Iris Festival at Daian-zenji Temple

Irises, hydrangeas, music and more in Fukui!

Early - Late
Venue: Daian-zenji Temple When: Early - Late Jun 2020
Notice: The dates for this event are not yet confirmed. This page will be updated once the official date(s) are announced by the event organizers. Please check the official event site for the latest info.

The other day I was translating one of Japan Travel's articles about irises at Meiji Shrine, Tokyo, which had lots of beautiful photos of irises and all of a sudden I wanted to go see them with my own eyes no matter what.

When I inquired where I should go in Fukui some of my friends recommended that I go to Daian-zenji Temple, which is a 30-minute drive from the center of Fukui city. When I got there, a walking path decorated with many beautiful hydrangeas on both sides welcomed me, then the irises in full bloom in the garden.

There was soothing music in the air, coming from a Chinese erhu (spike fiddle) played by a musician on the small stage in the garden. Green forest, fresh air, pleasant music and beautiful flowers. Everything was perfect at Daian-zenji Temple on that day in June!

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Takako Sakamoto

Takako Sakamoto @takako.sakamoto

I was born in and grew up in Tokushima prefecture, and have lived in many places since then: Nishinomiya, Kyoto, Nara, Mie, Tokyo, Kanagawa, Saitama, Chiba, Fukuoka and Fukui. I am currently living in Yokohama City. All the places I lived, all the places I visited, I have loved dearly. The historical places where people lived, loved, suffered, and fought - places where I can still hear their heartbeats - mesmerize me. I'd like to retrace the footsteps of the people who lived in Japan a long long time ago, and introduce to you what they left behind on this soil.  

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Kim B 10 months ago
Irises and hydrangeas are two things that make the rainy season enjoyable in my opinion!