5 hydrangeas viewing spots around the Tokyo area
June every year in Japan is the weather with a lot of rain, so it is called the rainy season (tsuyu). Due to the high temperature and humidity, tourists who are not used to this weather may find it unsuitable for travel.
However, the rainy season has unique attractions and experiences only available in the rainy season. One of those spots is “watching hydrangeas”. Hydrangea is an idyllic and bright Japanese flower that only blooms this season.
1.Bunkyo District “Hakusan Shrine, Hakusan Park”
When the rainy season comes, the Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival is held from the grounds of Hakusan Shrine, one of the famous hydrangea viewing spots in Tokyo, extending to Hakusan Park. There are about 3,000 hydrangeas in bloom, creating a colorful festival.
During this time, there are many events held on Saturdays and Sundays, so it attracts a lot of tourists here. The time of the event is from the 10th to the 20th of each year, details vary from year to year. Please look up information on the Bunkyo prefecture homepage.
2.Kamakura “Meigetsuin, Hasedera, Joujuin”
Kamakura City, Kanagawa Prefecture is one of the famous hydrangea viewing spots in Japan. Especially Meigetsuin, Hasedera, and Joujuin are known as "the three hydrangeas viewing places of Kamakura", famous for their hydrangea blooming in an entire area.
In Kamakura, you can see hydrangeas everywhere in the city in addition to the points mentioned above. This time is the best season to travel to Kamakura.
3.Chiyoda District “The East Garden of the Imperial Palace”
In the area of the royal palace, where there are many tourists to visit, there is also a famous hydrangea viewing spot. This is called the "Eastern Garden of the Imperial Palace", this is a park with the focus on the old Edo period stronghold located on the east side of the imperial palace.
The east garden of the palace is a famous place where you can see flowers in four seasons, not only hydrangeas. Would you like to try walking with a little nostalgia on a rainy day in this historic space? Flower viewing time is from early June to mid-July.
4.Taito District “Choukokuji”
Choukokuji is located in Asakusa, Taito prefecture, where the "Ikiiki Asakusa Hydrangea Festival" is held every year during the rainy season.
In 2015 there is also “Ajisai Zukan” which is a special stall where you can view 100 kinds of hydrangeas simultaneously, there is also a shop where you can buy flowers to take home and a Japanese festival stall.
The nearest station is not Asakusa station but Minowa station or Iriya station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya line, so please take note. The time of 2016 is 2 days, June 18 from 12:00 ~ 17:00 and June 19 from 10:00 to 17:00.
5.Chuo District “Hamarikyu Garden”
Located right next to the Tsukiji fish market, which is especially popular with tourists, there is also a place to watch hydrangeas. It was the Hamarikyu garden.
In the garden at this time, in addition to hydrangeas, there are 1,000 irises in bloom. After you enjoy the fresh seafood specialties at Tsukiji fish market, try walking around this garden to see the hydrangeas. Flower viewing time is from mid-June to late-June.
The more it rains, the more beautiful the hydrangea is. Please enjoy the 4 seasons and nature of Japan.
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