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Fukuoka Hydrangea Guide 2024

Hydrangeas, which beautifully brighten the rainy season, are native to Japan and known by their scientific name meaning “water vessel.” These flowers come in a variety of species, with their colors changing and deepening as they age, earning them the nickname “seven transformations.” The Japanese hydrangea (Gaku Ajisai) was refined in the West to create the Western hydrangea (Hon Ajisai), characterized by its round, ball-shaped flowers, which have now become the standard. A unique and popular feature of hydrangeas is their ability to change color based on soil acidity.

This season ushers in a diverse array of hydrangeas, from delicate varieties to those with blooms larger than a person’s face, as well as types prized for their antique hues and popularity as dried flowers. In Fukuoka, hydrangeas have just begun to show their colors, with many locations expected to reach their peak bloom in early June.
▷Fukuoka Hydrangea Guide 2024 Google Map

Edagawachi Hydrangea Land, 枝川内あじさいランド

Hydrangea Viewing Spots near Fukuoka City
Fukuoka City (5)
Itoshima City (1)
Chikushino City (1)
Dazaifu City (1)
Kasuya-gun (2)
Kurume City (1)
Kitakyushu City (1)
Nogata City (2)
Tagawa-gun (1)
Buzen City (1)
Karatsu City, Saga (1)

Fukuoka City

Hakozaki Shrine

Hakozaki Shrine, with its impressive 1-kilometer-long approach extending straight from Hakata Bay to the main hall, is a remarkable sight. In honor of the Heisei Era Grand Ceremony, an approximately 1,700-tsubo (5,600 square meters) hydrangea garden was created in the western part of the shrine grounds. Here, you can enjoy viewing around 100 varieties and 3,500 hydrangea plants against the backdrop of the main hall. Additionally, during the hydrangea blooming season, the flower garden located midway along the approach becomes a spectacle with approximately 30 varieties and 5,000 lilies in full bloom.

Hakozaki Shrine Hydrangea Garden, 筥崎宮のあじさい苑

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

• Approx. 3,500 plants (approx. 100 varieties)
• Open: 6/1 (Sat.) ~ 6/30 (Sun.)
• 9:30~17:00 (last entry 16:30)
• Hydrangea viewing ¥300, flower garden ¥200
1-22-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka
https://www.hakozakigu.or.jp/hanameguri/#hana2

Maizuru Park

At Maizuru Park, famous for its cherry blossoms, you can enjoy seasonal flowers such as plum, Chinese peony, wisteria, and peony throughout the year. From late May, hydrangeas begin to bloom. The best spots for viewing hydrangeas are behind the Fukuoka Art Museum, at the entrance of the peony and Chinese peony garden, and around the Shiomi Turret along Meiji-dori. During this same period, you can also enjoy water lilies and irises near the pond by Gokoku Shrine.

Maizuru Park, 舞鶴公園

• Approx. 2,500 plants
• Season: Early Jun. ~ late Jun.
• Free entry
1 Jonai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka (Maizuru Park PDF map)
https://www.midorimachi.jp/maiduru/

Nokonoshima Island Park

Just a 10-minute ferry ride from Meinohama Ferry Terminal lies Nokonoshima, an island about 12 kilometers in circumference, floating in Hakata Bay. At Nokonoshima Island Park, visitors can enjoy a stunning variety of seasonal flowers on a grand scale. From early to late June, around 1,000 hydrangea plants reach their peak bloom. The park features a 100-meter-long “Hydrangea Path,” where white, purple, and blue hydrangeas bloom beautifully. Taking photos with the colorful umbrellas provided for free rental is also a popular activity.

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

• Approx. 1,000 plants (approx. 20 varieties)
• Season: Early Jun. ~ late Jun.
• 9:00~17:30, Sun. & hol.: 9:00~18:30
• Closed: Never
• Admission fee: ¥1,500, ES & JHS: ¥800, 3 y.o. and over: ¥500
Nokonoshima, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
http://nokonoshima.com/en/

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

Within the expansive 350 ha national park, you’ll find forests, ponds, open spaces, and pools. The beautifully maintained grounds offer a chance to enjoy seasonal trees and flowers throughout the year. Exploring the vast park by rental bicycle is highly recommended. Near JR Uminonakamichi Station, a hydrangea path stretches out, featuring about 1,000 hydrangea plants nestled among the pine trees.

