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.

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    10.September.2020 | FASHION / SPOT

    teamLab’s annual A Forest Where Gods Live exhibition is currently taking place at Mifuneyama Rakuen Park in Saga Prefecture until November 8, 2020. For autumn this year, the digital art team has introduced a seasonal piece entitled Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain.

    Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain
    teamLab, 2018, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

    Available to see for this autumn season only, ​Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain showcases Kasane no Irome, which are nuances of layered colours that were seasonal colours created in silk before Japan’s modern era, in the form of lit lamps.

    The lamps in the exhibition shine brightly and then fade. In the light, one can see the eight autumn Kasane no Irome colours: Budding Leaves, Green Leaves, Fallen Green Leaves, Yellow Leaves, Fallen Yellow Leaves, Fallen Leaves, Fallen Red Leaves, and Autumn Leaves.

    Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup
    teamLab, 2016, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

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    Ever Blossoming Life Rock
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    Megaliths in the Bath House Ruins
    teamLab, 2019, Interactive Digital Installation

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    Visitors can also get set tickers which includes entry to the exhibition as well as a dip in the Rakan no Yu hot springs of Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel. These tickets are limited to 40 people per day.

  • teamLab’s Interactive Digital Art Exhibition to Open at Takeo Hot Springs in Kyushu This July

    21.July.2020 | SPOT

    teamLab’s annual digital art exhibition teamLab: A Forest Where Gods Live, which is held every year from summer to autumn at Mifuneyama Rakuen’s Takeo Hot Springs, is collaborating with Rakan no Yu, a new sauna facility which opened at the Kyushu-based hot spring facility and won first place in Sauna Chelan 2019.

     

    The exhibition will open in the 500,000 square meter Mifuneyama Rakuen Park on July 22, 2020 to both guests and non-guests of Mifuneyama Rakuen Hotel, Onyado Chikurintei, and other surrounding accommodations. Set tickets to enjoy both Rakan no Yu and the teamLab exhibition went on sale on July 20 and are limited to 40 people per day.


    Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats – Mifuneyama Rakuen Pond​
    teamLab, 2015, Interactive Digitized Nature, 13min 24sec, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

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    In June 2020, a dry sauna and new baths were added to Rakan no Yu’s women’s open air baths. Guests can enjoy the meditation sauna, indoor and outdoor baths, hot springs, and more in both the men’s and women’s sections.

    Ever Blossoming Life Rock
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  • Kyoto Sightseeing | Yokokuji Temple’s Annual Hydrangea Week Event Announced

    13.June.2020 | SPOT

    This year’s Hydrangea Week at Yokokuji Temple is set to take place from June 13 to July 5 where 5,000 breathtaking hydrangea will take over the temple grounds.

     

    Yanagidani Kannon, also known as Yokokuji Temple, is located in Kyoto Prefecture’s city of Nagaokakyo and 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.

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    Entry Times: 9:30-14:30

     

    Limited Edition Goshuin: “Oku-no-in,” “Wagan-aigo,” “Airyoku”

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    For Hydrangea Week, you can get the following words written in your book: Oku-no-in (Inner Shrine) Wagan-aigo, (Gentle Face, Loving Words), and Airyoku (Power of Love).

     

    Goshuin: “Omoi”

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    Seasonal Pressed Flower Goshuin Kit

    This special goshuin kit has you pressing your own flowers to create your own personal and unique design. The theme of this kit changes each season. For June, the theme is hydrangeas.

     

    Price: ¥1,000

     

    Hydrangea Goshuincho

    The temple is also selling seven different goshuincho stamp books. Orders are being carried out on the official website.

     

    Price: ¥3,500 (+¥500 handling fees)

     

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    Items Bestowed to the Imperial Household & Buddhist Art

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    Arita Toukichi is a marketplace in the town of Arita in Saga Prefecture which bustles every year with people all year round who flock there to buy the town’s famous Arita porcelain wares. However, due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the market has been postponed and instead has temporarily moved online.

     

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  • Kyoto Sightseeing | 4 Must-Visit Hydrangea Spots For Your Kyoto Sightseeing

    05.July.2019 | SPOT

    Japan’s hydrangea bloom every year during the country’s rainy season. Their gorgeous hues add colour to the dim melancholy of the downpours. Today, we will showcase four must-visit locations to witness the hydrangeas blossom in Kyoto, an ancient city flourishing with a myriad of tourist spots.

     

    Hydrangea have a relatively short bloom period, so if you’re in Kyoto for the rainy downfall, why not visit some of these places during your sightseeing?

