Cosmos コスモス

12 11 2010

Pink Cosmos

Pink Cosmos

Cosmos コスモス are another flower that can be seen here and there in Japan, but also en masse in specially planted fields. They can bloom as early as late September, but usually peak around mid October, and last until the end of the month.

There are many places with special Cosmos fields, so you can probably find something close to where you are.

This year I went to Washinomiya 鷲宮, in Saitmama 埼玉県, which is on the Tobu Isezaki Line 東部伊勢崎線, or also accessible from Higashi Washinomiya 東鷲宮 on the JR Utsunomiya line 宇都宮線. Washinomiya’s Cosmos Fureai Road コスモスふれあいロード follows a river for 12km, and is lined by over 8 million plants, so it’s makes quite a lovely Sunday afternoon stroll. They also hold a festival during the peak season (usually a weekend mid October) at the Washinomiya Town Office 鷲宮市役場.

All the pretty colours

All the pretty colours

Along the Cosmos Fureai Road

Along the Cosmos Fureai Road

Red Cosmos Flower

Red Cosmos Flower

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Kinchakuda Manjushage 巾着田の曼珠沙華

9 10 2010
Manjushage

Manjushage

Manjushage 曼珠沙華, or Spider Lilies, bloom in late September to early October. They can be spotted in small numbers in gardens and green areas around Tokyo, and are quite beautiful, but are spectacular en masse.

Kinchakuda 巾着田 is about one hour out from Ikebukuro on the Seibu Ikebukuro line and the Seibu Chichibu line, and is accessible from Koma Station 高麗駅. It is a flower field on the inside of a river that almost curves around 360 degrees, and has over a million blooms in red and a few in white. It also has a small field of Cosmos コスモス that bloom around the same time, and a number of hikes and walks in the area.  Entrance to the park is 200yen.  More details about Kinchakuda 巾着田 can be found on the official website (Japanese only).

A guide to hiking the nearby Mt Hiwata and Koma Pass is also coming soon.

Here are a few photos from my visit to the field on October 2nd 2010.

White Manjushage

White Manjushage

Kinchakuda

Kinchakuda

Manjushage and Koma River

Manjushage and Koma River

Red Manjushage

Red Manjushage

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