Tamana Iris Festival

A burst of spring color along the Takaseura River

Late May
Early Jun
Venue: Suizenji Garden When: Late May - Early Jun 2021

In Kumamoto prefecture, the town of Tamana is known for its spring display of irises. Every year, over 66,000 bulbs planted along the Takaseura River open to reveal various shades of purple and white irises. There is a short boardwalk along the riverbed that visitors can follow and use to get a close-up view of the flowers. The site is wheelchair and stroller accessible as well. On weekends during the festival period, you can expect events and local stalls selling bentos and other festival foods.

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Mandy Bartok

Mandy Bartok @mandy.bartok

Japan resident for 9 years, with time spent in Okinawa, Kumamoto and Tokyo. 

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Yui Yamaguchi 5 years ago
I went there two years ago and it looks exactly the same. They planted irises along the canal very nicely. Some shops are selling cold drinks which was nice.
Mandy Bartok Author 5 years ago
Yui, there is also a new cafe right along the canal that serves hitsumabushi sets for only 1000 yen (!!) during the iris festival.