September’s most superb view: recommended spots for seeing autumn-blooming cluster amaryllis


2019.09.23

NAVITIME TRAVEL EDITOR

Also known as “hurricane lilies” or “spider lilies”, cluster amaryllis are native Japanese plants that are renowned for their bright red floral displays in autumn.

There are more than 30 varieties in total, with not only red but also white, yellow and orange cluster amaryllis can be seen. In this article, we’ll introduce some of the most impressive places to see them across the Kanto region and the best times to visit.

  • 01

    Kinchakuda Manjushage Park, Saitama

    Hidaka’s Kinchakuda Manjushage Park is one of the most popular destinations for viewing cluster amaryllis, with around five million in bloom each autumn along the banks of the Koma River. Mid-September to early October is the best time to visit, with the Manjushage Festival also held during this time.

    Kinchakuda Manjushage Park

    Kinchakuda Manjushage Park

    2019 Kinchakuda cluster amaryllis Festival

    Schedule: 9/14 - 9/29
    Holding time: From 9:00 am to 4:30 pm
    Admission fee: 300 yen (free for junior high school students), group (more than 20 people) 240 yen
    Re-entry is possible only on the day.
    Access: about 15 minutes on foot from Seobu Ikebukuro Line Korai Station
    Best time to see: Mid-September to early October

    Kinchakuda
    place
    Saitama Pref. Hidakashi Komahongou 125-2 (purse field management office)
    phone
    0429820268
    opening-hour
    8:00-17:00
  • 02

    Gongendo Park, Saitama

    Another Saitama destination not to miss for cluster amaryllis lovers is Gongendo Park in Satte City where around 3.5 million crimson flowers bloom between mid-September and early October each year. The park’s slopes are blanketed in a carpet of red, with a few rare white cluster amaryllis blooms also visible.

    Gongendo Park,

    Gongendo Park,

    2019 Satte City cluster amaryllis Festival

    Schedule: 9/14 - 10/6
    Admission: Free
    Access: By train
    Take the Asahi Bus bound for Gojocho Yakucho from Satte Station on Tobu Nikko Line.
    Get off at Gongendo. (180 yen for one way) * The number of route buses is about 1 per hour
    Best time to see: Mid-September to early October

    Satte Gongendo Tsutsumi (Gongendo Prefectural Park)
    place
    Saitama Pref. Satteshi Uchigouma 887-3
    phone
    0480440873
    opening-hour
    Free walking
  • 03

    Terasaka Tanada, Saitama

    Terasaka Tanada is said to be the largest rice terrace in Saitama Prefecture and is covered in cluster amaryllis from mid-to-late September. This stunning display of red is celebrated during the Terasaka Tanada Cluster Amaryllis Festival, which will be held on September 22, 2019 from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

    Aside from photographing the terraces, you can try local gourmet delicacies and listen to live music in the middle of the rice fields.

    Terasaka Tanada

    Terasaka Tanada

    2019 Terasaka Tanada Cluster Amaryllis Festival

    Schedule: 9/22*Only one day
    Holding time: From 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    Admission: Free
    Access: A 15-minute walk from Yokose Station on the Seibu Chichibu Line
    Free shuttle bus service from Yokose Station and Buko Onsen
    Best time to see: Mid-September to late September

    Yokoze
    place
    Saitama Pref
  • 04

    Koishikawa Korakuen, Tokyo

    If you’re visiting Tokyo, then head to the Koishikawa Korakuen garden in Bunkyo-ku where you can see cluster amaryllis backed by the Tokyo Dome.

    The bright red of the flowers contrasts beautifully against the golden rice stalks that blanket much of the park, making it an incredibly picturesque place to stroll.

    Koishikawa Korakuen

    Koishikawa Korakuen

    Information

    Best time to see: Mid-September to late September
    Opening hours: From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (admission until 4:30 pm)
    Entrance fee: General 300 yen, 65 years old and over 150 yen
    Group (over 20 people) General 240 yen (65 years old and over 120 yen)
    (Free for elementary school students and younger, junior high school students living in Tokyo)
    Access: 3-minute walk from Iidabashi Station Exit C3 on the Toei Subway Oedo Line

    Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
    place
    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kouraku 1
    phone
    0338113015
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00 (Admission ends a…
  • 05

    Hama-rikyu Gardens, Tokyo

    Hama-rikyu is a Daimyo garden in Chuo-ku that will transport you back to the Edo period. Around mid-September, the garden transforms a brilliant red as cluster amaryllis begin to bloom, particularly around the site of the Enryokan.

    The displays usually continue until late September, with the garden open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (admission until 4:30 pm).

    Hama-rikyu Gardens

    Hama-rikyu Gardens

    Information

    Best time to see: Mid-September to late September
    Opening hours: From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm (admission until 4:30 pm)
    Entrance fee: General 300 yen, 65 years old and over 150 yen
    Group (over 20 people) General 240 yen (65 years old and over 120 yen)
    (Free for elementary school students and younger, junior high school students living in Tokyo)
    Access: 5-minute walk from Shiodome Station Exit 10 on the Toei Oedo Line

    Hama-rikyu Gardens
    rating

    4.5

    1915 Reviews
    place
    Tokyo Chuou-ku Hamarikyuteien
    phone
    0335410200
    opening-hour
    9:00-17:00 (Admission ends a…
  • 06

    Saihoji Temple, Kanagawa

    If you’re visiting Kanagawa, the Saihoji Temple in Yokohama’s Kohoku Ward is the place to head to see cluster amaryllis in a variety of colors, including red, white, yellow and pink. About 11,000 bloom in total from mid-to-late September, particularly along the staircase that leads to the mountain gate.

    Saihoji Temple

    Saihoji Temple

    Information

    Best time to see: Mid-September to late September
    Admission time: All day
    Admission: Free
    Access: 5 minutes on foot from Yokohama Municipal Subway Blue Line Shinba Station

    Saihoji Temple
    place
    Kanagawa Yokohama-shi Kohoku-ku Nippacho 2586
    phone
    0455312370
  • 07

    Eishoji Temple, Kanagawa

    Another popular amaryllis cluster spot in Kamakura is the Eishoji Temple, with the flowers blooming slightly later here (late September to early October) compared to most of the other places. But it’s important to keep in mind that the displays are dependent on the weather and can change from year to year.

    Information

    Best time to see: Late September to early October
    Admission time:9 am-4 pm
    Admission: General 300 yen
    Access:12 minutes on foot from Kamakura Station

    Eishoji Temple
    rating

    4.0

    52 Reviews
    place
    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Ogigayatsu 1-16-3
    phone
    0467223534
    opening-hour
    9:00-16:00
  • 08

    Hayakawabuchi Higanbana no Sato, Gunma

    Around 30 minutes on foot from Sakaimachi Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line will take you to Gunma Prefecture’s most spectacular display of cluster amaryllis - Hayakawabuchi Higanbana no Sato.

    Around three million flowers transform the area into a sea of red, with the displays at their most impressive between mid-to-late September. This private property is run by volunteers and located in Sakaimitsugi to the east of Isesaki’s city center.

    It’s accessible from 6:00 am to 5:00 pm each day and admission is free.

    Image photo

    Image photo

    Information

    Best time to see: Mid-September to late September
    Opening hours: 6 am-5 pm
    Admission: Free
    Access:30 minutes on foot from Sakaimachi Station on the Tobu Isesaki Line

    早川渕彼岸花の里
    place
    群馬県伊勢崎市境三ツ木

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