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Hydrangea Viewing Guide 2018

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 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 eight excellent spots in Fukuoka to enjoy ajisai.

Photo: Maizuru Park

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)
• June
• Mon. ~ Sat.: 9:00~17:30, Sun.: 9:00~18:30
• Closed: Never
• Adult: ¥1,200, ES & JS: ¥600, KS (3~): ¥400
Nokonoshima, Nishi-ku, Fukuoka

Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

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 290 ha area. Perfect for spending an entire day with the family! Visit the “Ajisai Path” located inside the park to see 12,000 hydrangeas, in bloom from the rainy season to the start of summer.

Photo: Uminonakamichi Seaside Park

• 12,000 plants (40 varieties)
• June
• 9:30~17:30
• Closed: Never
• Adult ¥450, 65 y.o. and over ¥210, free for ES & JHS
18-25 Oaza Saitozaki, Higashi-ku

Hakozakigu Shrine

Hakozakigu Shrine is one of the three major Hachimangu Shrines in Japan, well known for its two popular annual festivals: Tamaseseri and Hojoya. Visit in June to see 3,500 hydrangeas (100 kinds) inside the beautiful grounds of the shrine. There will also be flute and string ensembles performing live classical music on June 9, 10, and 16. Visit the shrine garden for 5,000 lilies (30 kinds) in bloom, too.

Photo: Hakozakigu Shrine

• 3,500 plants (100 varieties)
• 6/1 (Fri.) ~ 6/30 (Sat.)
• 9:30~17:00
• Closed: Never
• Hydrangea viewing ¥300, flower garden (lilies) ¥300, special ticket for both areas ¥500
1-22-1 Hakozaki, Higashi-ku

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 kinds
• June~
• Free
1 Jonai, Chuo-ku, Fukuoka
Maizuru Park map
Maizuru Park seasonal information

Shiraito Falls Hydrangea Festival

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 late June to mid-July. On June 24 (Sun.), visitors get mochi maki (tossed rice cakes) and kiribana (cut flowers) as presents. Enjoy somen nagashi (noodle catching – it’s all-you-can-eat!) too. Free entry!

Photo: Itoshima Tourist Association

• 5,000 plants
• Late June ~ mid-July
• 9:00~17:00 (July~August: 9:00~18:00) (Shiraito-no-taki Fureai-no-sato)
• Free (somen nagashi: ¥500)
460-1 Shiraito, Itoshima-shi, Fukuoka

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 and the “hydrangea temple” thanks to the 7,000 hydrangea that grow on its grounds, in addition to 2,000 carefully shrubs planted two years ago. Don’t miss the annual Hydrangea Festival in which local products for sale and an exhibit of ceramic jizo statues and Buddhist illustrations will be on display.

Photo: Senkoji Temple

• 7,000 plants
• 6/7 (Thu.) ~ 7/1 (Sun.)
• 8:00~18:00
• Closed: Never
• Adult ¥300, ES & JHS ¥100
2287 Yamamoto-machi, Toyoda, Kurume City

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 sq m, 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)
• Early ~ mid-June
• 9:00~17:00 (last entry 16:30)
• Closed: Mon. (except if Mon. is a hol.)
• Adult ¥600, HS ¥300, free for JHS and under & 65 y.o. and over
5-1-1 Ozasa, Chuo-ku

Huis Ten Bosch Hydrangea Festival

This popular European theme park in Nagasaki boasts 1,250 varieties of hydrangea, apparently the most varieties in one place in Japan! The festival offers several attractions including a hydrangea wall that’s 2 m high and 10 m long at Palace Huis Ten Bosch, an 800 m hydrangea road, and a light up of the hydrangeas at night. Browse for rare hydrangeas at the hydrangea market, join hydrangea-themed workshops such as photo frame making and accessory making, and enjoy live performances at the various hydrangea spots in the theme park. Bring your camera!

Photo: Huis Ten Bosch

• Approx. 1,250 varieties
• 6/2 (Sat.) ~ 7/1 (Sun.)
• 9:00~22:00 (last entry 21:00)
• Closed: Never
• Adult ¥4,500, JHS and HS ¥3,500, 4 y.o. ~ ES ¥2,200 (Ticket prices are for admission only. For other types of tickets, click here.)
1-1 Huis Ten Bosch-machi, Sasebo City, Nagasaki

Originally written in May 2016, updated May 2018.
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Fukuoka Prefecture
Published: May 25, 2018 / Last Updated: Jun 6, 2018