Early Oct
Mid Nov
Some of the chrysanthemum dolls at the event (Photo: Geomr/CC By SA 3.0)
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Nanyo Chrysanthemum Festival

A flower festival with over 100 years of history in Yamagata

Venue: Kumano Taisha Shrine and Nanyo Chuo Flower Park When: Early Oct - Mid Nov 2022

Yamagata's Nanyo Chrysanthemum Festival takes place from early October to mid-November every year at two venues: the Kumano Taisha Shrine precinct and the Nanyo Chuo Flower Park. This celebration of Japan's national flower comes with over 100 years of history, and the event is said to be the first festival that featured chrysanthemum dolls (known as kiku-ningyo) as part of their display. The chrysanthemum dolls are literally life sized dolls which are decked out with chrysanthemums as their "clothing" - it's an impressive sight to witness!

Typically during the event dates there are vendors at the sites selling food and drink - it's yet to be determined if that will be the case this year. Updates will be posted on the official event website closer to the season.

Getting there

The Kumano Taisha Shrine portion of the chrysanthemum festival is located around 16 minutes by car from the Nanyo Takahata IC on the Tohoku Chuo Expressway, and the Nanyo Chuo Flower Park venue is around 13 minutes from the same interchange.

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Elena Lisina 10 months ago
One more interesting event in autumn!
Kim Author 10 months ago
There are quite a few nice chrysanthemum festivals in autumn!
Elena Lisina a year ago
This is quite unusual even in Japan, right?
Kim Author a year ago
There are a few events with chrysanthemum dolls, but I would still say it's quite a unique form of creative expression! The vast majority of chrysanthemum events I've attended have just involved the flowers rather than dolls like these.