Yamabuki no Sato Ogose

Yamabuki are a beautiful vivid yellow flower. The flower is often referred to as a yellow rose as the genus is in the rose family. However, they don’t look much like roses at all though. They look more like marigold and are actually often called Japanese marigold or the miracle marigold. The official name for them in English is Kerria Japonica, after Scottish gardener William Kerr who introduced them to the “West” in the early 1800s. It is a double flower and it blooms in April in Saitama Prefecture. There are two types. The natural form with five petals which is a paler yellow as in the photo above. And the vibrant “pleniflora” as in:

Yamabuki no Sato Ogose

Normally the official Ogose tourism website shares information about this festival. However, in 2024 they didn’t. I happened to see a tweet, after the fact, that the festival was on April 13th and 14th in 2024. The yamabuki weren’t in bloom at the time, but there were buds on the flowers.

The park

Staircase yamabuki no sato in Ogose

The layout of the small park is quite unusual. There is a foreground area with a small green, public toilets, the water mill and a restaurant. There is a small river too. When you cross over the bridge there is a double staircase in a horseshoe shape. Either staircase leads to a small opening at the top of the steep hill. If it wasn’t for the semicircular staircases, it would be a difficult climb to the top. Its almost like a cliff front. Up top there is just a small green area with a great view. There is a water drinking fountain and a small gazebo.

Yamabuki no Sato

Ota Dokan

Ota Dokan Yamabuki story depicted at Yamabuki no Sato in Ogose
The story is depicted in a painting inside the millhouse

The Woodblock

There is a famous woodblock print of this story. In the woodblock, it can be seen that the flower matches the five-petaled mon or family crest on his garment. (Source: Fuji Arts). You can also see a mill in the woodblock. There is a mill similar to the one in the woodblock at the site today. I doubt it is the original one from the woodblock or from the original story, but who knows!?

yamabuki no sato mill with cherry blossom

If you are interested in the rare and beautiful Yamabuki rose, it is one of few places you can see a large display of the flower near Tokyo. Also, if you are a fan of Ota Dokan, this place maybe of interest. Furthermore, if you are in the area during bloom season it is worth a stop. Ogose town has some nice hiking courses which incorporate a stop here. However, I will say, that it is not the most exciting place. You would only need about 30 minutes here. And outside of the bloom period, it really isn’t worth visiting unless you are geocaching!

In the area

Yamabuki no Sato Information

Address:Neoi, Ogose Town, Iruma District, Saitama 350-0412
Phone:+81492926783
Hours:24 hours
Cost:Free
Online:On Ogose town’s official website

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3 Comments

  1. Ooh, now this is a truly fascinating read – thank you so much!

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