The Ranzan Lavender festival started in 2018 at the Sennen No Sono Lavender Field. From its inception the field was the largest lavender field in the Kanto area. However, in 2019 they planted additional lavender flowers for a total of 50,000 lavender over eight hectares and it became the largest lavender field in the whole of Japan.
The festival is on from early June to early July. However, prime viewing is not until toward the end of the festival. Generally the very end of June. It costs 500 yen to enter the festival area. You receive a postcard that smells of lavender with your entry ticket. They have five different types of lavender including the rare white type. There are several food booths and a couple of food vans in the rest area just as you enter the festival grounds. The festival site is open from 9 am to 5 pm with last entry at 4.30 pm.
By car: For people with a disability car sticker, there is parking right beside the festival site. The official parking for the Ranzan Lavender Festival is at the B&G indoor swimming pool's grounds. It is about a 15 minute walk to the field from the car park. If you are willing to pay, the car park for Ranzan Barbecue site is right beside the lavender field and costs 1,000 yen for entry, not for the day. If you leave with your car, you need to pay if you want to park the car there again.
By public transport: The nearest station is Musashi Ranzan station on the Tobu Tojo Line. It is an approximate 40 minute scenic walk to the site from the station. You can get a bus or taxi from the station too. At the festival site there is a taxi stand for catching a taxi back to the station.
By bicycle: Ranzan is part of the Hiki District of Saitama. The Hiki District is a renowned cycling area. Consequently, you will find there are bike stands at most restaurants and large attractions.
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I've been in Japan for 18 years and yet everyday is still an adventure. For the last 11 years I have been living in and blogging about Saitama Prefecture (on my personal blog insaitama.com), occasionally appearing on TV to promote the attractions of my adopted home in rural Saitama. Despite its central location, just North of Tokyo, Saitama is still quite unknown to the international tourist, but frequented by domestic travelers. It is a great place to experience some off-the-international-tourist-trail locations and meet with locals and national tourists. And of course Saitama is home to venues for both the Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. I hope to introduce a taste of what there is to do and see in my articles on Japan Travel and help you with your Saitama travel planning.