Date: 6th July 2018
Aside from hydrangeas, I thought that I should try going for some other summer-only events while I was in Japan last summer. I happened to read about the Tokorozawa Lily Festival in Savvy Tokyo’s Weekend Area Events article before the start of my trip, so I was able to quickly make changes to my itinerary.
Unfortunately, it was drizzling on the day of my visit and seeing that the festival was coming to an end, the lilies looked less alive than it did in the many pictures I saw online (check links to these other sites at the end of the post).
The Tokorozawa Lily Garden (ところざわのゆり園) boasts around 50 varieties and 450,000 of lilies, which reaches its peak blossoming season between mid-June to early July. Due to these varieties, the lilies have various full-bloom times and so the garden can be enjoyed for a whole month.
This should (?) mark the end of my 2018 summer post. I would probably be in Japan by the time this post is published, so look forward to my autumn posts!
Event date: 1st June – 7th July (2019)
Opening hours: 09:00 – 17:00
Admission fee: 1,100 yen
Contact: 04-2922-1370 (only contactable during the season)
Links to sites with better pictures:
- Japan Travel – Sandeep Casi’s Lilies in Full Bloom in Tokorozawa
- PhotoBento – The Lily Garden
The lily garden is easily reachable in 3 minutes via the overhead pedestrian bridge from Seibukyujo-mae Station on the Seibu Sayama Line. You can easily spot the banners of the lily festival upon exiting the station.
Seibukyujo-mae Station can be reached from Ikebukuro Station in about 40 minutes (370 yen) via the Seibu Ikebukuro Line and the Seibu Sayama Line.