Colourful Hydrangea to Decorate Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki for Ajisai Matsuri

13.April.2018 | SPOT

Ajisai Matsuri (‘Hydrangea Festival’) will take place at Huis Ten Bosch in Nagasaki from June 2 to July 1, showcasing 1,250 varieties of hydrangea.

 

In addition to popular outdoor spots like the Hydrangea Road, the Hydrangea Wall will also be set up where the wall of a room will be covered in vibrant hydrangeas. Here, you can take your time admire the gorgeous flowers. There’ll also be a market where you can buy varieties of plans you’re interested in, as well as a tour by a hydrangea expert, a hydrangea light-up show at night, and more.

 

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Hydrangea Wall / Huis Ten Bosch Palace
The giant Ajisai Wall will tower 2 meters upward and 10 meters across, laced with brilliant hydrangeas of light blues, pinks and more. In the Hydrangea Herbarium, hydrangeas will be lit up in the water, and 700 hydrangeas will float in the palace rooms.

Location: Huis Ten Bosch Palace

Price: ¥500 (Passport Ticket) / ¥700 (Walking Ticket)

 

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Hydrangeas & Music
While being enveloped in the radiant rainbow hues of hydrangeas, you can enjoy the flowers together with music in the garden.

Location: Amsterdam Square

 

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あじさいロード

Hydrangea Road
1,250 types of hydrangeas will line the palace. Japan’s longest 800m pathway will also be in full bloom, making it a popular spot to take photos.

Location: Huis Ten Bosch Palace

 

Hydrangea Hotel
The hotel lobby will also be filled with hydrangea colours. You will be greeted with concert timbres and beautiful hydrangeas.

Location: Hotel Europe
Price: Entry permitted with just a Hotel Restaurant Ticket (¥1,000). You do not have to pay to stay at the hotel to enter.

 

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White Hydrangea Road
In the area near the welcome gate, you will be graced by white hydrangeas. Enjoy them together with the windmill and canal.
Location: Adventure Park

 

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Hydrangea Market
Lining the multitude of flowers will be a fantastic market. Not only can you admire an array of different hydrangeas, there will also be tours held every day by an expert who will guide you on the different varieties of plans, as well as a sale to pick and take home your own hydrangeas.
Location: Location: Huis Ten Bosch Palace

 

 

Get up close and personal with the beauty of hydrangeas at Huis Ten Bosch!

 

 

■Information
Huis Ten Bosch Nagasaki
Address: Huis Ten Bosch-cho, Sasebo, Nagasaki Prefecture
Opening Hours: 9:00-22:00 (*May differ depending on the season and day)
No Fixed Holidays.
TEL: 0570-064-110
URL: https://www.huistenbosch.co.jp/

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    ▼Yanagidani Kannon

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    TEL: 075-956-0017 (Reception: 9:00-17:00)

    Official Website: https://yanagidani.jp/

     

     

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    TEL: 075-331-0020

    Official Website: http://www.yoshiminedera.com/index.html

     

     

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    Photos: @macchan358

  • Witness the Phantasmal Hydrangea Shichidanka at Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden

    01.July.2019 | SPOT

    The season has arrived at Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden in Hyogo Prefecture when you can see the “phantasmal” hydrangea known as the shichidanka.

     

    The shichidanka is a type of hydrangea serrata, also known as “mountain hydrangea.” It is known for its distinct double-flowering. Its ten or so sepals give it a beautiful star shape. Its delicate form has earned the plant much popularity in the gardens where it blooms in two locations.

     

    As well as this flower, several other hydrangeas are now in bloom or soon to be in bloom a the garden too which are making their way to Japanese social media. Let’s take a look at some of the various hydrangeas you can see there.

    Shichdanka (Hortensia serrate var.serrata f.prolifera)

    This flower stands at 1 to 1.5 meters tall. The flower appears in Philipp Franz von Siebold’s studies of Japanese flora and fauna during the Edo Period, but its existence subsequently became unnoticed until 1959 where it was discovered by chance at Mount Rokkō. The flowers were then cut and planted and seedlings spread across various places. The flower, which was given the name “mountain hydrangea,” took on a beautiful blue colour as a result of acid soil from caused by granite. It can be enjoyed in full bloom right now until mid-July.

    Himeajisai (Hortensia cuspidata f.cuspidata) [Blooming: June – July 2019]

    Also known as the “garden hydrangea,” the himeajisai is recognisable for its shape which is like a temari – a type of toy ball from Japanese folk art. It was given its name by Japanese botanist Tomitaro Makino in 1929. It is strong and durable against hot and dry weather and takes on a gorgeous blue colour when grown in soil with a high level of acidity.

    Amagiamacha (Hortensia serrata var.angustata) [Blooming: June – July 2019]

    This delicate, sweet-smelling flower has thin leaves that grow no longer than 10cm. Since long ago this flower has not been used as a sweetener in hydrangea tea but instead during the manufacturing process of soy sauce for its embalming effect. It has also been used to prevent mould and mildew from building up. Not only that, the flower has also been combined in home remedies such as mouth fresheners and toothpaste for its sweet flavour. Locals also use it for balancing sweetness and acidity with daikon pickled vegetables.

