In the summer the endless rainy days always make people feel sad and gloomy during the rainy season. But do you know that the rainy season is just the beginning of the flower season!? Hydrangeas (Japanese: あじさい). The seasons of June and July each year are the seasons of the blooming hydrangea. The charming hydrangea that looks like a ball of fluff bloom all over Japan. Blue, pink, and white adorned summer flowers fill the lovely, rainy days. The season isn’t quite as bad as it seems. This article will introduce you to seven popular spots around the country for viewing Hydrangeas. This year, when you visit Japan be sure to enjoy the hydrangeas and cure those rainy blues.
Hakusan Shrine (Tokyo)
Hakusan Shrine is located in the Bunkyo area near Tokyo University. It is adjacent to Hakusan Park. There are around 3,000 hydrangeas here to see and the Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival is held around June every year. During the Hydrangea Festival, in addition to flower viewing, there are also food street vendors and shrines to check out on the shopping street. In addition, the Kami worshiped at the Hakusan Shrine is also the god of the teeth. According to legend, this Kami can protect the health of your teeth!
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Address: 5-31-26, Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Mita Line, Hakusan Station, 3-minute walk,
Namboku Line, Beneda Station, 5-minute walk
Website: Hakusan Shrine (Japanese)
The Hase-dera Temple in Kamakura is one of Japan’s most beautiful Hydrangea hot-spots. A total of 40 different species have been planted in the territory and there are 2,500 or so hydrangeas. When the rainy season begins, the slopes on the side of the temple will be opened. The beautiful and lovely hydrangea will fill the ancient temple grounds. Hase-dera Temple’s hydrangea are rich in colors like blue, purple, red and pink. The color of hydrangea will change the shade according to the weather due to humidity. Every day, a different beautiful scene will exist!
As you climb the front steps of the temple, you’ll have a chance to overlook the southern coast of Hunan and the Sea. The beautiful scenery here always attracts a large number of visitors each year.
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Address: 3-11-2, Nagaya, Kamakura, Kanagawa Prefecture
Directions: Enoshima Electric Station Nagaya Station 5-minute walk
March to September 8:00 am to 5:00 pm
October to February 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
Cost: Adult 300 yen, Child 100 yen
Website:Kamakura Nagakuji (Japanese)
Meigetsuin is a temple that was built by the Rinzai Buddhist sect in Kamakura. On both sides of the steps leading to the temple there are many hydrangeas. Every summer, blue flowers of varying shades bloom along the path. Soft blue flowers not only make people feel calm, but also make the temple seem quiet and peaceful, it can be hard to make the full walk because of the utter beauty.
Wandering on the path full of hydrangea, surrounded by a variety of shades of soft blue, people feel very relaxed and calm.
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Address: Kamakurayama Noriyoshi 189, Kanagawa Prefecture
Route: JR Kitakami Kamakura Station 10-minute walk
9:00 am to 4:00 pm
* June 8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Cost: 300 yen
* 500 yen for June
Website: Meigetsuin (Japanese)
Hakone Tozan Railway “Yoshinobu Haneda” (Kanagawa)
The Hakone Tozan Tram Railway runs from Hakone-Yumoto Station to the Junction Terminal Station. There are about 10,000 Hydrangeas along the railway. The colors are beautiful shades of blue and pink. In the season when the hibiscus blooms, the Hakone Railway will launch a temporary train that is limited during this period: “The Purple Night Flower” (Japanese: 夜あじさい号). On this train, visitors can enjoy the flowers while riding along the tracks. When the train passes by, the green of the leaves, the blue and pink of the flowers, and the red of the train contrast to create beautiful look. All vehicles at night have only reserved seats available; travelers who want to ride must remember to make an reservation first.
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Hakone Tozan Train
Address: Yumoto 707 , Hakone-machi, Ashigarashimo-gun, Kanagawa Prefecture
Time: 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Cost: Adult 310 yen, Children 160 yen
Website: Hakone Tozan Train (Japanese)
Sannomiya Shrine (Uji)
Kyoto Uji’s Sancho family is one of the famous Hydrangeas in the Kansai area. There are approximately 12,000 inhabitants in the area, and there are more than 50 varieties of Hydrangea. Every year in June, the whole hillside will be full of pink hydrangea, and the green hillside will be decorated with pink, pink and purple flowers. With the three-room household mountain gate, the picture is beautiful and people can not help but immerse themselves in it.
The clusters of round, impetuous asters are very cute no matter how they are seen, and the colors and shades are not the same, making people never get tired of it. In the temple, there is a defensive and painted horse that is sold in combination with the image of Hydrangea. The royal defensive lined with pink petals can not help but want to collect! In addition, the Flower Tea House in the temple sells Hydrangea Sundae. It is highly recommended to taste it!
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Sannomiya Station 15-minute walk from
JR Uji Station Bus or taxi
* There will be a temporary direct bus between JR Ujiki and Keihan Uji Station during the blooming season.
April to October 8:30 am to 4:30 pm
November to March 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: Adult 500 yen, Child 300 yen
Website: Sannomiya Temple (Japanese)
Yata-dera Temple (Nara)
The Yata Temple is another place famous for Hydrangea in the Kansai region. Here you’ll find about 60 species and 10,000 hydrangeas in the territory. On both sides of the stairs to the temple it is planted with lush hydrangea. Both shades of the flower exist here, round, and heart-shaped, they are very beautiful. The sight of the flowers makes climbing the stairs a breezes! Yata Dera’s Hydrangea are very lush and even surround the statues on the roadside.
Yata-dera Temple also has a special place called “Hydranged Flower Garden”. It has a large area with a hydrangea trail and an observatory. It is a place where people can relax, take a stroll and take beautiful pictures.
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Address: Yata-cho, Yamato, Yamato-gun, Nara Prefecture 3549
Take a bus to Kintetsu-gun to Yata-dera Temple.
* There will be a temporary direct bus to Kori-Koriyama Station and JR Horyu-ji Station.
Fees: Adult 500 yen, Child 200 yen
Website: Yata-dera Temple (Japanese)
Huis Ten Bosch (Nagasaki)
photo credit: Huis Ten Bosch Web
Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki (Japanese: ハウステンボス) is another location that has beautiful hydrangea to admire. Huis Ten Bosch has a completely different atmosphere than other hydrangea attractions in Japan. It is full of exotic elements, shrines, brick walkways, and stone bridges. There are as many as 1,100 varieties of Hydrangeas here. Huis Ten Bosch has become known as the most popular hydrangea spot in Japan. Even more special is that there is a touching love story behind the blooming hydrangea! In the past, a foreign doctor came to Japan because of his interest in Asian culture and practiced medicine in the Dutch Chamber of Commerce. Soon after, the doctor met a woman in Nagasaki. A short while after the two lovers had met, the doctor was deported. The doctor returned to Japan 30 years later, and even miraculously reunited with his lover before the hydrangea.
In addition, many activities related to hydrangea are also held in the Huis Ten Bosch Park, such as tea-making, flower arrangement and flower-picking. If you want to participate in a different type of flower experience in Japan , it is highly recommended to come and walk here!
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Huis Ten Bosch
Address: 1-1, Huistenbao-cho, Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki Prefecture: 5-minute walk from JR Huis Ten Bosch Station
Time: 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM
Fees: Adults 6,900 yen, Junior high school students, High school students 5,900 yen, Primary schoolchildren 4,500 yen, Senior citizens 6,400 yen
* (including entrance fee and toll facility fee)
Website: Huis Ten Bosch (Japanese)