     

    Today, we are joined by Instagrammer Macchan who will provide her picturesque photos from her Instagram page of the sites we are looking at.

     

    Shorinji Temple

    At Shorinji Temple in Higashiyama ward, visitors are able to participate in experiencing a variety of ancient customs from zazen meditation to eating traditional rice porridge known as asagayu. Right now the temple is carrying out a special type of flower watering (hanachōzu) on weekends. It sees the water at the chōzuya or temizuya―which are seen at temples and shrines in Japan and are used to cleanse your hands and mouth before entering―positioned so it trickles onto the flowers.This flower watering is also carried out at Shorinji Temple in spring to celebrate the birth of Buddha, something else the temple is famous for. And right now is the season for hydrangea.

     

    It’s fun looking forward to seeing what flowers they have there every week. Keep in mind however that there are periods when the watering isn’t held, so be sure to check the official website to see when it’s on.

     

    ▼Shorinji Temple

    Address: 15-795 Honmachi, Higashiyama Ward, Kyoto
    TEL: 075-561-4311

    Official Website: http://shourin-ji.org/

     

     

    Yanagidani Kannon (Yokokuji Temple)

    Yanagidani Kannon, also known as Yokokuji Temple, has been used as a place of prayer for many people since the Heian Period (794-1185) as it is believed that doing so will cure eye disease. It is also called Nishi no Shimizu (“Spring Water in the West”) and has been loved by the people of Kyoto since ancient times.

    This temple too is is carrying out hanachōzu with a pastel coloured hydrangea bed. The flower collection is extremely cute and a spectacular sight to behold.

    This photo was taken in the temple gardens with another hanachōzu. It uses much bigger hydrangea; they really stand out from the rest of the environment. This garden has been kept beautiful since the Heian period and it is famous for its collection of hydrangea. The temple is currently holding its annual Hydrangea Week event until July 7 where lots of people visit to catch a glimpse of these transient beauties.

     

    Also, on the 17th of every month, an event is carried out where visitors can decorate their goshuincho―books used to collect stamps and seals known as goshuin at shrines and temples across Japan―with pressed flowers. If you’re a flower fanatic then we highly recommend you visit Yanagidani Kannon.

     

    ▼Yanagidani Kannon

    Address: Yanagidani Kannon, Yokokuji Temple (Dōnotani-2 Jōdodani, Nagaokakyo, Kyoto)

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

    Official Website: https://yanagidani.jp/

     

     

    Yoshimine-dera Temple

    Yoshimine-dera Temple is famous for its weeping cherry trees. Around 8,000 trees line the temple’s sudden slope. In the photo, Macchan took her photo look up at the hydrangea, but from the top of the hill you can witness a scenic, unbroken view of Kyoto with the hydrangea in the foreground.

     

    It’s not just hydrangea that bloom at Yoshimine-dera Temple however. Many other types of flowers sprout their way up from the soil too such as rhododendrons and crepe myrtles, so you can enjoy the colours of nature even outside the hydrangea season.

     

    Yoshimine-dera Temple

    Address: 1372 Ōharano Oshiochō, Nishikyō, Kyoto

    TEL: 075-331-0020

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

     

     

    Kanon-ji Temple

    Kanon-ji Temple in Tanba is famous as being the temple home to the oldest hydrangea in the entire Kansai region of Japan. The spiritual power of Kannon, the Goddess of Mercy, is said to cure eye disease here just like at Yokokuji Temple. 10,000 plants of 100 species of hydrangea bloom at Kanon-ji Temple.

     

    The Terachaya Cafe is open during the hydrangea period, so you can enjoy a relaxing cup of tea or coffee while gazing at the flowers.

     

    ▼Kanon-ji Temple

    Address: 1067 Kannonji, Fukuchiyama, Kyoto

    TEL: 0773-27-1618

    Official Website: http://www.tanba-ajisaidera.com/keidai/index.html

     

    Macchan has countless photos taken at many other spots in Kyoto. Be sure to check out her page and enjoy your sightseeing in Kyoto.

     

    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.

  • 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.

  • teamLab’s ‘A Forest Where Gods Live’ Exhibition Returns to Saga in 2019

    01.March.2019 | SPOT

    teamLab’s annual A Forest Where Gods Live exhibition is set to take place for the fifth year in a row from July until October 31 at Mifuneyama Rakuen Park in Saga Prefecture.


    The exhibition is part of teamLab’s Digitized Nature project which is conscious of how nature has formed over a very long period of time, and that we can gain a sense of the continuity of nature by turning it into art through forms like rocks, caves and forests. This is the same at Mifuneyama Rakuen where these elements have formed over a long time which people across all generations have sought meaning in them.

