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Nagatoro Hodosan Roubai (wintersweet) Garden

Pretty flowers with a rich fragrance spread all over the mountain tops

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Hodosan Mountain in Nagatoro Town. At the top of the mountain, pretty yellow flowers called "roubai" bloom from late December to late February. The flowers, which endure the harsh cold and bloom with dignity in the early spring sunshine, are very attractive. There are about 800 Roubai (about 3,000 plants) in full bloom in the vast 15,000 square meter parkland at the top of Hodosan Mountain, enveloping the area in a rich sweet fragrance.

Hodosan is 497 meters above sea level. From the summit of Hodosan, you can see the town of Chichibu, the Chichibu mountain range including the symbol of Chichibu, Mount Buko, and the Asama mountain range. This is one of the best locations in the Kanto area. In the early morning from late autumn to early spring, the Chichibu Basin is covered by a sea of clouds, a fantastic sight to behold.

There is a ropeway and a hiking trail to the top of the mountain, and it takes about three hours to go there and back from Nagatoro Station. When the leaves turn red, many people come to enjoy the view from the ropeway. There is Hodosan Shrine at the foot of the mountain and an inner shrine at the top of the mountain, making it a great place to visit as a power spot in Saitama.

Highlights

  • Visitors can enjoy the rich, sweet scent of Roubai.
  • The Hodosan area is one of the most beautiful places in the Kanto region.
  • The mountain is also popular as a power spot.
  • Be aware that temperature changes at the top of the mountain.

Photos

  • Mt. Ryokami seen through the wintersweet

    Mt. Ryokami seen through the wintersweet

  • Chichibu Basin seen from the Roubai garden

    Chichibu Basin seen from the Roubai garden

  • Sometimes a sea of clouds can be seen in the early morning from late autumn to early spring.

    Sometimes a sea of clouds can be seen in the early morning from late autumn to early spring.

Reviews

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  • alim2000

    花季期間還有夜間點燈秀,也可以在山頂上欣賞秩父夜景,纜車也配合開到晚上七點,山頂山氣溫冷到一個不行。

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Details

Name in Japanese
長瀞・宝登山ロウバイ園
Postal Code
369-1305
Address
1766-1 Nagatoro, Nagatoro-cho, Chichibu-gun, Saitama Prefecture (Hodosan Ropeway)
Telephone
0494-66-3421
Opening Hours
<Ropeway Operating Hours> 9:40am-4:00pm
Closed
Open every day
Admission
490 yen (one way), 830 yen (round trip) if using the Hodosan Ropeway
Parking
500 yen
Access
(1) 15 minutes walk from Nagatoro Station of Chichibu Railway and 5 minutes by ropeway.
(2) About 30 minutes drive from Hanazono Interchange on Kanetsu Expressway.
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