Setsubunso is in the winter aconite family, an Eranthis plant. But unlike most other winter aconite that have yellow flowers, the Japanese species is a white flower. A beautiful delicate white flower, with a circle of yellow around a purple cluster in the center. Sometimes in English winter aconite are also called winter hellebore, as in Christmas Roses. They are also sometimes called winter wolf’s bane in English, but again the Japanese winter aconite are quite different to most other Eranthis. Eranthis belongs to the buttercup family.
Setsubunso Flowers Saitama
Ogano town in the Chichibu district is known for its colony of setsubunso. It opens from 8.30 am to 4.30 pm during the period of bloom. The flowers cover an approximate 5,000 square meter area and it is one of the largest and most rare natural habits of the flower in all of Japan. In Ogano town they are one of the first flowers to bloom annually. They generally bloom from around late February to mid March. For one day during the period of bloom they have a festival:
The setsubun-so festival was cancelled throughout the pandemic. It will be on in 2024 for the first time in four years. It is scheduled for Sunday March 3rd 2024, from 10 am to 3 pm, weather permitting. There is a farmers’ market on the day. They offer free amazake to visitors. They will also have local specialties on sale. For example, special grilled potatoes and grilled shiitake mushrooms.
Event: Setsubunso Festival 節分草まつり
Date: March 3rd 2024 (the colony is open from around mid February to mid March)
Time: 10 am to 3 pm (the colony is open from 8.30 am to 4.40 pm)
Cost: there is a 300 yen entrance fee into the colony.
Venue: Setsubunso colony, Ryokamikomori, Ogano, Chichibu District, Saitama 368-0202. View on Google Maps.
Ogano is best accessed by car, because it is a very rural, mountain town. It is at least a 40 minute drive from the Hanazono Interchange of the Kanetsu expressway.
Check out the Ojika Shrine and Deer Park also in Ogano Town.