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, with its colors popular even for dried press flowers. We’ve selected eight excellent spots in Fukuoka to enjoy ajisai.
Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Map
Nokonoshima Island Park: June
Catch a 10-minute ferry from Meinohama to the delightful Noko Island in mid-June to see 1,000 hydrangea plants in bloom at Nokonoshima Island Park. Some varieties grow as tall as a person! Check out the hydrangea road which stretches unbroken for 100 m. Hydrangea cutting workshops on weekends, too!
• 1,000 plants (more than 10 varieties)
• June *cutting workshops at weekends
• Mon. ~ Sat.: 9:00~17:30, Sun.: 9:00~18:30
• Closed: Never
• Adult: ¥1,200, ES & JS: ¥600, KS (3~): ¥400
• Nokonoshima Island Park
• Nokonoshima, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park: June ~ Early July
Uminonakamichi Seaside Park is known not only for its gorgeous seasonal flowers, but also its facilities such as hotel, aquarium, zoo, and more in its approximately 290ha area. Perfect for spending an entire day with the family! Visit the “Ajisai Path” located inside the park to see 10,000 hydrangeas, in bloom from the rainy season to the start of summer. Rain lilies and water lilies also in season!
• 10,000 plants (40 varieties)
• Mid June ~ early July
• Closed: Never
• Adult: ¥410; 65~: ¥210, ES & JS: ¥80
• 18-25 Oaza Saitozaki, Higashi-ku
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. Flute and string ensembles performing live classical music on June 4, 10, 17, and 18, too.
• 3,500 plants (100 varieties)
• 6/1 (Thu.) ~ 6/30 (Fri.)
• Closed: Never
• Hakozakigu Shrine
• 1-22-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku
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.
• 950 plants
• 1 Jonai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
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 25, visitors get mochi maki (rice-cake tossing) and kiribana (cut flowers) as presents. Free entry!
• 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)
• 460-1 Shiraito, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka
Senko-ji Temple: 6/6 ~ 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.
• 7,000 plants
• 6/6 (Tue.) ~ 6/30 (Fri.)
• Closed: Never
• Adult: ¥300, ES & JS: ¥100
• Senko-ji Temple
• 2287 Yamamotomachi Toyoda, Kurume City
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.
• 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
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. Updated June 2017.
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