If you want to experience spring once again in these late summer-early autumn days, then go to Ikebukuro station and take the Seibu Ikebukuro Line to Koma station. In less than an hour, you will find yourself in Kinchakuda-Manjushage Park.
Kinchakuda-Manjushage Park extends along a pouch-shaped rice field embraced by the Koma River. It is just spectacular to see over a million red spider lilies blossoming out together in Kinchakuda along the river. The best time to view the blossom is from the middle of September to the middle of October. more here
But even before you can reach the carpet of spider lilies, a field of cosmos will surely grab your attention first. Pink, yellow and white cosmos against the greens and blue skies provide entertainment not only to the photographers but even for regular sightseers.
the blue canopy
echoes songs of the river
red dancers dancing
A 300-yen entrance is required before you can enter the area where the spider lilies are overflowing. Red totally dominated the park. Taking a photo of a spider lily is quite a challenge and seems a regular flower only. But if it’s with the rest of the lilies, it produces magic.
And if you are a bit tired with these flowers and would love to relax your eyes, no need to worry as the field follows the Koma River. You can rest near the stream, play with the water or if you are crazy enough have a swim. Just don’t let the park rangers catch you.
I must admit that I am not familiar with this park, but if you have a trigger happy friends like Alaine and Noli, expect the unexpected.
last photo by Noli
As I always say, there are lots of places to explore here in Japan and if I am lazy to search for one, my friends are just a message away.