This carpet of over 5,000,000 bright red spider lilies beside the Koma River made it to the list of the top 30 reasons to visit Japan or really, the top 30 most beautiful places in Japan. So remarkable, in fact, that the Emperor and Empress of Japan came last year to see it for themselves. The entrance fee of ¥300 allows you to walk amongst the flowers and enter the festival area with all day stage events and food and souvenir booths. On September 23, Sunday, there will be a special "Hidaka Chestnut Festival" -- Hidaka is famous for chestnuts. Tkae this opportunity to sample chestnuts prepared in a variety of ways.
Kinchakuda is about a 10 minute downhill walk from Koma Station (Seibu Chichibu Line). Koma Station is a little over an hour from Ikebukuro which makes it an easy day trip. Visitors are encouraged to take the train. Thousands of people come to see this yearly event and parking spaces are limited.