Konosu city in Saitama, 40 minutes far from Tokyo area by train, gives you a refreshing moment with seasonal joys in nature during the "Poppy and Flower Festival" held from May 13rd to 21nd!
The city, not only as a traditional doll-making area, but is also noted with the nickname of ‘town of flowers’ because flower cultivation has been one of the city’s biggest industries for more than 80 years.
The festival is held at three sites (Mamuro, Fukiage, Kawasato ) and open gardens. Each site has different event schedules, so check them out for your visit plan. On weekends during the festive week visitors will be entertained by varieties of flowers, gardens, related events, open stages and stalls of local foods in the fresh early-summer air and picturesque nature.
One of the sites, Kakyu-no-sato, is a very popular place among people who love music, traditional culture, flowers and local products. Its classic buildings built 170 years ago and also the garden attract visitors especially during the rose-seasons (in early summer and autumn), you will be amazed with varieties of roses and also well-considered gardening styles changing in each season. Additionally, you can buy flower seeds, newly graded flowers and plants because Kakyu-no-sato stands in the canter of one of the biggest flower cultivation areas in Konosu. Not only flowers, additionally you can enjoy choosing local foods and fresh vegetables to buy in the same shop. And if you want to experience the local food-culture, try a nice bowl of Udon noodles, crispy tempura or side dishes based on the area's recipes in the nostalgic atmosphere of the traditional restaurant building!
For transportation you can take free shuttle buses operated between the railway stations and the sites on weekends of the festival week. On weekdays, local buses called Flower-go can be helpful to reach each site.
I highly recommend you of staying in Mamuro or Fukiage site on riverbeds also around dusk, because you'll see the beautifully boundless landscape with the setting sun fascinates visitors and locals especially photo enthusiasts so much!
Please notice that most of flowers this year seem to start blooming earlier than usual years. You can check the blooming information of the Mamuro and Fukiage site on riverbed in the homepage of Konosu-city.
If you enjoyed the festival and taking pictures, why don't you join the "Flower Festival Photo Contest 2023"? How to apply : Flower Festival - Konosu City Official Homepage (www-city-kounosu-saitama-jp.translate.goog)
The festival’s PDF brochure