Apr 10th
May 5th
Peony flower at Higashimatsuyama Botanen
Lynda Hogan

Botanen Peony Festival

Flower festival at Japan's largest peony garden

Lynda Hogan   - 2 min read
Venue : Botanen When : Apr 10th - May 5th 2021, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Notice: While this event is confirmed, outdoor events can be subject to sudden cancellation or postponement due to weather or unforeseen circumstances. Our listings are only updated periodically, so please check the official site closer to any event if you wish to attend.

Botanen is a small park in rural Higashimatsuyama right on the border of Namegawa. Botanen literally means peony garden. The park boasts the largest peony garden in all of Japan. There are more than one hundred varieties with approximately 6,500 peonies in the peony garden. Thus, despite being relatively small, it is quite well known, especially by admirers of peony flowers.

The peony festival is held annually from mid April until the end of Golden Week. In 2021, due to the pandemic, there will be no live performances at the festival. The park is generally free, but during the period of the festival, there is a charge of 500 yen per adult. However, parking is free.

The park has gone to great lengths in recent years to attract more visitors throughout the year adding a fun playground and extra facilities. They have also grown other seasonal blooms such as wintersweet that bloom in January. Moreover, they now have a winter peony exhibit annually in January. It is a much smaller display than the peonies that bloom in spring, but very picturesque with small bamboo huts around the peony to protect them from the elements.

Getting there

Botanen is about a 15 minute drive from the Higashimatsuyama exit of the Kanetsu expressway.

During Peony season there is normally a loop bus that runs three times an hour between 9 am and 3 pm from Tobu Tojo Higashimatsuyama Station on Saturdays. It costs 100 yen each way. However, please note that it may not be available in 2021 due to the pandemic.

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...