Bright-red Kochia and Red spider lily! Introducing the best views of beautiful flowers and the best time to see them during autumn!

Bright-red Kochia and Red spider lily! Introducing the best views of beautiful flowers and the best time to see them during autumn!
The major scenery in autumn is undoubtedly the red and yellow leaves of Japanese maples, maples, and ginkgo trees, but there are many other beautiful botanical sceneries in Japan that can only be seen in autumn.
While "autumn leaf viewing" is great to look up and enjoy, why not also enjoy the colors of Japanese autumn from a more up-close perspective? In this article, we would like to introduce you to some spectacular views of plants that can only be seen in autumn.

1. Red spider lily of Kinchakuda Park (Saitama)

Red spider lily of Kinchakuda Park (Saitama Prefecture)

|The largest cluster of 5 million bewitching Red spider lily in Japan!

The Kinchakuda field spreads out surrounded by the Koma River, which flows through Hidaka City, Saitama Prefecture.
It is a skirt-shaped land with a diameter of about 500 m and an area of about 22 ha, created over a long period of time by a river that meanders in an almost circular pattern. In autumn, the "Kinchakuda Manjushage Park" on the site is filled with red magic lilies or equinox flowers in full bloom.
  • Kinchakuda Manjushage Park red magic lilies or equinox flowers
  • Kinchakuda Manjushage Park red magic lilies or equinox flowers
It is very rare in Japan that approximately 5 million red spider lilies grow in clusters on an area of about 3.4 ha, making Kinchakuda Manjushage Park the largest of its kind in Japan.
From mid-September to early October, when the flowers are at their best, many visitors are attracted by their unique shape like a burning flame with the fascinating deep red color.

The Kinchakuda Manjushage Festival is held at Kinchakuda to coincide with the best time to view the flowers. Here you can enjoy stalls selling local delicacies and specialties, stage events, and other events.

*For more information on the "Manjushage Festival," please click here (Japanese).
【Best Season】Mid-September to early October

2.Kochia in Hitachi Seaside Park(Ibaraki)

Kochia in Hitachi Seaside Park(Ibaraki)

|Spectacular view of red hills tinted with round and pretty kochias.

National Hitachi Seaside Park, located in Hitachinaka City, Ibaraki Prefecture, is a popular spot where visitors can enjoy colorful plants throughout the four seasons.
While the spectacular Baby blue eyes (nemophila) that bloom in the spring are especially famous, the star of the show in the fall are the beautiful round-shaped 32,000 Kochia trees!
Kochia in Hitachi Seaside Park(Ibaraki)
The Kochias in "Miharashi Hill" gradually change their color from green to red in late September, and by mid-October, the entire hill is covered in a bright red hue. By mid-October, the entire hill is covered with the round, dense Kochia trees. It also gives the impression of a soft and fuzzy ball of yarn.
In conjunction with this season, the park is holding the "Come, Watch, and Touch Kochia Carnival," offering a variety of events and gourmet foods to enjoy the autumn season to the fullest.
Kochia in Hitachi Seaside Park(Ibaraki)
【Best Season】Early to mid-October

3.Sulfur Cosmos of Omoshiroyama Cosmos Berg(Yamagata)

Sulfur Cosmos of Omoshiroyama Cosmos Berg(Yamagata)

|The orange carpet that heralds the early arrival of autumn!

The name "Omoshiroyama Cosmos Berg" is a combination of "cosmos," an annual plant of the Asteraceae family, and "Berg," the German word for mountain.
In early September, the flower fields of approximately 7 hectares are in full bloom, and the flowers herald the early arrival of autumn in Yamagata.
Sulfur Cosmos of Omoshiroyama Cosmos Berg(Yamagata)
Kibana cosmos is different from the commonly known pink and white cosmos, and blooms earlier than the cosmos.
  • Sulfur Cosmos of Omoshiroyama Cosmos Berg(Yamagata)
  • Sulfur Cosmos of Omoshiroyama Cosmos Berg(Yamagata)
At first glance, they may look the same, but try to compare them: some are almost vermilion-orange, some are bright golden yellow, some have single or double petals, and so on. There are a lot of variations.
The fresh breezes of the highlands and the sight of bright vitamin colors all around will give power to both your tired summer body and your mind.
【Best Season】Early September~early October
【Location】Yamadera Omoshiroyama, Yamagata City
【Fee】free
【Access】10-minute walk from Omoshiroyama Kogen Station on the JR Senzan Line
【WEB site】https://yamagatakanko.com/en/attractions/detail_15.html

4.Dahlia flowers in Grinpa amusement park(Shizuoka)

Dahlia flowers in Grinpa amusement park(Shizuoka)

|One of the largest in the Kanto and Tokai areas! Flower festival with 30,000 dahlias in full bloom!

Amusement Park Grinpa is located in Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture, in the wilderness at the Mount Fuji 2nd station. From early summer to autumn, about 30,000 dahlias bloom in profusion against the backdrop of Mt. Fuji
  • Dahlia flowers in Grinpa amusement park(Shizuoka)
  • Dahlia flowers in Grinpa amusement park(Shizuoka)
Dahlias are large double flowers, up to 8 cm in diameter, with petals of different shapes and colors. The sight of these individually unique flowers filling the spacious garden is spectacular! It is a dreamlike, picturesque beauty that is worthy of being called a "flower garden in the sky.

In late August, approximately 160,000 cosmos and 300,000 marigolds bloom, and as the season progresses, the garden turns into an even more spectacular flower garden.
  • Dahlia flowers in Grinpa amusement park(Shizuoka)
  • Dahlia flowers in Grinpa amusement park(Shizuoka)
In addition, the "The Heavenly Dahlia Festival," (Tenku no Daria Matsuri) is held every year in conjunction with the blooming of dahlias.
Various events are prepared during the festival, dogs are allowed to enter, and there is also a special photo spot. Invite your family, and friends, and take your pets to this garden in the sky where nature and flowers are woven together.
【Best Season】Mid-July to late September
【Location】2427 Fujiwara, Suyama, Susono City, Shizuoka Prefecture
【Fee】Adults: 1,200 yen; Seniors: 800 yen; Children: 800 yen; Dogs: 800 yen
【Open Hours】Canceled in 2022
【Holidays】Open throughout the event period
【Access】50 minutes by bus bound for Gurinpa from JR Gotemba Station
【WEB site】http://www.grinpa.com/en/

5.Silver Grass of Soni Highland(Nara)

Silver Grass of Soni Highland(Nara)

|Beautiful pampas grass shining golden in the evening sun

The Soni Highland is located in Uda County, Nara Prefecture, on the border with Mie Prefecture. It is a vast plateau of about 40 hectares in size at the foot of Mt. Kuroso.
From spring to summer, the grasslands are lush, green and refreshing, but from early October to late November, the entire plateau is covered with Japanese pampas grass, and the silvery ears sway softly in the wind.
  • Silver Grass of Soni Highland(Nara)
  • Silver Grass of Soni Highland(Nara)
The most beautiful time is at dusk, when the entire plateau turns golden. The scenery of Japanese pampas grass, which flutters back and forth from side to side in the evening sun, is so soft and gentle that you may forget about the time, just quietly staring at the sunset.
The view depends on the time of day and weather, but it is one of the most beautiful sights you must see.
【Best Season】Early October to late November
At first glance, many autumn plants have similar colors, such as red, yellow, and orange, but on the one hand, they have a somewhat fragile, wistful beauty, and on the other hand, they have a crisp, energizing strength that brings us beautiful colors that move our hearts.
Please come out and enjoy the spectacular view that only autumn flowers can offer.

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