Shimoda Hydrangea Festival

Millions of hydrangeas adorn this mountainside park

Jun 1st
Jun 30th
Venue: Shimoda Park When: Jun 1st - Jun 30th 2021, 12:00am - 11:59pm

Hydrangea bloom annually in June in Japan. Hydrangea are called 'ajisai' in Japanese. Coinciding with the bloom period parks and temples hold "ajisai" festivals. Some of these hydrangea festivals are better known than others. Case in point, the Shimoda hydrangea festival in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Shimoda park is located on a small mountain. Approximately three million hydrangeas adorn the mountainside. A picturesque path winds it way through the colorful hydrangeas. You can get a great view of the hydrangeas from the 'top' of the park. During the festival period they frequently have entertainment in the park. They sell potted hydrangeas too. On a sunny day, the park can get quite crowded during the bloom period. However, if you visit on a rainy day, there are generally less visitors.

The hydrangea garden is part of an historic area and larger park with other attractions.

Getting there

By public transport: The park is about a fifteen minute walk from Izukyu-Shimoda Station on the Izukyu line.

By car: The park is located close to national route 136. The car park near the hydrangea costs ¥500 per day. However, if you are prepared to walk - there is a free car park near the aquarium on the south end of the park.

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Lynda has been in Japan for 20 years and blogging about Saitama on her personal blog insaitama.com for 14 of them.  Despite its central location, just North of Tokyo, Saitama is still quite unknown to the international tourist, but frequented by domestic travelers. It is a great place to experience some off-the-international-tourist-trail locations and meet with locals and national tourists. I hope to introduce a taste of what there is to do and see in my articles on Japan Travel and help you with your Saitama travel planning.  Be sure to stop by my website where you will find 600 things to do in Saitama and 400 active events! 

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Kim 2 months ago
One of the best times of year to visit Shimoda, I think!