Lynda Hogan

Autumn Sunflowers in Kawagoe

Discover another side of Kawagoe

Lynda Hogan
Lynda Hogan   - 2 min read

There is more to Kawagoe City than just the famous Edo period storehouses and the tourist strip known as "Ichibangai". In this series of posts about off the beaten path Kawagoe spots, I introduce 'Another Kawagoe': Places to go, things to see that you won't find on the tourist maps. This episode looks at one of Kawagoe's stunning Autumn scenes of thousands of sunflowers back dropped by Isanuma (Isa Marsh) in a rural area of Kawagoe.

Isanuma is an area of Kawagoe named after the Isa marsh. The marsh is well known among bird watchers. Some may also know it for the lotus that grow in the marsh every summer. Furthermore, the cherry blossoms along the west avenue of the marsh are the pride and joy of the locals. On the east bank of the marsh there is a community garden called Isa Marsh East Bank Flower Garden or Isanuma Tōgan Hanabatake in Japanese. In summer they grow a small display of mini sunflowers and cosmos in the garden. But autumn, specifically September, is when the gardens really portray their beauty with a large display of Autumn sunflowers.

The official webpage on the Kawagoe City website does not provide information, just photos of the current condition of the fields. Therefore, I have not been able to confirm the size of the autumn sunflower field or how many sunflowers grow. However, I would speculate with confidence that there are more than 20,000 sunflowers in the field. There may even be close to 100,000. There is a make shift footpath through the sunflowers so it is easy to get good photos. The season is generally from mid September to the end of the month. Moreover, as the season winds down, in the last days of September, you are allowed to pick the sunflowers for free.

Also, in the 'Another Kawagoe' series: Styrofoam Art in Kawagoe.

Getting there

You can get the 06 bus from Kawagoe Station, bound for Kawagoe Sports Park via Saitama Medical center, and alight at Kamoda bus stop. From there its a 12 minute direct walk south to the flower fields. If you miss the stop, don't worry you can always get off at Saitama Medical Center and walk from there. Its a bit longer, but manageable.

If you are coming by car, there is a large car park right on the south end of the flower garden. There is also parking on the West side of the marsh by Isanuma Park.

Lynda Hogan

Lynda Hogan @lynda.hogan

Lynda has been in Japan for 20 years and blogging about Saitama on her personal blog insaitama.com for 14 of them.  Despite its central location, just North of Tokyo, Saitama is still quite unknown to the international tourist, but frequented by domestic travelers. It is a great place to experien...