Early - Late
Nov
The shrine's grounds are naturally beautiful, and even more so with the flowers on display (Photo: Kim B)
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Yahiko Chrysanthemum Festival

Japan's national flower displayed in stunning surrounds

Venue: Yahiko Shrine When: Early - Late Nov 2023

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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Sleiman Azizi 3 years ago
Nice work with that first photo.
Kim Author 3 years ago
Thankfully it's a naturally photogenic spot (like so many in Japan!)
Elena Lisina 3 years 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 Author 3 years ago
I find that here in Niigata most chrysanthemum festivals are around October to November. September maybe is a little early I think :(