Higanbana blooms in September
Higanbana, or Spider Lily, is a seasonal flower that tells the arrival of Autumn. Higanbana usually begins blooming in the middle of September, around the equinoctial week called Higan or O-Higan.
Higanbana blooms around the O-Higan period
O-Higan is an observance to give thanks to origins and nature. O-Higan is a period of 7days includes 3 days before and after the day of Autumnal Equinox Day. During the O-Higan period, people visit the family grave at the cemetery to remember their past family members and gratitude their ancestors.
Since it blooms around O-Higan period, this flower is called Higanbana (Higan flower) and is also called Manjushage or Manjusaka, meaning “the flower blooming in heaven” in Sanskrit. Higanbana is associated with Buddhism and the flowers are often seen at temples or Japanese gardens.
The root of Higanbana is toxic. They are often grown at places surrounding rice fields and along riversides to drive out moles or rats.
Gardens and Parks in Tokyo with Higanbana flowers
Kasai Rinkaikoen Park 葛西臨海公園(Admission Free for Park)
1-min walk from Kasairinkaikoen Station on the JR Keiyo Line
Kyu-Shibarikyu Garden 旧芝離宮恩賜庭園
1-min walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station
Hamarikyu Garden 浜離宮恩賜庭園
15-min walk from JR Hamamatsucho Station
Koishikawa Korakuen 小石川後楽園
8-min walk from JR Iidabashi Station
Hibiya Park 日比谷公園 (Admission Free)
8-min walk from JR Yurakucho Station
Shouwakinen Park 国営昭和記念公園
Tachikawa and Akishima City, Tokyo
10-min walk from JR Tachikawa Station
Related info website
Info by Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association
Let's Enjoy Tokyo (Japanese website)