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Tokyo Top Hydrangea Gardens and Festivals - Top 10 Hydrangea Locations in Tokyo

Tokyo Top Hydrangea Gardens and Festivals

Blue, purple, green, white and pink hydrangeas, absorb all the beauty at our recommended Tokyo Top Hydrangea Gardens and Festivals..  Hydrangeas are called ajisai in Japanese. Peak blooming time in Japan is June with the seasonal rains and humid air. Hydrangea has a long history in Japan and is well represented in antique screen paintings and kimono fabrics.cs.

Tokyo Top Hydrangea Gardens and Festivals – Top 10 Hydrangea Locations in Tokyo

1. Toshimaen Ajisai Matsuri (Nerima) – The Toshimaen Ajisai Matsuri has about 10,000 hydrangeas of 150 varieties located in the Toshimaen Amusement Park. Walk through their garden and visit their see of blue hydrangeas or take a ride on their model train which will take you through the Ajisai Garden (300 JPY/per person). Couple with a visit to the Amusement park with a variety of retro rides, or an evening visit to the Insect Pavillion to see fireflies from 17:00-19:30. This will also hold a Flea market with 200 stalls on  June 16th from 10:00-16:00 (Entry 200 JPY/pp).

Fee to enter Toshimaen Amusement Park:
Adult (JHS and older): 1000 JPY
Child (3 years – Elementary School): 500 JPY

17th Annual Toshimaen Ajisai Festival 2019 Details
Event Time & Dates: May 25 – June 24, 2019 (10:00 – 17:00)
Address: 3-25-1 KoyamaNerima, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3990-8800
Access: 3-minute walk from Toshimaen Station on the Toei-Oedo Line.
Website: http://www.toshimaen.co.jp/event/2019hydrangea-festival/index.html

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2. Asukayama Park (飛鳥山公園) (Kita-ku, Tokyo)– This park is one of our family’s favorite free play and water park. Asukayama Park is also famous from its over 600 cherry trees (April peak), over 15,000 azaleas (May peak) and 1,250 akidai plants (peak June). We highly recommend spending a day at this park.
Hours: 11:00 – 16:00 Daily
Fee: FREE!
Address: 1-1-3 Oji, Kita-ku, Tokyo map 
Phone: 03-3908-9275
Access: 3 min walk from Oji-station on the Namboku Line, or 2 min walk from the Asukayama station on the Toden Arakawa Streetcar
Website: Japanese language only https://www.tokyo-park.or.jp/park/format/index024.html

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3. Takahata Fudosan Ajisai Festival 2019 (Hino, Tokyo) – The Takahata Fudosan Ajisai Festival, located in Hino City in the western suburbs of Tokyo, has about 7,500 hydrangeas of 200 varieties on different elevations of the mountain. Enjoy the Ajisai then visit the Takahata Fudo Kinshu Temple. The temple includes a lot of cultural assets, some of which are designated as Important Cultural Assets.  In the hall of five-story pagoda, there is Kobo Daishi (founder of Shingon sect) and 1000 Jizo Statues (sentai Jizoo). Takahata Fudosan also hosts a popular antique market each month. 

Takahata Fudosan  Ajisai Festival 2019 Details
Event Time & Dates: June 1 – 30, 2019
Address: 733 Takahata, Hino-shi, Tokyo
Phone: 042-591-0032 (Japanese language only)
Access: 5 minute walk from Takahata Fudo Station on the Keio Line.
Website: http://www.takahatafudoson.or.jp/

