Kinchakuda is a park located in Saitama Prefecture. Kinchaku means a bag with a narrow top. It is so called because the topography resembles a Kinchaku.
To get there, take the Seibu Line from Ikebukuro in the direction of Chichibu. The nearest station is called Koma.
Koma has a history of being settled in 716 by people from Koukuri (a country that used to be on the Korean Peninsula).
That was about 1300 years ago.
Kinchakuda is famous for its Higanbana(Lycoris radiata), which bloom in late September each year, numbering about 5 million. The entire area becomes like a red carpet.
In other seasons, you can enjoy cherry blossoms and rape blossoms, and hiking is also available, making it a good place to visit from Tokyo on weekends.
By the way, due to the corona pandemic, Higanbana have been mowed down for the second year in a row.
For safety reasons, this was done to keep everyone from coming, since every year many people come to see the flowers that look like a red carpet.
The locals are very proud of their hordes of Higanbana, so it saddens me to think how they must have felt when they mowed the flowers.
And this September, for the first time in many years, the Higanbana were open to the public.
Higanbana at Kinchakuda, which has not been seen for a long time, is as beautiful as before.
An admission fee of 500 yen is required only when Higanbana is in bloom. Body temperature measurement and hand sanitizing are also conducted at the entrance.
Then, in the park, each person should take care of each other by wearing a mask and taking social distance.
Higanbana bloom for only a week or so, and its blooming time depends on the weather.
If you are near Tokyo or Saitama at this time of year, it is best to check the information on the blooming of Higanbana before you visit.
It is recommended that you plan your trip leisurely.