Where to admire hydrangeas in Tokyo?
Where to go to see the flowers of the rainy season?
Emblematic flowers of the rainy season, hydrangeas, or "ajisai " in Japanese, herald the arrival of summer and the end of spring. They delight the eyes and the heart with their purple tones and are the focus of all attention in the month of June on the archipelago. Especially in Tokyo, where several festivals are dedicated to them.
1. Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri (Tokyo)
The Bunkyo Ajisai Matsuri is an unmissable event that welcomes several hundred visitors each year who come to admire the tangy colors of its hydrangeas.
Articulated around the Hakusan shrine and its small garden, the festival sees more than 3,000 flowers bloom to the sound of the neighborhood orchestra. Food and drink stand also accompany the whole thing, to the delight of festival-goers.
Address: 5 Chome-31-26 Hakusan, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 113-0001
Access: in front of Hakusan station (Mita line)
Hours: June 13 to 20, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
2. Toshimaen (Tokyo)
Located northwest of Tokyo, Toshimaen is very popular with Tokyoites.
Built in 1926, the oldest amusement park in the capital now has more than 30 different attractions, as well as a water park that delights children when the good weather returns.
In June, more than 10,000 hydrangeas of 150 different varieties also decorate its paths. Ephemeral beauties that you will have to hurry to admire, since Toshimaen will close its doors for good at the end of the year, before being transformed into a Harry Potter theme park, which is scheduled to open in 2023.
Address: 3Chome-25-1 Koyama, Nerima City, Tokyo 176-0022
Access: 5 min on foot from Toshimaen station (Oedo, Toshima lines)
Hours: 10 am to 4 pm, early to late June
3. Asukayama Park (Tokyo)
Located north of the capital, in the small district of Oj i, Asukayama is a pretty 280-year-old park known for its countless sakura trees. At the end of spring, however, it is for its 15,000 azaleas and 1,300 hydrangeas that attract crowds, with flowers brightening up its playgrounds and three museums.
Address: 1 Chome-1-3 Oji, Kita City, Tokyo 114-0002
Access: 10 min on foot from Oji station (Keihin-Tohoku, Namboku lines)
Hours: end of May to end of June
4. Ueno Park (Tokyo)
Arranged over more than 530,000 m², Ueno Park is commonly visited for its art museums or zoo. However, it is home to several hundred plant varieties, ranging from Japanese apricots to cherry trees, and of course to hydrangeas. If you walk there in June, maybe you will have the chance to enjoy it?
- Read also: The little-known history of Ueno Park
Address: Uenokoen, Taito City, 110-0007 Tokyo
Access: in front of Ueno station (Yamanote, Keihin-Tohoku, Ginza, Hibiya lines)
Opening hours: from 5 am to 11 pm, the hydrangeas are visible from the end of May until the end of June
5. Takahata (Hino) Temple
A stone's throw from Tokyo, in the suburb of Hino, the Takahata Fudoson Kongoji temple seduces flower lovers every year.
At the foot of the mountain which has welcomed it since 1342, the temple is adorned with a multitude of hydrangeas when the month of June arrives! A cluster of shimmering colors, whose purple, pink, and purple tones keep company with the 88 small jizô that line the place of worship.
Address: 733 Takahata, Hino, Tokyo191-0031
Access: 5 min on foot from the Takahatafudô monorail station (Keio line)
Opening hours: from 01 to 30 June
6. Hattori Hydrangea Farm (Chiba)
Responding to the name of Hattori noen Ajisai yashiki in Japanese, this somewhat special farm has hosted a lovely hydrangea festival since the 1900s.
Every year in June, more than 300 varieties of Ajisai are displayed for all to see. A labyrinth of flowers, a small neighboring hill, and winding paths, the farm offers a unique experience on the outskirts of Tokyo. An experiment which, there is no doubt, will reward seasoned walkers in the rainy season.
Address: 719 Sangaya, Mobara, Chiba297-0042
Access: one hr by car from Tokyo Station
Opening hours: every day from 8 am to 6 pm, from June 1 to July 1.
Price: adult 500 yen ($4.25/4€), child 200 yen ($1.75/1.50€)
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