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Kaisei Machi Ajisai Matsuri

A festival dedicated to all things hydrangeas

Photo: Kim B
Venue: Kaisei Ajisai Park When: Early Jun 2022

One of the best things about Japan's rainy season? Hydrangeas. The Kaisei Machi Ajisai Matsuri is an annual festival dedicated to these beautiful blooms, held in the small town of Kaisei in Kanagawa Prefecture.

The scenery in Kaisei is stunning, with newly planted rice fields and mountains adding to the natural beauty alongside the colorful flowers - over 5000 of them! Booths are also set up at the event with a wide variety of festival food to enjoy. Admission to the festival itself is free of charge, but do bring some yen for parking if you're driving, or if you plan to grab a bite to eat.

Getting there

The Kaisei Machi Ajisai Matsuri is best accessed from Kaisei Station on the Odakyu line.

If you plan to drive, take the Tomei Expressway to the Oi-Matsuda interchange. The festival grounds are approximately a ten minute drive from the expressway exit. Paid parking is available in the streets surrounding the festival but can fill up quickly, particularly during the weekend.

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Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! I'm particularly fond of exploring off the beaten path destinations, gardens, and tea houses, and have a real interest in Japan's growing vegan scene.

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Sleiman Azizi 2 years ago
Geez they're pretty.
Kim Author 2 years ago
My absolute favorite flowers! This festival is one of the best flower festivals I’ve been to in Japan - highly recommend it if you have the chance to go!