Nature

Kiyose Sunflower Festival

  • Summer
  • Other

The Kiyose Sunflower Festival is held from mid to late August every year. Approximately 100,000 large sunflowers bloom on the expansive 24,000 square meters of farmland in Kiyose City.

Kiyose Station

Poppies Coloring the Heavens, Sainokuni-Fureai-Bokujo (Saitama Petting Farm)

  • Spring

As the name implies, approximately 15 million poppies will bloom on this 500-meter elevation plateau. A blanket of brightly colored poppies matched with expansive blue skies overhead creates an absolutely dreamlike scene.
Generally, varieties that go by the name "poppy" indicate "Iceland poppies", which were discovered by an Arctic expedition team in Siberia in the 18th century.
As with red (common) poppies of the same Papaver genus, they feature petals that are like thin paper.

Hana Sannpo URL:
https://www.seiburailway.jp/railways/hanasanpo/english/poppy/index.html

Hitsujiyama Park and Shibazakura (Moss Pink)

  • Spring
  • Chichibu/Nagatoro

This park is located on a small hill that overlooks Okuchichibu and Joshinetsu regions. You can enjoy visiting a variety of areas inside the park, including the Yamato Art Museum, Mt. Bukoh Museum, tennis courts, athletic grounds, and the Bokusui Waterfall.
In the spring, more than 400,000 Shibazakura flowers bloom in the Shibazakura Hill. This popular tourist spot is famous as the closest site from Tokyo for viewing Shibazakura flowers.

http://www.chichibu-omotenashi.com/en/sights.html

Approximately 12 minutes on foot from Seibu-Chichibu Station

Kinchakuda and Koma River

  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Other

This terrain was formed by the meandering nature of the Koma River. Its name comes from the fact that the area appears shaped like a purse (Kinchaku in Japanese) when viewed from the north side of Mt. Hiwada. This area is also famous for flowers. In autumn, 1 million red spider lilies (best viewed in mid to late September) bloom in the forests, and cosmos (best viewed in early to mid October) bloom in the flower gardens. In spring, field mustard flowers (best viewed from late March to early April) bloom colorfully. The Koma River flows gently in Kinchakuda, which is ideal for fishing and playing in the water. You can enjoy the cool breeze in the shade of a tree, and you might be lucky enough to spot a kingfisher or Japanese woodpecker.

http://www.kinchakuda.com/ (Japanese Website)

Approximately 15 minutes on foot from Koma Station

Ashigakubo Icicles

  • Autumn
  • Winter
  • Other

This is one of the sights on the course of Chichibu's three major icicle spots.
These icicles are maintained in the Hyo-no-sawa region as a famous tourist attraction in the town of Yokoze. An icicle 150m in width or larger is formed on the side of the mountain, thanks to the efforts of locals who scatter water from the river.

http://www.chichibu-omotenashi.com/en/sights.html

Approximately 15 minutes on foot from Ashigakubo Station

Heisei Tsutsuji Park

  • Spring
  • Other

This municipal park features 16,000 azaleas (the official flower of Nerima) of approximately 500 different varieties. The park is popular with visitors from mid April to early May, when the flowers are in bloom.

Approximately 2 minutes on foot from Nerima Station

International Roses & Gardening Show

  • Spring
  • Other

The International Rose & Gardening Show, Japan's largest celebration of the world's roses and beautiful gardening, is held in the Seibu Prince Dome every May. This event introduces the various charms of roses and gardening, with the purpose of rediscovering new culture while coexisting with nature. It has been praised highly from around the world as a unique type of event.

Seibukyūjō-mae Station

Cherry blossoms

  • Spring
  • Other

Cherry blossoms represent Japan.
Popular places to view cherry blossoms along the Seibu Lines and the Chichibu Railway Line: Nagatoro Cherry Blossom Tunnel, Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park, Sayama Inariyama Park, Seibuen Amusement Park, Toshimaen, Lake Sayama, Lake Tama, Kinchakuda, Araiyakushi Nakano Street

Hana Sannpo URL:
https://www.seiburailway.jp/railways/hanasanpo/english/sakura/index.html

Irises

  • Spring
  • Other

Irises have bright purple petals at the end of long green stems.
Popular places to view irises along the Seibu Lines: Kitayama Park in Higashimurayama, Chikozan Park

Hana Sannpo URL:
https://www.seiburailway.jp/railways/hanasanpo/english/hanashoubu/index.html

Lilies

  • Spring
  • Summer
  • Other

Lilies are long, straight, and have a strong, sweet fragrance.
Popular place to view lilies along the Seibu Line: Tokorozawa Lily Garden

Hana Sannpo URL:
https://www.seiburailway.jp/railways/hanasanpo/english/yuri/index.html

Hydrangeas

  • Spring
  • Other

Hydrangeas evoke memories of Japan's rainy season.
Popular place to view hydrangeas along the Seibu Line: Toshimaen

Hana Sannpo URL:
https://www.seiburailway.jp/railways/hanasanpo/english/ajisai/index.html

False Anemones

  • Summer
  • Other

False anemones are fantastical flowers that bloom at our feet.
Popular place to view false anemones along the Seibu Line: Mt. Mitake

Red Spider Lilies

  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Other

Red spider lilies are autumn's red flowers.
Popular place to view red spider lilies along the Seibu Line: Kinchakuda in Koma

Hana Sannpo URL:
https://www.seiburailway.jp/railways/hanasanpo/english/manjushage/index.html

