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Hundreds of Thousands of Safflowers Await In Okegawa 

 

In the first half of the 19th century, the people of Okegawa prospered by using Safflowers to produce dyes.

That is history is conveyed at the Benibana Festival, held each year from the middle to the end of June,

also known as a great time to sightsee this area.
Safflowers, start out as a bright yellow flower, and over time changes to orange and red.
You can enjoy the large 10,000㎡ Safflower fields and pick out their pedals.

Then make things like dyes, medicine, or safflower oil (produced from the seed).
Also, on Saturdays and Sundays, various event are held for your enjoyment.
You can buy things like local gourmet foods and crops, or experience how to make strawberry dye.
There is a free shuttle bus that you can take from the Okugawa station west exit, that convinently comes here.

 

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CHOKOTABI

https://www.pref.saitama.lg.jp/chokotabi-saitama/eng/spot/sp489.html 

Admission Fee

100 yen

(50yen/one safflower)

Best time

Every year in the middle of June

Address

4414, Kawataya, Okegawa-shi, Saitama, 363-0027, Japan 

Map

Google map

Access

Public Transport

From the West Exit of Okegawa Station on the JR Saikyo Line,

take the City Loop Bus (West Loop) and

get off at "Shogai Gakushu Center Iriguchi" or other stops

Car

5 minutes from Okegawa Kitamoto IC on the Ken-O Expressway