Japan, Saitama Adventures

Higanbana (Spider Lily) Viewing in Saitama

 

Since my last post, I have been getting back into the swing of working and being a graduate student. This summer put a lot of things in perspective for me, which I will be sharing over time. But for now, I want to talk about my day trip to Hidaka, Saitama.

I get a lot of my inspiration for adventures from my Instagram feed. A picture of Higanbana (spider lilies) floated by, and I knew I needed to see them.

Before deciding to take the trip to see them, I did some research on the meaning behind the flowers. According to the Tokyo Cheapo Website, these flowers represent loss and death in flower language. A little dark, but so is life sometimes.

After some more Googling, I came across the Saitama with Kids website which had more information about the Kinchakuda Red Spider Lily Festival. By the time I found out about this, it was already the last week of the festival so I could only make it on the final day.

If you decide that you would like to see the spider lilies, I do not suggest going on the last weekend of the festival.

I repeat, do not go on the last weekend of the festival.

Apparently, these flowers have a very short lifespan. The festival only lasted about two weeks, from September 16th until October 1st. While the location has thousands of plants, when I went on the last day, about 90% of the flowers were dead. If you’re expecting to see a beautiful sea of red when you walk in on the final day, you will be disappointed.

Things to do in Saitama, Higanbana red spider lily flower viewing in hidaka saitama, kinchakuda
Lack of flowers on the last day.

If you continue to wander through the park, it will become a treasure hunt of sorts, with the reward being bursts of red higanbana in unlikely places. The flowers that I did have the opportunity to see were still beautiful, despite being on their last leg.

Things to do in Saitama, Higanbana red spider lily flower viewing in hidaka saitama, kinchakuda

I’m 100% confident that if you go during their prime, it would be a beautiful sight. I would recommend this spot, especially since I will be going again myself.

Until next time,

Onjel

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