Cosmos flowers are the cherry blossoms of fall in Japan, indeed, its name in Kanji is “秋桜” (akizakura), which literally mean autumn cherry blossom. Showa Kinen Park holds an annual “Cosmos Festival” from mid September to early November where cosmos of different colors bloom over the period. Being an avid flower lover, I definitely had to head there to check out the autumn sakura.
The park itself is huge, with so many other things to do and see aside from flower gazing. We saw young lovers rowing boats in a large lake called the Waterfowl Lake, children and adults alike playing under the sun in a spacious field, but of course the highlight of the park for me were the millions of cosmos swaying against the breeze.
The area with the biggest amount of cosmos is the Flower Field, with over 4 million of pink, fuchsia and white cosmos flowers scattered across the plain. At certain angles, it almost seemed like we were out in the wild mountains. Unfortunately, the typhoon has caused quite some damage to the cosmos and some of them lay flat as if trampled by an angry giant, making the field a little sparse at certain areas. Nevertheless, it was still a beautiful sight to behold.
Another smaller area is the East Flower Field, where some 500, 000 yellow cosmos bloom. They are an absolute delight against the glow of the evening sun, dancing like specks of fire.
The Japanese Garden in the park is really impressive as well. Centered around a pond, the traditional Japanese landscaping is exceedingly beautiful against the autumn foliage (though unfortunately, they are still not out in full force), with many lovely traditional structures and pretty stone arrangements around the garden. There is even a turtle islet in the middle of the pond!
My article on Showa Kinen Park and cosmos flowers is also just published! There are many more details in the article about the park, so do check it out and give it a like!
Showa Kinen Park
- Getting there: 10-minute walk from JR Tachikawa Station or Tama Intercity Monorail.
- Opening Hours: March 1 to Oct. 31 9:30 to 17:00; Nov. 1 to the end of Feb. 9:30 to 16:30; Apr. 1 to Sept. 30 on Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays 9:30 to 18:00
- Entrance fee: ¥450