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Japanese pampas grass, a symbol of autumn in Japan nears its peak viewing season
In Japan, when autumn arrives, Japanese pampas grass turns gold and runs rampant in fields and riverbeds allowing you to sense the deepening of autumn.
The Japanese have long had a close relationship with pampas grass. It was used as material to make kayabuki (thatched) roofs and as feed for cattle, making it an important and essential part of everyday life. Because of this there were fields called “kayaba” (pampas grass area) near villiages that were designated for growing pampas grass. These days the kayaba are no longer there, but the tradition of decorating with pampas grass on Jyugoya lives on. Also, it is called one of “the seven grasses of autumn” and is one of the plants representing the autumn season. Spring also has its seven grasses, but they are enjoyed as rice porridge, while autumn’s seven grasses are enjoyed visually through its flowers.
In the past it was loved as an important material for daily life. Today, it is loved as a beautiful plant that reflects the coming of autumn.
Visit the magical Japanese Pampas Grass Field
At the Sengokuhara Japanese Pampas Grass Field in Hakone, beautiful pampas grass spreads over vast grounds. Around November is also the best time to see the autumn colors in the mountains, so you can enjoy the combination of the golden Japanese pampas grass and the beautiful autumn foliage.
In order to prevent other weeds from growing at the Japanese Pampas Grass Field there is a controlled burning and the entire field is burned away every spring. The controlled burning of an expansive area is difficult work, but with the cooperative effort of many community members, the beautiful scenery is maintained.
If you walk along a single path in the field of grass that sways in the gentle autumn breeze, you are sure to be overcome by a nostalgic feeling that will allow you to forget about your busy life. If you get the chance, please make a trip over to the magical Japanese Pampas Grass Field.
・From Hakone-Yumoto Station, take the Hakone Tozan Bus, Togendai Line (Route T); about a 30-minute ride to Sengoku Kogen; the field is near the bus stop
・From Shinjuku Station, take the Odakyu Hakone Expressway Bus to Sengoku Kogen; the field is near the bus stop
・Special Bus Dates of Operation OCTOBER 4th (SAT)~ NOVEMBER 9th (SUN) 2014
※Weekends and holidays only
Fare:Gora Station to Sengoku Kogen (Japanese Pampas Grass Field): ¥560