Early - Late
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: Early - Late Nov 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.

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.

More info

Find out more about Yahiko Shrine.

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Kim B

Kim B @kim.b

I'm an Australian who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan - specifically Tokyo and Niigata. I've  visited 44 of 47 prefectures, with only Kagoshima, Miyazaki and Kumamoto left to check out. 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 11 months ago
Nice work with that first photo.
Kim B Author 11 months ago
Thankfully it's a naturally photogenic spot (like so many in Japan!)
Elena Lisina 11 months 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 11 months ago
I find that here in Niigata most chrysanthemum festivals are around October to November. September maybe is a little early I think :(