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, 国営海の中道海浜公園

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park, 国営海の中道海浜公園

• Approx. 1,000 plants (approx. 30 varieties)
• Season: Early Jun. ~ late Jun.
• 9:30~17:30 (last entry 16:30)
• Closed: Tue. during 6/4 (Tue.) ~ 7/16 (Tue.)
• Admission fee: ¥450, 65 y.o. and over: ¥210, free for JHS and under
18-25 Saitozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka
https://uminaka-park.jp/enjoy_flower/four-seasons/Hydrangea.html

Fukuoka City Botanical Garden

Situated on gently rolling hills spanning approximately 28 ha, Fukuoka City Botanical Garden is located within Minami Park. The expansive garden allows visitors to enjoy nearly 2,600 species of plants and provides easy access to the adjacent zoo. In June, around 80 varieties of hydrangeas can be admired throughout the garden. A significant number of hydrangeas are cultivated in the Flower Garden C, near the flower beds and rose garden. Additionally, the garden features a two-story, 2,800 square meter greenhouse, showcasing succulents, orchids, and other plants, allowing for leisurely plant observation even on rainy days.

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

• Approx. 1,000 plants (approx. 80 varieties)
• Season: Late May ~ mid-Jun.
• 9:00~17:00 (last entry 16:30)
• Closed: Mon. (open if Mon. is a hol. and closed the next day)
• Admission fee: ¥600, HS ¥300, free for JHS and under
5-1-1 Ozasa, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka (park map)
https://botanical-garden.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/plants/detail/45#detail_top

Itoshima City

Shiraito Falls

Shiraito Falls, a scenic spot in Itoshima, is situated on the mid-slope of Mt. Hagane at an elevation of 900 meters. In summer, many people visit seeking relief from the heat. Around the 24-meter-high waterfall, approximately 5,000 hydrangea plants bloom beautifully, showered by the mist from the falls. On Sunday, June 30, the Hydrangea Festival will be held, featuring mochi tossing and cut flower giveaways starting at 11 a.m.

Shiraito Falls, 白糸の滝

(一社)糸島市観光協会

• Approx. 5,000 plants
• Season: Mid-Jun. ~ late Jul.
• Hydrangea Festival: 6/30 (Sun.) 11:00~ (finishes when all cut flowers are gone)
• Free entry
460-6 Shiraito, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
https://shiraitonotaki.jp/

Chikushino City

Tenpai Park Hydrangea Garden

Centered around Buzoji Temple, said to be the oldest temple in Kyushu, this natural park is located at the foot of Mt. Tenpai. Known for its azaleas, the park also offers a variety of seasonal flowers such as cherry blossoms, wisteria, and maple leaves. Within the park, there is a 300-square-meter hydrangea garden, where you can enjoy around 30 varieties and 900 hydrangea plants cultivated by local residents.

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023Photo from Chikushino City Tourism Organization

• Approx. 900 plants
• Season: Early Jun. ~ late Jun.
• Free entry
629-1 Musashi, Chikushino City, Fukuoka
https://www.chikushino.org/sightseeing/#item13

Dazaifu City

Dazaifu Tenmangu

Dazaifu Tenmangu, dedicated to the god of learning, boasts beautifully maintained and lush grounds. Seasonal flowers, including plum blossoms, irises in various colors, and hydrangeas, bloom throughout the year. The hydrangeas that brighten the rainy season have long been cherished as one of Dazaifu Tenmangu’s seasonal flowers. The contrast between the irises reflected on the surface of Iris Pond and the hydrangeas is particularly striking, especially on rainy days. A charming early summer tradition is the “Hana Chōzu,” where colorful hydrangeas float in the shrine’s purification basin.