     

    Mifuneyama Rakuen Park opened in 1845 and spans an enormous 500,000 square meters. It is considered a National Treasure of Japan.

     

    Standing at the borderline of the park is the grand and scared 3,000-year-old Okusu tree of Takeo Shrine. The park is also home to another 300 year old Okusu tree which sits in the heart of the forest. teamLab notes how the border between the garden and the wild forest is ambiguous and that before people know it, they have already entered the woods and animal trails.


    teamLab will use the rocks, caves and forest to encourage contemplation of the meaning of “Continuous Life” through their digital art which while is non-material does not harm nature in any way.

     

    List of Major Works

    Drawing on the Water Surface Created by the Dance of Koi and Boats – Mifuneyama Rakuen Pond
    teamLab, 2015, Interactive Digitized Nature, 13min 24sec, Sound: Hideaki Takahash

     

    Life is Continuous Light – Azalea Valley
    teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

     

    Ever Blossoming Life Rock
    teamLab, 2017, Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

     

    Universe of Water Particles on a Sacred Rock
    teamLab, 2017, Digitized Nature

     

    Rock Wall Spatial Calligraphy, Continuous Life – Five Hundred Arhats
    teamLab, 2017, Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

     

    Resonating Forest – Cherry Blossoms and Maple
    teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digitized Nature, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

     

    Abstract and Concrete – Forest Entrance
    teamLab, 2018, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

     

    Graffiti Nature – Living in the Ruins of a Bathhouse
    teamLab, 2017, Interactive Digital Installation, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

     

    Flowers Bloom in an Infinite Universe inside a Teacup
    teamLab, 2016, Interactive Digital Installation, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

     

    Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke
    teamLab, 2018, Interactive Installation, Murano Glass, LED, Endless, Sound: Hideaki Takahashi

     

    This is just a sample of the exhibitions set to arrive this year. teamLab has many new pieces in the works, so don’t miss out on the chance to experience this wonderful coming together of digital art and nature.

  • Autumn Arrives at teamLab’s Art Exhibition at Mifuneyama Rakuen in Saga Prefecture

    04.September.2018 | SPOT

    Digitized Nature is a project organized by the creative group teamLab under the slogan ‘Nature Becomes Art’ that makes use of extraordinary digital art. teamLab notes how nature has formed over a very long period of time, and that we can gain a sense of the continuity of nature by turning it into art through forms like rocks, caves and forests.

    teamLab are currently showcasing their ‘earth music & ecology’ exhibition titled ‘A Forest Where Gods Live’ at Mifuneyama Rakuen. One of the pieces there is called ‘Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest,’ which has just been updated to incorporate the autumnal colours known as kasane no irome.

     

    Before the modern era of Japan, kasane no irome, or ‘layered colours,’ were autumn colours created in silk. They were a complex combination of front and back colours (silk during this time was so thin that the material was transparent, creating complicated colors), overlapping colour gradations, and combinations of warp and weft.

    The updated exhibition, entitled Forest and Spiral of Resonating Lamps in the Forest – One Stroke, Autumn Mountain, makes use of these colours with lamps which fade in and out 8 autumn-time colours including reds and greens.


    The group’s ‘earth music & ecology: A Forest Where Gods Live’ was packed up by news platforms around the world including CNN and even came top designboom’s Top 10 Art Installations of 2017. This year marks the 4th run of the exhibition which takes the form of a huge garden spanning 500,000 square meters. It features new digital art installations as well as the old ones which change and manipulate as people walk by them. Mifuneyama Rakuen first opened in 1845 and is a nationally registered place of scenic beauty.

     

    Witness the worlds of technology and nature collide with your own eyes.

     

    ■Information

    #かみさまがすまう森, #teamLab, #earthmusicandecology
    Venue: Mifuneyama Rakuen (4100 Takeocho Oaza Takeo, Takeo, Saga Prefecture)

    Running: July 19, 2018 – October 28, 2018
    Cooperation: earth music&ecology
    Entry Price: Adults – ¥1,200 / High School & Middle School Students – ¥800 / Elementary School Students & Infants – Free
    Tickets: Available via Lawson Tickets (L-Code: 82825) and at the venue.
    Lawson Ticket Link: http://l-tike.com/order/?gLcode=82825

     

    Times
    ・July 19 – August 14
    1st Entry: 20:00-22:30 / 2nd Entry: 19:00-22:30
    ・August 15 – September 9
    1st Entry: 19:30-22:30 / 2nd Entry: 18:30-22:30
    ・September 10 – September 30
    1st Entry: 19:00-22:30/ 2nd Entry: 18:00-22:30
    ・October 1 – October 28
    1st Entry: 18:30-22:30 / 2nd Entry: 17:30-22:30
    *2nd entries open one hour earlier than 1st entries.
    *”Drawing on the Water Surface with Lotus Flowers” installation open until 1st entries start.

