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Fukuoka Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2022

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), meaning “water vessel”, are in full bloom during the rainy season in Japan, where they originated. They’re considered the quintessential flower of the season, with their gradually changing colors earning them the nickname shichihenge (various changes) and making them popular as dried press flowers as well. We’ve selected fifteen excellent spots in Fukuoka and Kyushu to enjoy ajisai.

Photo: Dazaifu Tenmangu

Hydrangea Viewing Spots near Fukuoka City
Fukuoka City (6)
Itoshima City (1)
Dazaifu City (1)
Kurume City (1)
Kitakyushu City (1)
Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka (2)
Tagawa-gun, Fukuoka (1)
Karatsu City, Fukuoka (1)
Sasebo City, Fukuoka (1)

Fukuoka City

Hakozaki Shrine

This year’s festival at Hakozaki Shrine promises 3,500 ajisai flowers of over 100 different kinds – a summer scene you definitely don’t want to miss! Hydrangea soft-serve ice cream (¥350) will also be available for a limited time at the adjacent open terrace cafe.

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

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

• 3,500 plants (100 varieties)
• 6/1 (Wed.) ~ 6/30 (Thu.)
• 9:30~17:00 (last entry 16:30)
• Closed: Never
• Hydrangea viewing: ¥300, flower garden (lilies): ¥200
1-22-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka
092-641-7431
https://www.hakozakigu.or.jp/hanameguri/#hana2

Maizuru Park

The landmark Fukuoka Castle Ruins stand in Maizuru Park, which is also famous for its cherry blossoms, plum blossoms and other seasonal flowers. In June and July, deep blue varieties of hydrangeas can be seen in several areas including the woods behind Fukuoka Art Museum, the peony garden, and in front of the Otemon area from Meiji-dori Ave. They bloom along the border of Ohori Park, too. Drop by the nearby Gokoku Shrine to see yellow water lilies, which bloom during the same period.

Photo: Maizuru Park

• 2,500 plants (various varieties)
• Early Jun. ~ late Jun.
• Free entry
1 Jonai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
092-781-2153
Maizuru Park Map
https://www.midorimachi.jp/maiduru/
https://www.instagram.com/maidurupark/

Aburayama Shimin no Mori

The lush Shimin no Mori (citizen’s forest) is located on the side of Mt. Abura. The site boasts an impressive array of facilities, including a walking course, athletics field, and a grass ski slope, making it a popular place for families to visit. From early to late June, approximately 80 hydrangeas bloom alongside the mountain trail.

• Approx. 80 plants
• Early Jun. ~ Late Jun.
• 9:00 ~ 18:00
• Free entry (car park ¥300, 9:00~18:00)
855-4 Hibaru, Minami-ku, Fukuoka
092-871-6969
https://www.shimi-mori.com/

Nokonoshima Island Park

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 with white, violet, and blue hydrangeas all around.

Photo: Nokonoshima Island Park

• 1,000 plants (more than 10 varieties)
• Early Jun. ~ late Jun.
• Mon. ~ Sat.: 9:00~17:30, Sun. & hol.: 9:00~18:30
• Closed: Never
• Adult: ¥1,200, ES & JHS: ¥600, 3 y.o. and over: ¥400
Nokonoshima, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka
092-881-2494
http://nokonoshima.com/en/

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

Inside the grand 290-hectare grounds of Uminonakamichi Park is a world waiting to be discovered! Fun for all the family as you make your way through the aquarium and zoo, maybe have a stop at the hotel, and carry on until the “Ajisai Path” where 10,000 hydrangeas of 40 different varieties are in bloom from the rainy season to the start of summer.

Photo: Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

• 10,000 plants (40 varieties)
• Early Jun. ~ late Jun.
• 9:30~17:30
• Closed: Never
• Adult: ¥450, 65 y.o. and over: ¥210, ES, JHS and below: free
18-25 Saitozaki, Higashi-ku, Fukuoka
092-603-1111
https://uminaka-park.jp/en/

Fukuoka City Botanical Garden

First opened in 1980, this is the city’s largest botanical garden. There are open fields and greenhouses boasting approximately 3,000 kinds of plants. Home to roughly 100 species of hydrangeas (1,000 plants in total), it’s an excellent place to see and compare the many varieties. With a 3,000 m2, two-story greenhouse, it’s also the best place to view flowers even on a rainy day.

Photo: Fukuoka City Botanical Garden

• 1,000 plants (100 varieties)
• 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)
• Adult: ¥600, HS: ¥300, JHS and below: free
5-1-1 Ozasa, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
092-522-3210
https://botanical-garden.city.fukuoka.lg.jp/plants/detail/45#detail_top
​​https://www.instagram.com/fukuokabota/

Itoshima City

Shiraito Falls, Itoshima

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 as a cool and shady place to escape the heat. Here, you’ll see around 5,000 hydrangeas blooming in early June to early July.

Photo: Itoshima Tourist Association

Hydrangea in Shiraito Falls Itoshima, 糸島市白糸の滝の紫陽花

• 5,000 plants (5~6 varieties)
• Early Jun. ~ early Jul.
• Free
460-6 Shiraito, Itoshima City, Fukuoka
092-323-2114
https://shiraitonotaki.jp/

Dazaifu City

Dazaifu Tenmangu

Dazaifu Tenmangu is a shrine dedicated to Sugawara Michizane (the god of learning). The beautifully maintained grounds are home to flowers such as hydrangeas, colorful irises, and ume (plum blossoms). The hydrangeas, which come to life during the rainy season, have long been known as one of Dazaifu Tenmangu’s four seasonal flowers. The contrast between the irises and hydrangeas reflected on the surface of the central pond is a beautiful sight to behold when it rains.

