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Photo: Fuchu City Local Forest Museum

9 best places to see hydrangeas in Tokyo

Find these early-summer flowers in temples, gardens and parks around the city, including Ueno Park and Tokyo Bay

By Dina Kartit
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Hydrangeas, also known as ajisai in Japanese, are commonly associated with the onset of the rainy season – just like cherry blossoms are with spring. Their vivid blue, purple, pink, or even snow-white colours make them instantly identifiable and enliven those dreary, wet days. A popular legend even says that finding a snail on a hydrangea is a sign of good fortune. 

Every year, you can spot these charming flowers throughout Tokyo, with bushes blooming in some of the city's best parks, such as Ueno Park, shrines like Hakusan Shrine and even as far out as Fuchu. Grab your umbrella and head to these spots to see the most beautiful hydrangeas in the capital.

Hydrangea hotspots

Fuchu City Local Forest Museum
Fuchu City Local Forest Museum
Photo: Fuchu City Local Forest Museum

Fuchu City Local Forest Museum

Museums Fuchu

Every year, from June to mid-July, the Local Forest Museum hosts a hydrangea festival, which features around 10,000 flowers of 30 different varieties spread out over the museum’s 140,000sqm garden. On Annabelle's Road and Annabelle's Hill, you can enjoy beautiful white Annabelle hydrangeas and their sweet scents. Aside from that, the museum features old farmhouses, townhouses, and historic buildings filled with local artefacts.

Entry is ¥300 for adults, ¥150 for children up to junior high school age and free for kids under 4.

 genki/PIXTA | Takahata Fudoson Temple
 genki/PIXTA | Takahata Fudoson Temple
Photo: genki/PIXTA | Takahata Fudoson Temple

Takahata Fudoson

Attractions Religious buildings and sites Tama area

Built in the 8th century, this ancient temple has more than 200 types of hydrangeas – about 7,500 flowers in total – blooming from June to early July in its garden. The vibrant flowers surrounding the 45m five-story pagoda blend beautifully with the vermillion colour of the tower. The flowers also spread along the mountain behind the temple where you’ll also find 88 small standing Jizo statues, creating a mystical ambiance. 

The temple was owned by a famous member of the Shinsengumi police force during the Edo period. Dedicated to Fudo Myo-o, the temple has a massive wooden sculpture of the Buddhist deity that weighs 1,100kg and is said to be the largest of its kind in Japan. 

 

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pianoman555/Photo AC | Hydrangea Park, Kodaira
pianoman555/Photo AC | Hydrangea Park, Kodaira
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Hydrangea Park

Attractions Parks and gardens Tama area

Built in 1973, the local Hydrangea Park in Kodaira city covers an area of about 2,800 square metres and has over 1,500 hydrangeas blooming every year from mid-June. Hydrangeas bloom along sidewalk lanes, rock stairs, and around a pond with floating light-pink water lilies, adding to the park's quiet atmosphere. The park is about five minutes away from Kodaira Station on the Seibu Shinjuku Line.

Ueno Park
Ueno Park
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

Ueno Park

Things to do Ueno

One of Japan's first public parks, this sprawling green space in central Tokyo is a famous spot for cherry blossoms in spring and hydrangeas in summer. You’ll find hydrangeas of different species growing along beside the park's many paths. The best time to see them is from mid-June to early July. The temple in the middle of the park’s lake is a great photo spot.

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TECHD/Photo AC | Asukayama Park
TECHD/Photo AC | Asukayama Park
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Asukayama Park

Attractions Parks and gardens Oji

Asukayama Park in northern Tokyo has been a popular spot for cherry blossoms since the Edo period (1603-1867), but the park is also known for its hydrangea garden, which reaches its peak in June. The Hydrangea Road has approximately 1,300 flowers, all running along a slope beside the JR Keihin Tohoku Line track. Note that on a rainy day, the narrow path can become a bit treacherous, so take care when walking.

The park also has two museums, including one dedicated to the history of the local Kita ward, going right back to prehistoric times.

 tenjou/PIXTA | Tamagawadai Park
 tenjou/PIXTA | Tamagawadai Park
Photo: tenjou/PIXTA | Tamagawa Dai Park

Tamagawadai Park

Attractions Parks and gardens Denenchofu

Just one minute’s walk from Tamagawa Station lies Tamagawadai Park and its multilevel hydrangea garden. Around 3,000 hydrangea shrubs of seven different types bloom from early to mid-June, especially along the laneways, steps, and slopes around the station. The park also features a kofun (ancient burial mound), an observation deck, a water botanical garden, a seasonal wildflower garden and more.

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獣[ju]の一員/Photo AC | Hama-rikyu Gardens
獣[ju]の一員/Photo AC | Hama-rikyu Gardens
Photo: 獣[ju]の一員/Photo AC | Hama-rikyu Gardens

Hamarikyu Gardens

Attractions Parks and gardens Shiodome

This traditional Japanese garden tucked among skyscrapers on the edge of Tokyo Bay was once a hunting ground for the Tokugawa shogunate. From mid-May to mid-June, the garden features roughly 175 hydrangea bushes of seven different species blooming alongside a thousand Japanese irises – the colourful flowers blend beautifully together. The garden also has several traditional tea houses, so you can relax over cuppa after exploring the garden.

Entry is ¥300 for adults, ¥150 for seniors and free for school-age kids.

Tokyo Summerland, Wonderful Nature Village
Tokyo Summerland, Wonderful Nature Village
Photo: Tokyo Summerland, Wonderful Nature Village

Tokyo Summerland Wonderful Nature Village

Things to do Tama area

Tokyo Summerland is well known for its water park, but it also boasts a 30,000sqm garden called Wonderful Nature Village, popular for over 15,000 hydrangea plants, which bloom from mid-June to early July.

The garden's most notable feature is Annabelle's Snow Mountain, an area with over 3,000 pure white Annabelle hydrangeas covering the slopes of a hill with a dedicated viewing spot at the top. You’ll need to do a bit of walking to see all the flowers, so we recommend wearing comfortable shoes.

Entrance costs ¥850 (free for kids below elementary school age) and you can bring your dog for an extra ¥450.

 

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Sumida Park
Sumida Park
Photo: Kisa Toyoshima

Sumida Park

Attractions Parks and gardens Asakusa

Flanking both sides of the Sumida River, this park offers a welcoming retreat after you've worn yourself out sightseeing in nearby Asakusa. Spring is the best time to visit, when more than 1,000 sakura trees lining both banks burst into bloom, although people visiting later in the year haven't missed out on all the excitement – the last weekend in July brings an enormous fireworks display. There are also plenty of attractions nearby, including shopping streets, Asakusa Shrine and Sensoji Temple.

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