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4. Hakusan Shrine Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival  (文京あじさいまつり) ((Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku) The most magnificent display of Ajisai in Tokyo is at Hakusan Shrine. We attended last year and had a wonderful time viewing the flowers, listening to the live entertainment and kids crafts. The Shrine has over 3,000 Ajisai plants which when in full bloom are a sea of blue. Hakusan Shrine is also one of the most important shrines in Tokyo having Bunko ku ajisai festivalbeen built in the 8th century to pray for a remedy for smallpox. The path leading up to the shrine is very charming with many small food booths and stone lanterns. The shrine is now a designated Important Cultural Property by the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo. Even if your kids are not big fans of flower viewing, they will be impressed by the sheer number! If you miss the festival the Hakusan Shrine is a wonderful place to wonder around and view the ajisai through June.
Event Time & Dates: Saturday, June 8 – Sunday, June 16, 2019 (10:00 – 16:00)
Address: Hakusan Shrine, 5-31-26 Hakusan, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo (東京都文京区白山5-31-26)
Phone: 03-3812-7111
Access: A 3-minute walk from Hakusan Shrine on the Toei Mita Subway Line; A 5-minute walk from Honkomagome station on the Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line
Website: http://www.city.bunkyo.lg.jp/ajisai.html

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5. Hamarikyu Garden Park (浜離宮恩賜庭園 Hama-rikyū Onshi Teien) is one of the largest and most diverse Japanese Garden Parks in central Tokyo. It is also one of the nine Metropolitan Cultural Heritage Gardens. Hamarikyu Garden Park is located on the original edge of Tokyo Bay in Chuo-ku (near Hamatsucho, Shinbashi, and Shiodome). It offers visitors wide green lawns, interesting paths to navigate over bridges and amongst gardens, and busy boat channels. It is theHamarikyu Garden and Park
only remaining garden in Japan that has a seawater tidal pond remaining.  Hamarikyu is quite empty and few Japanese visitors seem to be in the gardens and parks so you can enjoy the space, quietness, and nature.

Address: 1-1, Hama Rikyu-teien, Chuo-ku, Tokyo 104-0046Hamarikyu Garden, Japanese garden
Access: 7 min walk from Shiodome Station on the Oedo Line (Exit 19)
10 min walk from Shimbashi station on the Ginza or Asakusa Lines (Exit G-08 or A-10)
10 min walk from Hamatsucho Station on the Yamanote Line
Also conveniently located on the water bus route that runs from Asakusa- Hamarikyo – to Sambashi
Cost: 300 JPY for general, 150 JPY for over 65 years, free for children who reside or go to school in Tokyo
Phone: 03-3541-0200
Website: http://teien.tokyo-park.or.jp/en/hama-rikyu/

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6. Showa Memorial Park Hydrangeas (昭和記念公園) – Despite the rain June is a lovely time to visit Showa Memorial Park and view the Hydrangea. Showa Memorial Park is approximately a 50-70 min trip from central Tokyo via car or train. Biking, hiking, climbing nets, bouncing on huge white soft blobs and hiding from dragons can keep the little ones busy.  You can spend the entire day at the park so pack a lunch and all your sports Showa Memorial Park 昭和記念公園, Tachikawa, Tokyo - Rent Bikes, Massive Playgrounds and Water Playequipment. The park is over 150 hectors and has over 11 kilometers of bike trails. We highly recommend that you rent bikes near the Nishi  Tachikawa entrance to see the entire park, and allows for easy access to a variety of playgrounds which are very spread out. Dogs are also welcome on a leash. Wide variety of flowers can be seen at the park through the year including charming Hydrangea flowers which flourish in June.

Hydrangea Viewing Dates: Mid June – Early July 2019
Address: Midoricho 3173, Tachikawa-shi, Tokyo  国営昭和記念公園 (〒190-0014 東京都立川市緑町3173) 
Phone: 042- 524-1516 (Japanese language only)
Website: http://www.showakinen-koen.jp/guide-english/schedule-english/ 
Cost to enter park: Adults (15 – 64 years) 410 JPY;  seniors (65+) 210 JPY; children (6 – 14 years) 80 JPY; infants (0 – 5 years) free
Access: 2 min walk from Nishi Tachikawa Station, 14 min walk from Tachikawa station. We recommend you take the Chuo Line from Shinjuku directly to Nishi Tachikawa station which is a good spot to get a rental bike. There is a also a large parking lot at the Nishi Tachikawa park side (near the station). Cost to park is 820 JPY for the day.

