Mar 13, 2017
Two hours north of Tokyo, in Gyoda City, Saitama Prefecture, the Kodai Hasu no Sato boasts what might be some of the oldest surviving lotus plants in the world. The name, Kodai Hasu, which means "ancient lotus" in Japanese, is rightly coined, as the lotus were grown from seeds that have existed for 1,400 years or more!
It was a miracle that this garden even exists. These precious seeds were found by accident during public works in Showa 46, and planted. When they bloomed, they were unlike any other lotus, instead resembling ancient extinct lotus flowers. Lab testing then discovered the miraculous truth: these seeds are more than 1,400 years old!
Now every year in summer, people flock to this place of marvel to see the one-of-a-kind lotus flowers bloom. Be sure to also check out the museum which provides good information on these ancient lotus plants!
The Kodai Hasu no Sato is a bus ride away from the JR Gyoda Station. Take the Kanko Kyoten Junkan Course bus for ¥100 and stop at Kodai Hasu no Sato.
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