Gongendo Park is famous for its cherry blossoms and rapeseed scenery which attracts thousands of visitors every spring. However, in recent years the park's hydrangea have been growing in fame and popularity. Approximately 16,000 hydrangea bloom in Gongendo Park every June. They are located close to the main car park of the park. During the period of the bloom the park hosts a Hydrangea Festival.
In 2020, there was no festival due to the Coronavirus outbreak. It remains to be seen if the 2021 festival can go ahead. However, even if it doesn't, the park is still open to the public.
By public transport: A bus goes from Satte Station on the Tobu Nikko line. Take the Asahi bus bound for Goka Machi Yakuba and alight at “Gongendo” bus stop, which is on the south end of the park.
By car: The park is about a ten minute drive from the Satte Interchange of the Ken-o expressway. The main car park is open all year round. If the park is very busy they have an overflow car park. There is currently no charge for parking.
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