May. 20, 2019 UPDATE

Ajisai (hydrangea) Festival

- あじさい祭 -
PeriodJune 15th - July 13th, 2019
VenueSanzen-in Temple
Overflowing hydrangeas in one of the oldest temples in Kyoto
Located in the countryside of northern Kyoto called Ohara, Sanzen-in Temple was established between the years 782 and 806. Then, it was officially named “Sanzen-in” in 1871. Sanzen-in Temple is also famous for hydrangeas and about 3,000 of them beautifully bloom every year from the mid-June to July. There are various kinds of hydrangeas in Sanzen-in Temple such as hydrangea hirta, star hydrangea, Hydrangea macrophylla subsp and more. During the Ajisai (hydrangea) Festival, charity event for poor people will be held and “Bokuseki (calligraphies written by high priests)” are sold in the precinct. Please enjoy the gorgeous and colorful hydrangeas in the solemn temple in Ohara.
Beautiful hydrangeas
Beautiful hydrangeas
When you step into the garden of Sanzen-in Temple, you may be amazed by the gorgeous and colorful hydrangeas. If you look closely at several hydrangeas, you will notice the differences in colors, shapes and sizes. Japanese people feel that the rainy season has arrived when we find the beautiful hydrangeas. Please have the peaceful and relaxing time in the garden of hydrangeas!
Yusei-en Garden
Yusei-en Garden
Yusei-en Garden is a moss garden which is categorized as a “pond strolling style” garden. It’s a beautiful moss garden where you can find 6 jizo statues called, “warabe jizo”. Enjoy your stroll through this garden and take in the joy shared by these little statues. During the autumn, beautiful maple leaves changing colors can be seen, and during the spring, cherry trees planted around the area can be seen blooming. Even during the rain, the moss garden is beautiful as the colors of the moss change.
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Enjoy various kinds of hydrangeas
You will surely enjoy the different kinds of hydrangeas in the precinct of Sanzen-in Temple! As hydrangeas bloom beautifully from mid-June for a month, please feel free to visit Ohara during your stay.
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Sanzen-in Temple is one of my favorite temples in Kyoto as it is located in Ohara where you feel nature among mountains. Various kinds of hydrangeas will make you feel astonished and the combination of beautiful temple and colorful hydrangeas is simply exquisite. This temple is also famous for Yusei-en Garden which is a moss garden categorized as a “pond strolling style”. Please find the cute statue of Jizo which is a guardian deity of children there!
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Ajisai (hydrangea) Festival / あじさい祭
Phone +81 75-744-2531
Address 540 Ohara Raigoincho, Sakyo-ku Kyoto-shi, Kyoto, 601-1242
Directions ・1-hour on bus from Kyoto Station (C3 area) on Bus #17. Get off at"Ohara" stop (last bus stop on bus #17) and walk about 10 minutes up the hill. ・23-minute on bus from Kyoto Subway Kokusai Kaikan Station (#3 area) . Get off at "Ohara" stop and walk about 10 minutes up the hill.
Event time 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Price range
Adults 700yen, middle and high school students 400yen, elementary school students 150yen.
Credit cards Not accepted
Overseas Tourist-Friendly
Although the foreign language service during the event is not available, there are information brochures in 4 languages.
Information Information brochures in 4 languages are available
Lanuages spoken Japanese only
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