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Where to See Hydrangeas During the Rainy Season – Top 5 Spots Near Yokota

In the months of June and July, the Kanto region is blooming with beautiful flowers! In fact, much like the more famous hanami cherry blossom viewing season, hydrangeas or ajisai are an icon of the rainy season in Japan. The […]

In the months of June and July, the Kanto region is blooming with beautiful flowers! In fact, much like the more famous hanami cherry blossom viewing season, hydrangeas or ajisai are an icon of the rainy season in Japan. The bright colors of hydrangeas will certainly lift up your spirits on a muggy rainy day! Here are our top 5 spots to get to within about an hour of Yokota Air Base and enjoy some of the hydrangeas in our local area.

  1. Takahata Fudoson Kongoji in Hino (45 min) – this temple complex with a pagoda is surrounded by thousands of hydrangeas. Follow the trail to the top of the hill for views of the Tokyo skyline, and you’ll also be experiencing a replica of the famous Shikoku Pilgrimage 700 mile hike.
  2. Shiofune Kannon-ji near Ome (35 min) – pay a visit to a Buddhist temple celebrating the female Buddhist Guanyin and see azaleas, irises and hydrangeas along with a pond of ducks, tadpoles and frogs.
  3. Minamisawa Ajisai “Hydrangea Mountain” in Akiruno (45 min) – this local “hydrangea attraction” celebrated its 50 year anniversary in 2020. There is a small entrance fee and fee for parking, and a coffee shop in the park. Much more information can be found on their website, and a Yokota local covers it on Mr.&Mrs.Yung×陽氏酒窩夫妻
  4. Kyodo no Mori Park in Fuchu (40 min) – this kid friendly park on the Tama River (near Tama Hills) has ponds, playgrounds, a museum with a planetarium, and a quick service spot to eat or buy picnic food.
  5. Showa Kinen Park in Tachikawa (15-20 min) – we are lucky to have one of the best spots for viewing flowers in Tokyo, in any season, right in our own backyard! Check the Flowering Tree Garden especially for hydrangeas, but while you’re there, enjoy walking and biking trails, play areas at the Children’s Forest, and an amazing collection of bonsai trees at the Japanese Garden.

BONUS SPOT! Minoyama Park in Saitama (1.5 hours drive) – for those wanting to go for a bit more of a day trip, this mountain is out in the Chichibu District. Parking is free, the area is kid friendly with flat areas to play and run, and the trail is short to view the flowers.

Mountain views astound at Minoyama Park, photo credit: Suchada Sepassi

Don’t forget to take photos, and leave a comment below if you make it out to any of these spots, or have others to recommend!!

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