The most spectacular flower in Japan is not the cherry blossom. If you prefer pale pink froth, that's OK, but I'd rather* indulge in red-hot fiery passion. Look at this!
The flower is the higanbana (red spider lily), which blooms around the autumn equinox, and the best viewing spot near Tokyo is Kinchakuda (巾着田) in Saitama. The flowers are currently in full bloom (link), and you'll be able to enjoy it for the next week to ten days.
Kinchakuda requires a bit of a trek, but it's worth it. Take an express train on the Seibu Ikebukuro Line from Ikebukuro Station. Change to a local train at Hannō Station, and get off two stops later at Koma Station. It takes just over an hour in total.
The park is 15 minutes on foot from the station. There aren't any English signs, but don't worry: just follow the backpacking old-timers or use Google Maps. I've drawn a map for you. It's not the shortest or most interesting route, but it's the easiest. I still can't figure out how to embed my own Google maps, but you can look at it here, and here's a screenshot:
I'm not going to write about the flower again, since I've done it several times in the past. This is simply a short reminder that your best time to enjoy this red explosion is right now.
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* I reserve the right to change my mind in April 2014.
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