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The shrine\'s grounds are naturally beautiful, and even more so with the flowers on display

Yahiko Chrysanthemum Festival

Japan's national flower displayed in stunning surrounds

By Kim B    - 1 min read
Venue: Yahiko Shrine When: Nov 1st - Nov 24th 2019

In Japan, autumn and chrysanthemums just go together. There are a number of festivals held across the country where visitors can enjoy their colorful beauty, and the largest chrysanthemum festival in Niigata Prefecture is held on the grounds of Yahiko Shrine.

The event boasts over 4000 pots filled with flowers, flanked by the shrine itself and the stunning mountain surroundings. The shrine itself is a worthy destination year-round, with many different historical artifacts on display at the shrine's treasury.

Admission to the shrine and the festival is free of charge.

Getting there

Yahiko Shrine is situated approximately 15 minutes on foot from Yahiko Station, served by the JR Yahiko Line. Alternatively if you're headed to the shrine via private vehicle, there are a number of free parking lots in the lead up to the shrine itself. Bear in mind that if you visit the festival on a weekend, the parking spaces fill up significantly faster than on weekdays.

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Kim B

Kim B @kim.b

Japan dwelling expat, living in and loving this beautiful country. Tokyo was my home for several years, but I'm now enjoying the countryside life in Niigata. Currently at 44 of 47 prefectures visited - with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out!

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Sleiman Azizi 3 weeks ago
Nice work with that first photo.
Kim B Author 3 weeks ago
Thankfully it's a naturally photogenic spot (like so many in Japan!)
Elena Lisina 3 weeks ago
Bonsai chrysanthemum are wonderful! Big flowers, too! My first visit was in September, but I was left alone (came without a group) and didn't see any chrysanthemum. :(
Kim B Author 3 weeks ago
I find that here in Niigata most chrysanthemum festivals are around October to November. September maybe is a little early I think :(