Hydrangea macrophylla – Japanese Ajisai


Ajisai in Hakusan shrine

hakusan jinja

It is so gloomy during the rainy season in Japan. The rainy season varies depending on a region but usually in mid-end June in most regions in Japan. In the rainy season, you can alternatively enjoy some indoor activities if you have to visit Japan in June, however, why don’t you look out for a famous garden for Ajisai flowers if the time is right!

Ajisai flowers look so gorgeous when many bloomedat the same time at one spot. In Kanto areas, there are many famous gardens that you can see these Ajisai flowers. If you stay in Tokyo, we recommend “Hakusan Jinja”, a shrine-cum-park, “Hakusai Koen”.

They have 3,000 shrubs of hydrangea and organise “Ajisai Matsuri”, a festival for Ajisai. They open for public from 10:00am to 16:00pm every day, admission free. They also provide a free guided tour (limited date only) and many events during the Ajisai season.

Hakusan Jinja is about 2 minutes walk from Hakusan Station, Toei Mita line (Blue circle). They do not have an official website.

Other famous Ajisai spots

Honjoji Temple in Chiba
Web: http://www.hondoji.net/

Myorakuji Temple in Kawasaki, Kanagawa

Huis Tenbosch in Nagasaki, Kyushu (A unique theme park)
Web: https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp/event/hydrangea/
English: http://english.huistenbosch.co.jp/#_ga=2.250236486.1365123758.1560244308-1801451138.1560244308

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