The Peak Season is Now for 9,000 Japanese Iris Plants Blooming in Sakura Castle Ruins Park

09.June.2018 | SPOT

The peak season for Japanese irises is about to arrive. 9,000 plants of all different colours including purple, yellow and white will decorate Sakura Castle Ruins Park.

佐倉城址公園 千葉 花菖蒲

Sakura Castle was built in the Edo Period in the city of Sakura in Chiba Prefecture. The Japanese iris is a symbol of the castle town, and you can enjoy them now at the castle ruins.

佐倉城址公園 千葉 花菖蒲 アップ佐倉城址公園 千葉 花菖蒲 佐倉城

The irises will also battle for bloom with surrounding hydrangeas. The flowers that grow in the rainy season are a sight to behold whether on a clear day or a wet day.

 

There’s also a festival taking place for the irises at the castle on June 9 and 10. The ruins will bustle with people enjoying the food and drink booths.

 

Enjoy a day out with family and friends alongside Sakura’s famous Japanese irises at the site of Sakura Castle.

 

■Information
Sakura Castle Iris Festival
Location: Sakura Castle Ruins Park (Free Entry + Free Parking)

Date: June 9, 2018―June 10, 2018

Time: 10:00-16:00 (will take place even if it rains)

TEL: 043-486-6000 (Sakurashi Sight Seeing Information Center)

 

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    成田ゆめ牧場 ホタルの夕べ

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    ■Information

    Hotaru no Yuube (‘Firefly Evening’)

    Address: Narita Dream Dairy Farm, 730 Nagi, Narita, Chiba Prefecture

    Running: June 2, 2018 / June 3, 2018 / July 14, 2018 / July 15, 2018

    Time: 19:30-21:00 (Last Entries 20:30) *Open until 20:30 on June 3 (Last Entries 20:00)

    Price: ¥300 (For those aged 3+. Separate fee applies for entry to the farm.)

     

    Farm Entry Price (From 17:00)

    Adults (13+): ¥200

    Children (3+): ¥100

    No pet fee required for dogs.

     

    TEL: 0476-96-1001

    Website: http://www.yumebokujo.com

    *Free parking from 17:00.

    *5-minutes for each person in the firefly room.

     

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