 

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7. Ikiiki Asakusa Ajisai Festival 2019The Ikiiki Asakusa Ajisai Festival (いきいき浅草あじさい祭) is held at Chokokuji temple and will have 100 kinds of rare Hydrangea that you can buy (1 basket 1500 JPY), food and games stalls, fresh teas, as well as medicinal cooking or moxibustion to refresh you body. The Houroku Moxibustion Reception (2000 JPY) is a traditional Buddhism Reception held at Chokokuji Temple. They place a houroku (unglazed pot) on the pressure point on top of your head to relieve Summer heat sickness then pray for good health.

16th Annual Ikiiki Asakusa Ajisai Festival 2019 Details
Event Time & Dates: Saturday, June 15, 2019 (12:00-19:00) & Sunday, June 16, 2019 (10:00-17:00)
Address: 3-19-6 Saitobu, Taito-ku, Tokyo
Phone: 03-3872-1667
Access: 20 minute walk from Sensoji in Asakusa.
Website: http://otorisama.jp/ikiiki-ajisai/

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8. Sumida Park (Sumida, Tokyo) – (隅田公園) – is a lovely strolling park along the Sumida River. It is a great addition to a visit to Sensoji Temple (Asakusa) and Kappabashi (Kitchen Town) The park is famous for cherry blossoms in March/April and Aisai in June. There are over 6,000 hydrangea planted over 2 km of walking paths. Take an bento and some drinks to enjoy!

Best visiting time: Early to Mid June
Address: 1 -2-5 Mukojima, Sumida City, Tokyo (map)
Hydrangea Festival: 25 May – 24 June, 2019
Hours: open 24 hours
Cost: Free
Access: 5 min walk from Sumida Park station on the Ginza Line, or Honjo-Azumabashi Station on the Asakusa Line
Website: https://www.city.sumida.lg.jp/sisetu_info/kouen/kunai_park_annai/sumida_park/park33.html

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9. Tokyo Summerland (東京サマーランド) i- SummerLand is one of the biggest water parks in Japan. Located about one hour from central Tokyo it is a great day trip. Enjoy the indoor wave pool, the multiple outdoor pools, lazy river, water slides and water playgrounds,
as well as retro amusement rides (loop roller coaster, free fall, tea cups, pirate ship and more)!  Although most people visit Summerland for the waterpark and amusement rids, it has one of the largest hydrangea gardens in Japan with over 15,000 plants. A great family outing.
Address: 600 Kamiyotsugi, Akiruno, Tokyo (map)
Cost: depends on day and also what you will do at the park
Website: https://www.summerland.co.jp/english/
Access: 
From Shinjuku Station take Chuo line for Ome or Okutama Station. Get off at Haijima Station (About 40min).
From Haijima Station transfer to Itsukaichi line for Akigawa Station (3rd stop about 10min).
From Akigawa Station public transportation is available by bus or taxi. By bus take the bus bound for Tokyo Summerland (About 10min).
Parking: 1,500 yen per car.

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10. Kamakura Hydrangea Viewing Locations – In June I highly recommend a day trip to Kamakura to see the Buddha and Shines & Temples, but also these four locations with magnificent Hydrangea. Take the train to Kamakura station and visit Hase Templet first, the big Buddha next and then walk about 50 mins to see the other three locations. If you are with kids you can squeeze a beach visit in after Hase Temple!

Hase Temple (長谷寺): Address: 3-11-2 Hase, Kamakura, Kanagawa; Website in English

Meigetsu-in (明月院):  Address:, 189 Yamanouchi, Kamakura, Kanagawa Website in Japanese

Engaku-ji Temple (円覚寺): Address: 409 Yamanouchi  Kamakura, Kanagawa; Official Site in Japanese

Kita Kamakura Kominka Museum (北鎌倉古民家ミュージアム): Address: 392-1 Yamanouchi, Kamakura-shi, Kanagawa; Website in Japanese

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