Satte Higanbana Festival

For thousands of red spider lilies

Sep 15th
Sep 30th
Venue: Gongendo Park When: Sep 15th - Sep 30th 2021

The Satte Higanbana Festival is a red spider lily festival held in Gongendo Park annually. Higanbana is one of the most common names for the spider lily in Japan. Satte's higanbana display is the second largest red spider lily display in Saitama Prefecture. The largest is the display in Kinchakuda in Hidaka City. In Gongendo park there are more than three million red spider lilies. The red spider lily has several names in both English and Japanese. One of the names in Japanese means "equinox flower". They are so called because they typically start to bloom around the Autumn equinox. They are quite a short lived flower, generally only lasting for about two weeks at the end of September.

During the period of the bloom, Gongendo park have a "higanbana festival". Additional events are organized and there are usually food vans at the park during the festival period. In 2020, the festival was cancelled, but the park was still open and the flowers were in bloom. Other parks, including the aforementioned Kinchakuda, actually cut down the spider lilies to prevent people coming.

Getting there

By public transport: A bus goes from Satte Station on the Tobu Nikko line. Take the Asahi bus bound for Goka Machi Yakuba and alight at “Gongendo” bus stop, which is on the south end of the park.

By car: The park is about a ten minute drive from the Satte Interchange of the Ken-o expressway. The main car park is open all year round. The higanbana festival in Gongendo park is very popular so they open additional parking lots during the period of bloom.

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Lynda has been in Japan for 20 years and blogging about Saitama on her personal blog for 14 of them.  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. 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.  Be sure to stop by my website where you will find 600 things to do in Saitama and 400 active events! 

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Elena Lisina 8 months ago
This flower looks great, I like it!
Elena Lisina 8 months ago
I like even one single flower!