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5 Glorious Hydrangea-Viewing Spots in Tokyo

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Don’t let dark clouds ruin your flower viewing! June is the month of hydrangeas in Japan and we’re listing some of the best sites in Tokyo for your very own rainy-day adventure.

Tsuyu (Rainy season) in Japan always makes me feel nostalgic. The first time I ever set foot in this country, much of my trip was spent walking in the rain and under cloud cover. Sometimes, I gazed below at the colorful patterned umbrellas dotting the damp streets from high up in a cafe, museum or karaoke room. And perhaps nothing is more reminiscent of the humid and hazy days of early summer than the dewy pastel petals of hydrangeas in the rain, colors almost blurred like an impressionist painting in the misty air.

The first ajisai (hydrangea) that I saw in Tokyo were roadside ones, but their beauty struck me even when they weren’t gathered together impressively like the ones profiled below. Check out these five especially beautiful hydrangea gardens in the 24th wards for your own magical rainy day walk.

1. Hakusan Shrine (My Bunkyo)

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If you’re looking for a famous ajisai viewing spot in Tokyo proper, perhaps none are as illustrious as Hakusan Shrine and adjacent Hakusan Park which boast over 3000 hydrangeas in full bloom from mid to late June. The unique juxtaposition between the historic architecture and over twenty varieties of flourishing flowers makes for a wonderful photo opportunity. In particular, aim for mid-month’s Bunkyo Hydrangea Festival (June 10th-18th, 2023) which offers lots of fun events for the whole family. Hakusan Shrine, one of Tokyo’s Jissha (10 Shrines) chosen by the Meiji Emperor for peace and protection, is worth a visit as a historic site as well.

time
Anytime (special events will run between 9 am – 5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays)
Location
5-31-26 Hakusan, Bunkyo City, Tokyo – Map
Fees
Free!
Info
Access: 2-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Mita Line’s Hakusan Station and 7-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Nanboku Line’s Hon-Komagome Station

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2. Tamagawadai Park (Ota-ku)

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Just a short walk from Tamagawa station is the lovely Tamagawadai Park. The park spreads along the hills of the Tama River and, on clear days, visitors can catch glimpses of Mount Tanzawa and Mount Fuji. The park itself is vast and hosts a number of attractions, such as a nature trail, an ancient burial ground/tomb and an observation platform. It is also home to an array of plants and gardens, including 300 cherry blossom trees, a seasonal wildflower garden, an aquatic garden and a multitiered hydrangea garden. Here, 3000 ajisai bushes of seven unique varieties bloom gorgeously during the month of June.

time
April to August from 9am-7pm
Location
1-63-1 Denenchofu, Ota City, Tokyo – Map
Fees
Free!
Info
Access: About a 1-minute walk from Tokyu Railways’ Tamagawa Station

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3. Asukayama Park (Kita-ku)

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This park, located in Northern Tokyo, is a delightful response from the busyness of metropolitan life. Asakayama Park is beloved by locals for its abundant cherry blossoms which number about 700 and bloom during March and April. Although lesser known, the park is also home to about 1300 hydrangea bushes that line a picturesque pathway. The hydrangeas, which bloom in seven colors, blossom during the month of June and are located on the northern end of the park, next to the rail tracks. Inside the park, there are also three small museums, a water play space, a playground, retired model trains and a mini-monorail.

time
Park open between 8:30 am – 5:15 pm
Location
1-1-3 Oji, Kita City, Tokyo – Map
Fees
Free!
Info
Access: About a 5-minute walk from JR Keihin-Tohoku Oji Station

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4. Asakusa Choukoku Temple (My Taito)

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Asakusa is famous for its temples and open-air markets. And, in the month of June, the popular Ikiiki Hydrangea Festival is held at Asakusa’s Choukoku Temple (June 19th and 20th, 2023). At the festival, visitors can enjoy viewing 100 rare and exceptional varieties of hydrangeas that have been gathered from across Japan to celebrate the flowers’ beauty. Here, you can also purchase hydrangeas of several types and colors for about ¥1500 a plant.

time
12pm – 5pm (Saturdays); 10am – 4pm (Sundays)
Location
3-19-6 Senzoku, Taito City, Tokyo – Map
Fees
Free!
Info
Access: About an 8-minute walk from Tokyo Metro’s Hibiya Line’s Iriya Station

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5. Kyunaka River Waterside Park (Edogawa-ku/Koto-ku)

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The Kyunaka River Waterside Park stretches an impressive 2767 meters long and includes extensive walking paths. The park is home to 259 cherry trees, making it a famous site for cherry blossom viewing during March and April. Not only does it have sakura, but visitors during the rainy season will behold a magnificent array of hydrangeas located along the river between the JR Sobu Line and Fureai-bashi Bridge. The park is particularly popular for hydrangea photographers drawn by the view of the blooms and water with Tokyo Skytree in the distance. During early June’s (2023 date is undecided as of yet) Kyunaka River Hydrangea Festival, you can even take a cruise boat or canoe along the river for an unusual view of these stunning plants.

time
Always open
Location
1-11 Higashisumida, Sumida City, Tokyo – Map
Fees
Free!
Info
About a 15-minute walk from Keisei Oshiage Line or Asakusa Toei Line’s Yahiro Station (main park) or 8-minute walk from Tobu Kameido Line’s Kameidosuijin Station (hydrangea festival area)

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Before leaving home for one of these beautiful parks and gardens, don’t forget to grab your umbrella on the way out! Luckily, rain or shine, these ajisai are every bit worth a special trip.



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