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

• Season: Late May. ~ early Jul.
• Free entry
4-7-1 Saifu, Dazaifu City, Fukuoka
https://www.dazaifutenmangu.or.jp/en/

Kyushu Live – Dazaifu Tenmangu Art Tour (June. 2021)
Report from the site on the art on display in the precincts of the shrine and the hydrangea and flower hand-watering!

 

Kasuya-gun

Nomiyama Kannonji Temple

Nomiyama Kannonji Temple, affectionately known as “Nomiyama-san,” attracts over one million visitors annually. From mid-June to early July, around 2,000 hydrangea plants on the temple grounds reach their peak bloom. Visitors can enjoy the stunning contrast between the vibrant blue hydrangeas and the surrounding green cedar and fresh green maple leaves. From June 22 to June 30, 2024, the Kannon Market will be held, featuring gourmet foods such as yakisoba, curry, and hot dogs, as well as flower seedlings for sale near the parking area.

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

• Approx. 2,000 plants
• Season: Mid-Jun. ~ early Jul.
• 9:00~17:00
• Kannon Market: 6/22 (Sat.) ~ 6/30 (Sun.)
• Free entry
227-4 Haginou, Sasaguri-machi, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka (temple map)
https://www.nomiyamakannonji.com/index.html

Sarayama Park

Located on the slopes of Mt. Wakasugi, known for its stunning night views of Fukuoka City and Hakata Bay, Sarayama Park offers a spectacular floral display. Approximately 30,000 azaleas and 2,000 hydrangeas come into full bloom here from early June through early July.

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

• Approx. 2,000 plants
• Season: Early Jun. ~ early Jul.
• Free entry
Kamisue, Sue-machi, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka (park map)
https://www.town.sue.fukuoka.jp/kanko_bunka_sports/kanko_tokusan/4571.html

Kurume City

Senkoji Temple

Senkoji Temple, located in Kurume, was established in 1192 by Eisai Zenji, the founder of the Rinzai Buddhist sect. The temple has earned the moniker “hydrangea temple” due to the 7,000 hydrangea plants thriving within its grounds.

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

• Approx. 7,000 plants
• Season: Early Jun. ~ late Jun.
• 8:00~18:00
• Hydrangea Festival: 6/1 (Sat.) ~ 6/30 (Sun.) *changes depending on blooming conditions.
• Admission fee (only during the Hydrangea Festival): ¥300, free for JHS and under
2287 Yamamoto-machi Toyoda, Kurume City, Fukuoka
https://buff.ly/4bqxrnY

Korasan Hydrangea Garden

Kora Taisha, with Kyushu’s largest shrine building, is located at the westernmost end of the Mino Mountain Range on Mount Kora (elevation 312 meters). About a 5-minute walk down the approach from the former chief priest’s residence, situated midway up the mountain, you’ll find a hydrangea garden. Since 2000, ongoing tree planting has resulted in approximately 4,000 hydrangea plants blooming on a spacious 3,000-square-meter area, sheltered by the surrounding trees. On June 9, the Hydrangea Festival will be held, featuring taiko drum performances and food stalls.

Korasan Hydrangea Garden, 高良山あじさい園

• Approx. 4,000 plants
• Season: Early Jun.
• Free entry
• Hydrangea Festival: 6/9 (Sun.) 10:00~14:00
1 Mii-machi, Kurume City, Fukuoka
http://www.kourataisya.or.jp/hanagoyomi/summer

Kitakyushu City

Takatoyama Park

Takatoyama Park, renowned as one of the prime locations to view hydrangeas in Fukuoka Prefecture, showcases more than 70,000 vibrant hydrangeas in full bloom during the rainy season. The observation deck and mountain path are enveloped by these stunning flowers.

From late May to early June, you’ll find ‘mountain hydrangeas,’ which naturally grow in Japan’s mountains and streams, in their prime. Following these, ‘western hydrangeas’ reach their peak from mid-June.

The ‘Wakamatsu Hydrangea Festival’ is scheduled for May 26th, June 2nd, 9th, and 16th. Additionally, on June 9th, coinciding with the Western hydrangea season, a free shuttle bus will operate between Wakamatsu Watarijo and Wakamatsu Station to the top of Mt. Takatoyama.

