Spring isn't the only time of year to enjoy colorful seasonal blooms in Japan - autumn packs a punch, too! Kagawa's Sanuki Mannou Park hosts their annual Aki Irodori Festa from mid-September through until early November, and the event showcases the beauty of pink cosmos and red kochia bushes.
In total, you'll find around 300,000 cosmos plants in eight varieties, and approximately 6000 kochia bushes. For those wanting to catch the kochia in their trademark vibrant red hue, aim for around mid-October.
Sanuki Manno Park is located around a 25 minute drive from the Zentsuji IC on the Takamatsu Expressway, or 35 minutes from Sakaide IC on the Setochuo Expressway. On-site parking is available and is priced at 320 yen for regular vehicles.
For those utilizing public transport, the park is around 15 minutes by taxi from either the JR Kotohira Station, Kotoden Kotohira Station, or the Kotoden Okada Station.
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