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Okegawa Benibana Field (safflower field)

Okegawa is an inn town dyed in red.

Flower

Benibana, the city flower of Okegawa. The production of safflower in Okegawa started when Edo merchants brought the seeds to the city. Since then, Okegawa has prospered as a center of safflower production and an inn town on the Nakasendo highway.

After Yamagata Prefecture's Mogami Benibana, Okegawa's Benibana is known as Okegawa Enji and is the second largest producer in Japan, making it famous throughout the country. Today, the city of Okegawa is developing the city as a symbol of "Benibana. Benibana is planted in the Kawataya area (around the Okegawa City Agricultural Center) and the Kano area (around the Benibana Furusato-kan).

In mid-June, when the flowers are in full bloom, the "Benibana Festival" is held around the Okegawa Agricultural Center. At the "Benibana Picking Garden" near the Agricultural Center, you can see the field of benihana and pick up some to take home. At the Kawataya Lifelong Learning Center, visitors can try their hand at Benibana dyeing. The nearby Benibana Furusato-kan is open all year round and has a restaurant and various hands-on classes. Let's go to Okegawa, which is dotted with spots where you can experience benihana from every angle!

Highlights

  • The name "Okegawa dark red" is well known throughout Japan.
  • Benibana is the symbol of Okegawa City.
  • The "Benibana Festival" is held in mid-June.
  • The Benibana Festival is held in mid-June, and visitors can pick and dye benihana flowers.

Photos

  • Benibana fields spread out all over the place

    Benibana fields spread out all over the place

  • At the Benibana Picking Garden, you can pick your own benibana

    At the Benibana Picking Garden, you can pick your own benibana

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Details

Name in Japanese
桶川べに花畑(桶川市農業センター)
Postal Code
363-0027
Address
4414 Kawataya, Okegawa City, Saitama (Okegawa City Agricultural Center)
Telephone
048-776-8590 (Okegawa City Tourism Association)
Flowering period
Mid-June to early July (flowering period varies depending on weather and temperature)
Entrance fee
Depends on the facility
Access
(1) About 9 minutes by bus from Okegawa Station on the JR Takasaki Line, and about 7 minutes on foot after getting off the bus.
(2) About 3 minutes by car from the Okegawa-Kitamoto Interchange on the Ken-O Expressway.
Official Website
Official Website (Japanese)