Takatoyama Park, 高塔山公園

Takatoyama Park, 高塔山公園

• Approx. 74,500 plants
• Season: Late May. ~ early Jun: mountain hydrangea / mid-June: western hydrangea
• Wakamatsu Hydrangea Festival: 5/26 (Sun.), 6/2 (Sun.) 10:00~15:00 (sub-event), 6/9 (Sun.), 6/16 (Sun.) 10:00~16:00 (main-event)
• Free entry
Sutara, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu City, Fukuoka
https://www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/wakamatsu/w4100054.html

Nogata City

Mototori Hydrangea Garden

Approximately 4,000 hydrangea plants bloom on the slopes of Kongosan. The restoration of this once-abandoned satoyama, which had been neglected for half a century, began when local residents planted hydrangeas to revive the landscape. Today, around 4,000 hydrangea plants attract many visitors from afar. To support the maintenance and management of the hydrangea garden, an entrance fee of ¥200 per vehicle is required for those arriving by car.

Mototori Hydrangea Garden, もととりあじさい園

Mototori Hydrangea Garden, もととりあじさい園

• Approx. 4,000 plants
• Open: 6/1 (Sat.) ~ 6/23 (Sun.)
• 9:00~17:00
• Hydrangea Garden Maintenance Cooperation Fee: ¥200/car
4200-13, Kamitonno, Nogata City, Fukuoka
https://nogata-kankoh.com/hangout/657.html

Tagawa-gun

Kanayama Hydrangea Garden

Situated near the Karasuo Tunnel, the Kanayama Hydrangea Garden covers an area of 5,000 square meters. This garden, meticulously maintained by local volunteers, provides free admission to its visitors. Here, a variety of vibrantly colored hydrangeas create a harmonious landscape, offering a stunning visual experience for all who visit.

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2023 / 紫陽花ガイド 2023

• Approx. 7,000 plants (15 varieties)
• Season: Early Jun. ~ early Jul.
• Free entry
244 Itoda-machi, Tagawa-gun, Fukuoka
https://bit.ly/3Mymg2s

Buzen City

Edagawachi Hydrangea Land

With the motto “A Small Village’s Big Challenge, Japan’s Number One Hydrangea Land,” local residents plant hydrangeas every year. Now, around 16,000 hydrangea plants bloom along the rice field paths and farm roads. Many visitors come to see the hydrangeas in full bloom against the backdrop of the rice paddies. During the weekends of the “Edagawachi Hydrangea Festival,” which is held to coincide with the peak bloom, local specialties such as sweet corn and rice are sold.

Edagawachi Hydrangea Land, 枝川内あじさいランド

Edagawachi Hydrangea Land, 枝川内あじさいランド

• Approx. 16,000 plants
• Season: Mid-Jun.
• Free entry
• Hydrangea Festival: 6/9 (Sun.) ~ 6/23 (Sun.) 9:00~16:00
Edagawachi Area, Iwaya, Buzen City, Fukuoka
http://www.buzen-kk.jp/nature_ajisai.html

Karatsu City, Saga

Mikaeri no Taki Falls

Mikaeri no Taki Falls in Karatsu, boasting one of the largest drops in Kyushu and selected as one of Japan’s Top 100 Waterfalls, plunges with a thunderous roar. The surrounding area features well-maintained walking paths, allowing visitors to explore along suspension bridges and mountain streams. The 1.4-kilometer-long walking path is adorned with around 40,000 hydrangea plants of approximately 50 varieties, all planted by local residents. The waterfall is also illuminated (from May to September, 19:20~22:00), and during the festival period when the hydrangeas are in full bloom, the area bustles with many visitors.

Mikaeri No Taki Falls, 見帰りの滝

• Approx. 40,000 plants (approx. 50 varieties)
• Season: Mid-Jun.
• Hydrangea Festival: 6/5 (Wed.) ~ 6/25 (Tue.)
• Free entry
Ikisa, Ouchimachi, Karatsu City, Saga
https://www.karatsu-kankou.jp/spots/detail/33/


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Published: May 21, 2024 / Last Updated: May 21, 2024

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