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A sea of purple

Mizumoto Park Iris Festival

Tokyo’s biggest park hosts a sea of purple irises

By Elizabeth S    - 2 min read
Venue: Mizumoto Park When: May 27th - Jun 16th 2020 ,  10:00am - 5:00pm

Every June, Tokyo’s largest park is filled with a sea of white and purple for the Katsushika Iris Festival. The park is home to 200,000 iris plants representing 80 species. Kakitsubata, an iris found in the garden, is famously depicted by artist Ogata Korin on a screen displayed at the Nezu Museum in Aoyama. Here at Mizumoto Park, you can see the kakitsubata that inspired the work, and other species of Japan’s native irises, such as hanashobu and ayame, in this vast collection.

During the festival, visitors can shop at the open air market, and have snacks and drinks at the food stalls that border the reservoir. Catch some enka performances at the stage at the edge of the water, surrounded by the flowers.

Mizumoto Park is a vast green space and wetland that has a great diversity of bird and plant life. The park is notable for its wide views of woodlands featuring dawn redwoods and an avenue of poplar trees.

Make a day trip of your visit with an excursion to nearby Shibamata to see the nostalgic Shibamata Sando shopping street, Taishakuten Temple, and exquisite Yamamoto-Tei tea house.

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Elizabeth S @elizabeth.scally

You will see many of my stories on Japan Travel are about places and events outside of big city centers and tourist destinations. While I highly recommend the big name sights and experiences, I encourage visitors to see and feel the atmosphere off the beaten path, too. 

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Sherilyn Siy 4 months ago
Inspires me to paint.
Sleiman Azizi 4 months ago
I'm pretty sure that purple is a royal colour.
Kim B 4 months ago
Between irises and hydrangeas, this time of year is a favorite for me!
Elizabeth S Author 4 months ago
The damp and gloom of rainy season can get me down, and my joints feel the effect of changing air pressure. The antidote is getting out to see the gorgeous flowers and greenery.
Elena Lisina 4 months ago
Beautiful flowers! I come later, alas. :(
Elena Lisina 4 months ago
Thank you, Elizabeth!