Where To See Huge Fields Of Cosmos In Tokyo

If you think that vast fields of blooming wildflowers are something you won’t find in Tokyo…think again! From mid-September to mid-October every year, the lowly cosmos is elevated to extravaganza status at two different gardens, blossoming in snapworthy profusion for about four weeks.

SHOWA KINEN PARK – Tachikawa

As you can see, this is the grand pooh-bah of cosmos extravaganzas

As you can see, this is the grand pooh-bah of cosmos extravaganzas. There are two seriously gigantic fields of these at this park.

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Peak blooming of the pink and purple ones happens from the end of September to the middle of October

 

As you can see, there are about a gazillion different varieties, if you look closely

If you look closely, there are about a gazillion different color variations

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The cosmos season at this park last from mid-September to mid-October, starting with these orange ones (mid- to late-September)

The cosmos season at this park lasts from mid-September to mid-October, starting with these orange and bright yellow ones (mid- to late-September)

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From late September to mid-October, the pink and purple ones take over

From late September to mid-October, the pink and purple ones take over

And at the end (early- to mid-October) this pale yellow and white field comes into bloom

And at the end (early- to mid-October) this pale yellow and white field comes into bloom

This truly enormous park is about an hour from Shinjuku station, but is totally worth the trip during cosmos season. Photos can’t quite capture just how unexpectedly huge these fields are. There’s also a very nice Japanese garden, and the best playgrounds in Tokyo, if you have kids.

Admission: Adults ¥410, Children (6-14) ¥80
Hours: 9:30 – 16:30

Directions & Map

HAMA-RIKYU GARDEN – Tokyo (near Shiodome Station)

This park has a smaller field of cosmos, but it's still lovely, and has more of a color mix

This park has a smaller field of cosmos, but it’s still lovely, and has more of a color mix

From mid- to late-September, the orange ones are in full bloom

From mid- to late-September, the orange ones are in full bloom

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They plant two sections of mixed cosmos at staggered times – one blooms in mid-September, the other in early October

They plant two sections of mixed cosmos – one blooms in mid-September, the other in early October

This large garden is right in central Tokyo, and in addition to the cosmos field, there is a big pond you can walk around, with scenic bridges.

Admission: ¥300
Hours: 9:00 – 17:00
Map

And I know Mt. Fuji isn’t in Tokyo, but it you happen to be going that way…

HANA NO MIYAKO FLOWER PARK

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These cosmos are actually outside the paying part of the flower park! They are just growing along the road, in the fields surrounding it.

Admission: Free
Hours: Never closed

Here's the local area map, or you can search google maps for Hanako Miyako Park

Here’s the local area map, or you can search google maps for Hana no Miyako Park

Jonelle Patrick writes mysteries set in Tokyo.

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