Japan’s beautiful cherry blossoms are adored by people worldwide and signify the arrival of Spring. But when autumn beckons, the Japanese people are treated to a lesser-known but equally spectacular sight — the crimson red blooms of the Manjushage.
In bold red hues with curled petals and delicate stamens that reach out towards the sky, the Manjushage, more commonly known as red spider lilies, is symbolic of autumn in Japan. And, the best place in Japan to admire these in their full glory is in Kinchakuda Manjushage Park in Saitama Prefecture.
Located just north of Tokyo, Saitama is only a convenient 30-minute train ride away and would make a perfect place for a unique day trip.
Get lost in magical red fields
As summer bids goodbye and the weather cools down, more than five million pretty red spider lilies start to bloom in Kinchakuda Manjushage Park. Pretty is an understatement. These wispy delicate flowers in varying shades of coral red cover the forest floor like a magnificent red carpet that stretches endlessly. Words cannot explain its beauty so let this video captured by Saitama Prefecture Tourism take your breath away.
The splendid red spider lilies bloom only once a year for a short period of two weeks, from the middle of September to the beginning of October. This is the time when visitors flock to Saitama to catch a glimpse of this phenomenal artwork of nature.
Perched elegantly on slender naked stems, they seem to pop up almost mysteriously from the ground as there is no foliage for weeks before the blooms. Yes, the flowers and the leaves do not appear at the same time. As if by magic, beautiful red flowers sprout and brilliantly transform an ordinary green forest into dazzling fields of red. What a resplendent welcome into autumn!