Hydrangea Ajisai Viewing Mini Guide 2016

Hydrangea Season is here!
Rainy season can be a drag – wet shoes, lugging an umbrella around town, being stuck indoors – but it’s not all bad. Beautiful ajisai (hydrangea) are in full bloom during rainy season in Japan. They’re considered the quintessential flower of the season. We’ve selected eight excellent spots in Fukuoka to enjoy ajisai.

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Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Map

Nokonoshima Island Park: June
Catch a ferry to the delightful Noko Island in mid-June to see 1,000 hydrangea plants in bloom at Nokonoshima Island Park. There are free hydrangea-planting workshops on weekends (dates tbc) at the Island Park bus stop; Learn how to grow your own hydrangea from cuttings and take home a mini-pot plant to grow yourself! Check out the hydrangea road which stretches unbroken for 100 m.

• 1,000 plants
• June *Cutting Workshops at Weekends
• Mon. ~ Sat.: 9:00~17:30, Sun.: 9:00~18:30
• Closed: Never
• Adult: ¥1,000, ES & JS: ¥500, KS (3~): ¥300
• Nokonoshima Island Park
Nokonoshima, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
• 092-881-2494
http://nokonoshima.com/

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Uminonakamichi Seaside Park: June ~ Early July
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park is known for its gorgeous seasonal flowers. Visit the “Ajisai Path” located inside the park to see 10,000 hydrangeas, in bloom from the rainy season to the start of summer. At the “Flower Museum”, enjoy summer flowers such as zinnias.

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• 10,000 plants
• Mid June ~ Early July
• 9:30~17:30
• Closed: Never
• Adult: ¥410; 65~: ¥210, ES & JS: ¥80
18-25 Oaza Saitozaki, Higashi-ku
• 092-603-1111
http://www.uminaka.go.jp/Flower_folder/000033.html

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Hakozakigu Shrine: 6/1 ~ 6/30
Hakozakigu Shrine is one of the three major Hachimangu Shrines in Japan, well known for its two popular annual festivals: Tamaseseri and Hojoya. Visit during June to see 3,500 hydrangeas (100 kinds) inside the beautiful grounds of the shrine. Come along at the weekend to see flute and string ensembles performing live classical music.

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• 3,500 plants (100 varieties)
• 6/1 (Wed.) ~ 6/30 (Thu.)
• 9:30~17:00
• Closed: Never
• ¥300
• Hakozakigu Shrine
1-22-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku
• 092-641-7431
http://www.hakozakigu.or.jp/news/25.htm

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Maizuru Park: June~
The landmark Fukuoka Castle Ruins stand in Maizuru Park, which is also famous for its cherry blossoms, plum blossoms and other seasonal flowers. 950 hydrangeas will start blooming in early June, including deep blue varieties. Throughout the year, you can see various different flowers in bloom according to the season, including peonies, wisteria and irises.

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• 950 plants
• June~
• Free
1 Jonai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
• 092-781-2153
http://www.midorimachi.jp/park/season.php?code=302001&plant_id[]=97

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Shiraito: Late June~ July
Shiraito-no-Taki (Shiraito Falls) is 530 m above sea level in the south of Itoshima City. The waterfall itself is 24 m high and 14 m wide, and the spot is extremely popular in the summer. This year the waterfall opens on Jun. 11 (Sat.), with lots of delicious food and somen nagashi (noodle catching – it’s all-you-can-eat!). Here, you’ll see around 5,000 hydrangeas blooming in late June ~ July. On June 26 from midday, there is a special hydrangea event; enjoy mochi maki (rice-cake tossing) and kiribana (cut flowers). Free entry!

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• 5,000 plants
• Late June ~ August
• Late June ~ Mid-July: 9:00~17:00, Mid-July ~ August: 9:00~18:00 (Shiraito-no-taki Fureai-no-sato)
• Free
460-1 Shiraito, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka
• 092-323-2114
http://www.city.itoshima.lg.jp/soshiki/24/shiroito.html

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Senko-ji Temple: 6/4 ~ 6/30
Founded in 1192 by the founder of the Rinzai Buddhist sect, Eisai Zenji, Senkoji Temple is located in Kurume. 7,000 hydrangea shrubs grow on the temple grounds and it is well-known as a hydrangea temple. Don’t miss the Hydrangea Festival which takes place every year in conjunction with the blooming of the hydrangeas.

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• 7,000 plants
• 6/4 (Sat.) ~ 6/30 (Thu.)
• 8:00~18:00
• Closed: Never
• Adult: ¥200, ES & JS: ¥100
• Senko-ji Temple
2287 Yamamotomachi Toyoda, Kurume City
• 0942-44-1434
http://www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/event/?mode=detail&id=400000000400

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Fukuoka City Botanical Garden: Early ~ Mid June
This is the city’s largest botanical gardens and opened in 1980. There are open fields and greenhouses boasting about 3,000 kinds of plants. There are roughly 90 varieties of hydrangea, so it’s an excellent place to compare the various types.

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• 1,000 plants (90 varieties)
• Early ~ Mid June
• 9:00~17:00 (L.I.: ~16:30)
• Closed: Mon. (except if Mon. is a Hol.)
• Adult: ¥600, HS: ¥300, JHS and under & 65 y.o. and over: Free (from Jun. 1, 2016), Residents of Fukuoka City, Kitakyushu City, Kumamoto City and Kagoshima who are 65 y.o. and over: Free
• Fukuoka City Botanical Garden
5-1-1 Ozasa Chuo-ku
• 092-522-3210
http://botanical-garden.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/index.php

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Jorinji Temple: 6/10 ~ 6/16
This temple’s nickname is “Ajisai Temple”, so you won’t be disappointed with the display. The temple boasts 5,000 hydrangeas! The bamboo forest in the background creates a very picturesque background. During this period, you can also view the works of jizo (guardian of travelers and the weak in the Buddhist faith) statue sculptor Shinya Nobuyuki. Enjoy!

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• 5,000 plants
• 6/10 (Fri.) ~ 6/16 (Thu.)
• 10:00~16:00
• Free
• Jorinji Temple
1878 Imayama, Omuta City
• 0944-52-2212 (Omuta Tourist Association)
http://kankou.chikugolife.jp/search/shop/detail.html?id=267

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Remember – this is just the shortlist! There are many more great places to view the quintessential rainy season flower in Fukuoka, so get out there and do some discovering of your own.

Originally written in May 2016.
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NOTE: The information presented here was gathered and summarized by the Fukuoka Now staff. While we have done our best to check for accuracy, there might be errors and details may have changed. If you notice any errors or changes, please contact us. This report was originally written in May 2016.

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