    Tamaajisai (Platycrater involucrata) [Blooming: August 2019]

    The tamaajisai grows natively across the Kanto region to Gifu Prefecture. It blooms in mountainous regions that have a high level of humidity. Its leaves’ surface have thick and hard hairs on them. They get the tama (“Ball” in Japanese) in their name for their ping pong ball-like buds. During wartime the flower was also used as a substitute for tobacco and so it also gets the name “mountain tobacco.” The flower is popular for its appearance just before its full bloom too.

     

    Visit Rokkō Alpine Botanical Garden this summer to see all of the different hydrangeas on show.

  • 5,000 Hydrangea to Bloom at Yokokuji Temple in Kyoto

    08.June.2019 | SPOT

    Yanagidani Kannon (Yokokuji Temple) is located in the city of Nagaokakyo in Kyoto Prefecture. The temple has been used as a place of prayer for many people with eye disease since the Heian Period. It is believed that praying at the temple will cure eye disease.

     

    This summer, the temple’s annual Hydrangea Week is set to take place once again from June 8 to July 7 which will welcome around 5,000 hydrangeas, the biggest collect in the whole of Kyoto.

    Yanagidani Kannon is home to a bamboo thicket that was the model for The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter. During the event, you’ll get to take in the sight of 5,000 gorgeous hydrangeas. Additionally, the event will include a special public opening of the Joushoin, or upper study, which is normally open only once a month. From there you can see one of the gardens which was selected as an old garden of the pre-war days. Guests can also receive an original hydrangea goshuin stamp which are available for a limited time only. Part of the treasury house will also be open for public viewing which includes treasures bestowed by the Japanese Imperial family.

    At the Joushoin, visitors can look forward to seeing paintings by Kanō Mitsunobu, a influential artist of the Kanō school of Japanese painting, as well as Konoe Nobutada, both of whom were active during the Azuchi–Momoyama period. The pieces encompass the world of the Man’yōshū, a collection of of ancient Japanese waka poetry, one of which was the impetus for the naming of the new Japanese Reiwa era. For just ¥800, visitors can gain access to both the Joushoin and the treasury.

    The above pictured goshuin stamp will also be available from June 17. There will also be an exhibition of paintings with different showcases each month. In June, Murasakishikibu will be on display. This was painted by Hanko Kajita, a painter who was active in the Meiji and Taisho periods and whose works are displayed in the Tokyo National Museum and Yokohama Museum of Art.

    Don’t miss this year’s hydrangea season at Yokokuji Temple in Kyoto.

  • 5,000 Hydrangeas to Cover Daisho Temple in Saga Prefecture

    02.June.2019 | SPOT

    Daisho Temple is located up 350 meters in Saga Prefecture’s town of Kitagawa. Every year, from early June to late July, around 5,000 hydrangeas of 70 varieties bloom across the area. Since the temple is situated at such an elevated level, those that climb up there can also see a sea of clouds. Because of this, the temple is also nicknamed Tenkuu no Ajisaiji, or “The Hydrangea Temple in the Heavens.”

     

    This year, from June 8 to 30, a festival will be held to celebrate the hydrangeas. Stalls will line the area and be open from 9:00am to 5:00pm.

    A visit to Daisho Temple also means you get to see Japan’s oldest tree, an Inumaki that is over 500 years old, as well as the Mochi and Kashi trees that have merged together to become one.

    If you’re looking to get out into nature in Japan this summer then don’t miss the colourful Hydrangea Festival.

  • Matcha & Hydrangea Festival 2019 Held by Green Tea Store Itohkyuemon

    25.May.2019 | FOOD

    Uji-based green tea store Itohkyuemon is set to hold its Matcha x Hydrangea Matsuri 2019 in line with the hydrangea season until the end of June.

     

    The main branch of Itohkyuemon in Uji is close to Mimuroto Temple, a temple famous for its hydrangea foliage visited by countless tourists during the rainy season. During this season, customers can be waiting up to 3 hours to enter the cafe. Last year, there were even days where they were closed by noon.

     

    Hydrangea Parfait: Single – ¥1,280 (Tax Included) / Tea Set – ¥1,680 (Tax Included) / Yuzu Shizuku & Matcha Set – ¥1,980 (Tax Included)

    The promotional video for Itohkyuemon’s Hydrangea Parfait garnered over 1.5 million views on their official Twitter page. It is the season’s No. 1 parfait, made with matcha hydrangea kinton, crushed hydrangea-coloured jelly, leaf-shaped matcha cookies, blueberries and more. This year, the shop introduces its new Yuzu Shizuku & Matcha Set.

    Hydrangea Panna Cotta: ¥540 (Tax Included)

    Matcha Hydrangea Kinton: ¥777 (Tax Included)

    A variety of hydrangea-themed sweets and desserts will also be available to purchase and can be enjoyed in the cafe or ordered for takeout. This includes the Hydrangea Panna Cotta which sold out last year, the Matcha Hydrangea Kinton and more. All these treats are available in limited quantities.

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