Hydrangea Festival at Mikaeri Falls

Floral beauty and cascades in the rainy season

By Tristan Scholze    - 1 min read

The Hydrangea Festival takes place for 3 weeks during the month of June each year at Mikaeri Falls, one of Japan's top 100. This rural location on the outskirts of Karatsu in Saga is perhaps best enjoyed at this time, during Japan's rainy season. The colorful umbrellas and rain gear of the guests matched with the lush valley and gardens below the falls enhance any damp, grey day in a mystical, magical sort of way.

見帰りの滝—mikaeri no taki—Mikaeri Falls
あじさいまつり—ajisai matsuri—Hydrangea Festival

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Tristan Scholze

Tristan Scholze @tristan.scholze

I'm also known as Faer Out. I love learning about people and nature. I've traveled around the world and throughout Japan, and I hope to continue seeing and experiencing the wonder of this planet as long as I live.Based in Japan for nearly two decades, I'm the Regional Partner here for Fukuoka and Saga Prefectures. In addition to my work at JapanTravel, I have a language school called Rainbow Bridges English Academy in Fukuoka and am very interested in teaching, languages, communication, and photography, among other things. Recently, I've been a guest host on NHK World's J-Trip Plan for Caving Adventures in Western Japan as well as Exploration for Black Gold.I love heading downtown to meet up with friends for a night out as well as being able to hop on my motorcycle and be riding through forest-covered mountains or to sandy beaches in 20 minutes. This area is very photogenic and even after years of exploration, there are still plenty of places to discover each weekend! My photographs are available for purchase on iStock, Shutterstock, and Dreamstime or by contacting me.Please contact me if you have any questions about travel in Japan. I'd also be grateful for any follows on social media!

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Tristan Scholze Videographer 5 years ago
The 2015 Hydrangea Festival is 6/6 to 6/28.
Tristan Scholze Videographer 6 years ago
As June is fairly early and not so hot yet, there were hardly any mosquitoes. An August visit might need some bug spray, though. Thank you for the comments!
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JapanTravel Guest 6 years ago
Awesome colors and atmosphere in this video. No background music other than the tinkle/roar of the streams and river -- which really gives you a feeling of being there. How was the mosquito situation? All that water... :-)
Tristan Scholze Videographer 6 years ago
Thanks, Justin! If it's going to be rainy, might as well enjoy it in a beautiful place.
Justin Velgus 6 years ago
Some nice shots in the video. Very well done, especially considering you were shooting in the rain!