Higanbana Flower Viewing at Kinchakuda in Saitama

While most people associate spring with flowers, there are also plenty of pretty flowers that bloom throughout fall in Japan. My favorites are the mysterious and melancholy higanbana, also called red spider lilies.

This flower, from the amaryllis family, is the first fall flower to bloom, heralding the season around the fall equinox. These cute little guys appear all over the country in late September/early October, but in Tokyo you’ll probably only see them in random groups.

To see fields of it in all their scarlet glory, you have to get out of town. One of the best places to see higanbana is Kinchakuda Manjushage Park in Saitama.

Magic Fields of Red Spider Lilies

There are actually a few different places to see higanbana in Saitama, but the biggest is Kinchakuda Manjushage Park, which has over 500 million flowers. The park is laid out in a U-shape, with a winding path through the flower fields by the river.

Fortunately, the park is quite shaded, which makes for a comfortable outing despite the still high temperatures. We recommend viewing the flowers in the morning, after they open, and on a weekday if you can. These magic fields are no secret and can attract quite a few people on weekends!

Higanbana fields at Kinchakuda in Saitama.

There are a number of myths and stories associated with the higanbana. Their bulbs are poisonous, so they are often planted around rice paddies, rivers and houses to ward off pests.

In addition, some Buddhists celebrate the arrival of autumn with a ceremony at the graves of their ancestors and plant these flowers on the graves to pay respect to the dead.

Higanbana (Red Spider Lily) Flower Festival at Gongendo Park

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