Cosmos

  • Summer
  • Autumn
  • Other

Cosmos are cute flowers that reflect the clear autumn sky.
Popular place to view cosmos along the Seibu Line: Showa Kinen Park

Hana Sannpo URL:
https://www.seiburailway.jp/railways/hanasanpo/english/cosmos/index.html

Autumn Leaves

  • Autumn
  • Other

Autumn leaves exhibit the charm of autumn in Japan.
Popular places to view autumn leaves along the Seibu Lines and Chichibu Railway Line: Kitain Temple in Kawagoe, Tsukinoishi Momiji Park near Kami-nagatoro Station, Hodosan Shrine in Nagatoro, Nagatoro Iwadatami rock formation and whitewater boating, Togo Park near Agano Station

Hana Sannpo URL:
https://www.seiburailway.jp/railways/hanasanpo/english/kouyou-ichou/index.html

Wintersweet

  • Winter
  • Other

Brilliant yellow wintersweet blossoms are beautiful in a wintry background.
Popular place to view wintersweet blossoms along the Seibu Line or the Chichibu Railway Line: Hodosan Wintersweet Garden

Hana Sannpo URL:
https://www.seiburailway.jp/railways/hanasanpo/english/roubai/index.html

Tetsugakudo Park

  • All year
  • Other

The late Dr. Enryo Inoue, a philosopher and educator who founded the Philosophy Academy (now Toyo University), established this park in 1904. There are 77 famous locations related to philosophy in the park, including "Rokukendai (Tower for Six Sages)", which honors the six sages of the East, as well as "Shiseido (Shrine for Four Philosophers)", which honors the world's four great philosophers (Confucius, Buddha, Socrates, and Kant).

Approximately 10 minutes on foot from Araiyakushi-mae Station

Kitayama Park

  • All year
  • Other

Kitayama Park is located in Higashi-Murayama, which is blessed with such a rich natural environment that it is hard to believe you are in Tokyo.
This large natural park with abundant water and greenery is located near Hachikokuyama, which is the origin of "Shichikokuyama" (a play on words) that appeared in the movie "My Neighbor Totoro". This park is famous for flowers. Approximately 8,000 irises bloom in early summer. Many people visit every year to enjoy the bright, purple flowers that seem to shine in the rain.

Approximately 13 minutes on foot from Higashi-Murayama Station

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park

  • All year
  • Other

This large memorial park is located on the site of the former Tokorozawa airfield, which used to be an aviation base. Tokorozawa has become known as the birthplace of Japanese aviation due to the balloon study group launched here in 1909 by the national government and subsequently be selected for an airfield. Visitors can relax at park facilities that include a general athletics field, tennis courts, and an outdoor stage. In 1911, the Tokorozawa Aviation Museum was built at Tokorozawa to commemorate Japan's first airfield. Airplanes from various eras are exhibited here.

Tokorozawa Aviation Memorial Park
http://www.parks.or.jp/tokorozawa-kokuu/ (Japanese Website)
Tokorozawa Aviation Museum
http://tam-web.jsf.or.jp/contxe/

A short walk from Kōkū-kōen Station

Shakujii Park

  • All year
  • Other

This municipal park is located in a wooded area of the Musashino region. To the west of the man-made Shakujii Pond is Sampoji Pond, which is made from spring water and is full of marsh plants. Both ponds can be found near the center of the park. This park is famous for boat rides and relaxing walks around the ponds. The area around Sampoji Pond is also famous among bird watchers for observing migratory birds and waterfowls. The "sounds of birds, water, and trees at Sampoji Pond" was selected by the former Environment Agency as one of the "Conserving 100 Soundscapes of Japan".

http://tokyo-park.or.jp/announcement/006/pdf/syakujiiFlyer_en.pdf

Approximately 7 minutes on foot from Shakujii-kōen Station

Seas of Clouds

  • All year
  • Other

Seas of clouds appear to be floating islands of mountains. In Chichibu, you can view this fantastical scenery from Chichibu Musepark and Mitsumine Shrine.

Koganei Park

  • All year
  • Other

This city park was opened in 1940. The park grounds, which are rich in the abundant natural environment of the Musashino region, include a number of areas where visitors can relax, such as a sports area, a play area, and rows of cherry trees. This park is popular as a place for rest and relaxation.

Approximately 5 minutes by bus from Hana-Koganei Station

Akebono Children's Forest Park

  • All year
  • Other

This municipal park was designated by the national government as the "Heisei Memorial Children's Forest Park" in September 1991. This park was opened based on the philosophy of "coexisting with nature, respecting oneself and freedom" that is found in a famous Scandinavian fairy tale. The park features terraced fields, a deck walk, and an event plaza, centered around themed structures such as a waterside cabin and bridge over the river. It is a wonderful location to relax while enjoying nature.

Approximately 20 minutes on foot from Motokaji Station

Musashi-Seki Park

  • All year
  • Other

This beautiful municipal park features at its center Fujimi Pond, which is one of the spring water ponds found on the Musashino Plateau. This vast park covers approximately 46,000 square meters and has many aquatic plants, such as reed, threeleaf arrowhead, and Manchurian wildrice, and groves of wisterias, azaleas, oak, beech, and cherry trees. Visitors can enjoy a wide variety of flowers and greenery throughout all four seasons.

http://www.city.nerima.tokyo.jp/annai/fukei/park/musashi/ (Japanese Website)

Approximately 5 minutes on foot from Higashi-Fushimi Station

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