Photo: Dazaifu Tenmangu

• Approx. 500 ~ 600 plants.
• Late May. ~ Early Jul.
• Free entry
4-7-1 Saifu, Dazaifu, Fukuoka
092-922-8225
https://www.dazaifutenmangu.or.jp/en/

Kurume City

Senkoji Temple

Founded in 1192 by the founder of the Rinzai Buddhist sect, Eisai Zenji, Senkoji Temple is located in Kurume. The temple became known as the “hydrangea temple” thanks to the 7,000 hydrangea that grow on its grounds.

Photo: Senkoji Temple

Hydrangea at Senkoji Temple Kurume City, 久留米市千光寺の紫陽花

• 7,000 plants (50 varieties)
• Early Jun. ~ late Jun.
• Hydrangea Festival: 6/4 (Sat.) ~ 6/26 (Sun.)
• 8:00~18:00
• Closed: Never
• Entry fee (only during the Hydrangea Festival) Adult: ¥300, ES & JHS: ¥100
2287 Yamamoto-machi Toyoda, Kurume City, Fukuoka
0942-44-1434
http://www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/event/?mode=detail&id=400000000400

Kitakyushu City

Takatouyama Park

Takatouyama Park is known as one of the best places to see hydrangeas in Fukuoka Prefecture. More than 70,000 brightly colored hydrangeas bloom inside the park grounds during the rainy season. An abundance of gorgeous flowers surround the observation deck and mountain path.

• Approx. 73,900 plants
• Late May. ~ Late Jun.
• Accessible during the day
• Open year-round
• Free entry
Sutara, Wakamatsu-ku, Kitakyushu, Fukuoka
092-761-5321
https://www.city.kitakyushu.lg.jp/wakamatsu/file_0014.html

Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka

Nomiyama Kannonji Temple

Nomiyama Kannonji Temple is visited by over one million worshippers each year and is fondly called “Nomiyama-san” by locals. The best time to see the 1,500 hydrangeas in the temple grounds is from mid-June to early July.

Photo: Nomiyama Kannonji Temple

• 1,500 plants (3 varieties)
Mid-Jun. ~ Early Jul.
• 7:00~17:00
• Open year-round
• Free entry
227-4 Haginoo, Sasaguri-machi, Kasuya, Fukuoka
092-947-6384
http://www.nomiyamakannonji.com/news-ajisai-info2021.html

Sarayama Park

Sarayama Park is located on the side of Mt. Wakasugi, which is known for its beautiful night views of Fukuoka City and Hakata Bay. The park sees approximately 30,000 azaleas and 2,000 hydrangeas come into full bloom from early June and early July.

• Approx. 2,000 plants
Early Jun. ~ Early Jul.
• Always accessible (car parking: 7:00 ~ 19:00)
• Open year-round
• Free entrance
21-3 Kamisue, Sue, Kasuya-gun, Fukuoka
092-932-1151
http://www.town.sue.fukuoka.jp/soshiki/6/sarayama.html

Tagawa-gun, Fukuoka

Kanayama Hydrangea Garden

Kanayama Hydrangea Garden is located near the Karasuo Tunnel. The 5,000 square meter site is maintained by local volunteers and offers free admission. A range of different colored hydrangeas create a beautifully balanced garden for visitors to take in.

• Approx. 7,000 plants (15 varieties)
• Early Jun. ~ Mid-Jul.
• Accessible throughout the day
• Open year-round.
244 Itoda-machi, Tagawa-gun, Fukuoka
0947-26-4025
https://bit.ly/3hDwPCj

Karatsu City, Saga

Mikaeri No Taki Falls

Mikaeri No Taki Falls has been selected as one of the top 100 waterfalls in Japan.The waterfall is surrounded by a suspension bridge and promenade and you can walk along a mountain stream. From the 1.4 km promenade, you can enjoy a view of 40,000 hydrangeas representing 50 varieties.

Photo by (一社)唐津観光協会

• Approx. 40,000 plants (50 varieties)
• Early Jun. ~ Late Jun.
• Accessible throughout the day
• Open year-round.
• Free entry
Ikisa, Ouchimachi, Karatsu, Saga
0955-51-8312
https://www.karatsu-kankou.jp/spots/detail/33/

Sasebo City, Nagasaki

Huis Ten Bosch

Once again this year this popular European theme park in Nagasaki is showing its green fingers to the world in the annual Huis Ten Bosch Hydrangea Festival. 1,250 varieties of hydrangea will dot the grounds from the start to the end of June, the most of any single place in Japan. But Huis Ten Bosch is a place of records and also boasts an 800-meter long hydrangea road, the longest of its kind in the country. Enjoy the fantastic site of so many hydrangea illuminated at night too.

©HUIS TEN BOSCH

• Approx. 1,250 varieties
• Mid – Jun. ~ early Jul.
• Hydrangea Festival: 5/28 (Sat.) ~ 6/26 (Sun.)
• 9:00~21:00 (last entry 20:00)
• Closed: Never
1-1 Huis Ten Bosch-machi, Sasebo City, Nagasaki
0570-064-110
https://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/

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Originally written in May 2016, updated May 2022.
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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.

Category
Seasonal Guide
Fukuoka Prefecture
Published: May 27, 2022 / Last Updated: May 27, 2022

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