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.