the path in some sections, and down the side of the embankments in other areas. The “minami” parking lot is convenient for this display.

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.

Spider lilies and butterfly in Yoshimi town Saitama Prefecture
a cream and red spider lily at an off the beaten path location in Saitama prefecture

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. Which both have their festivals back since 2022.

colored spider lilies in Saitama Prefecture

In 2019, 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. ” This turned out to be very true! The number of visitors is definitely increasing year on year!

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.

Sakura Tsutsumi Park Information

Please note that spider lilies are poisonous and shouldn’t be touched.

Address:Iijima Shinden, Yoshimi, Hiki District, Saitama 355-0132
Phone:0493-54-1511
Hours:Open 24 hours
Cost:Free, free parking
Online:Official web page on the Yoshimi Town website
Nearest
Station
:
JR Takasaki Line Konosu station 5 kilometers away. Access information below.

Access

bridge at Yoshimi Sakura Tsutsumi

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 the early blooming spider lilies from that car park. In 2019 they resurfaced it and added a fence and marked off car spaces for people with lower mobility. The “minami” south car park or the municipal parking lot are about the same distance to the main red spider lilies that grow from around mid September.

Other things to do in Yoshimi

  • A five minute drive from the spider lilies you can pick up a delicious ice-cream at Yoshimi Ichigonosato, a roadside station. There is also a farmers market and playground there. In addition, there is a nice bakery.
  • 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.
  • 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“.

The featured photo at the top of the post was taken on September 3rd 2022, no filter, no edit. P201909 (20?)

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