     

    Access:
    ・5 minutes by taxi from JR Takeo-Onsen Station
    ・8 minutes by bus from JR buses bound for Ureno Onsen (嬉野温泉) from Takeo-Onsen Station
    ・1 hour 20 minutes by train from Hakata Station
    ・40 minutes by car from Nagasaki Airport
    ・50 minutes by car from Saga Airport
    ・1 hour 10 minutes from Fukuoka Airport

     

    earth music&ecology A Forest Where Gods Live Website: http://mifuneyamarakuen.teamlab.art

    teamLab Website (English): https://www.teamlab.art/

    teamLab Website (Japanese): http://teamlab.art/jp/

  • Hydrangea Festival to Take Place at Maizuru Natural Cultural Park in Kyoto

    08.June.2018 | SPOT

    Maizuru Natural Cultural Park is famous as the leading spot for hydrangea flowers in the Kansai region. The Ajisai Matsuri festival will take place from June 8 to July 8 where you can glance 100,000 hydrangeas.

    舞鶴自然文化園 アジサイまつり あじさい 絶景 青

    Entry to the park costs ¥300 for adults and ¥150 for kids. You can also get in for free if you’ve purchased a Maizuri Kamaboko 1-day bus ticket.

    舞鶴自然文化園 アジサイまつり あじさい 紫

    Right now is the peak season to see the 20,000㎡ of blues, whites and purples known as the Sea of Hydrangeas. It’s an extremely popular spot for taking photos.

    舞鶴自然文化園 アジサイまつり あじさい フォトジェニック

    To celebrate the opening of the festival, the first 30 people to arrive on any of the first three days (June 8-10) will receive an original postcard. There will also be a chance to see hydrangeas being replanted, an opportunity to plan for yourself, mini concerts and other small fun events.

    舞鶴自然文化園 アジサイまつり あじさい舞鶴自然文化園 アジサイまつり あじさい 絶景

    Get lose in the sea of hydrangeas this summer at Maizuru Natural Cultural Park.

     

    ■Information

    Maizuru Natural Cultural Park ‘Ajisai Matsuri 2018’

    Address: 24-12 Taneji, Maizuri, Kyoto

    Running: June 8, 2018 – July 8, 2018 (*No closing days)

    Time: 9am-5pm (Last Entries 4:30pm)

     

    Main Events:

    Opening Service: The first 30 people to arrive on each day between June 8-10 will receive an original postcard.

    Ajisai  Purchasing: Around 320 hydrangeas will be sold from June 8 at 9am-4pm. First-come, first-served.

    Wan Wan Hiroba (Free): A dog run will take place on June 9 and 10 in part of the park.

    Mini Concert (Free): June 17 – ‘The Last Order’ a capella at 11:00 / Japanese harp performance at 14:00

    Hydrangea Market: Purchase local vegetables, handmade items and more on June 23-24 at 10am-3pm.

    Hydrangea Replanting Display (Free): July 1-8 (Time differs day to day. Whenever needed.)

    Hydrangea Planting: 30 people max. ¥100 each. July 7.

    Park Entry Price: Adults ¥300 / Children ¥150

    *Entry to the park is normally free but a fee will be in place during the festival.

    *Discounts available for groups of 20+ people.

    *Free entry if you’ve purchased a Maizuri Kamaboko 1-day bus ticket (Adults ¥1,000 / Children ¥500).

    *Half price for those who present a Physical Disability Certificate, Rehabilitation Certificate, Mentally Handicapped Welfare Certificate, Wounded and Sick Retired Soldier Certificate, or Atomic Bomb Survivor Certificate.

     

    Commuter Access:

    ・Train / Bus

    From Platform 2 of JR Higashi-Maizuru Station, get the Kyoto Kotsu bus (京都交通バス) bound for Mihama (三浜線), ride for about 30 minutes and get off at Maizuru Natural Cultural Park (舞鶴自然文化園).

     

    ・Car

    From Maizuri-Higashi interchange on Maizuru-Wakasa Expressway ride by way of Japan National Route 27~Fumichi 21 for 20-minutes. (2 hours 30 minutes from Kyoto, Osaka and Kobe)

     

    For enquiries regarding the Hydrangea Festival, contact 0773-68-0221 (9am-5pm)

    Maizuri Tourist Information: http://www.maizuru-kanko.net/

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