Iris Festival at Nagai Ayame Park

Around a million irises in hundreds of varieties

Jun 15th
Jul 7th
Venue: Nagai Ayame Park, Yamagata When: Jun 15th - Jul 7th 2021, 9:00am - 8:00pm

Each year from around mid-June to the first week of July, Yamagata's Nagai Ayame Park is filled with the color of around a million irises in bloom. From those million flowers, there are around 500 different varieties of them! The park holds an annual iris festival to celebrate their beauty, and it typically includes extra events like stage performances, sales of local produce, and even horseback riding.

Admission to the park is normally free, but during the iris blooming season there is an admission charge of 500 yen for adults and 200 yen for children.

Getting there

Yamagata's Nagai Ayame Park is located around six minutes on foot from the Ayame Koen Station, served by the Yamagata Railway's Flower Nagai Line.

For those who opt to drive to the park, it's around a 20 minute drive from the Nanyo Takahata IC on the Tohoku Chuo Expressway. On-site parking is available for approximately 200 vehicles.

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Kim @kim.b

I'm an expat who has lived abroad for almost a decade, including 7 years in Japan. I've also visited 44 of 47 prefectures and hope to get to the last three someday! 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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Elena Lisina 4 months ago
I visited Japan too early or too late for iris blooming, alas!
Kim Author 4 months ago
Hopefully you can enjoy them in the future!