It’s Summer Which Means It’s Hydrangea Season in Japan
Here are 3 spots to visit to experience ajisai.
June and July are the best months for viewing ajisai or hydrangeas. Seeing them bloom all around is definitely a beautiful experience, but to see them floating in the water will lift your mood. We’ll introduce 3 spots to see hydrangeas with chozuya (a place for ritual cleansing of hands and mouth when visiting shrines) decorated with flowers and a colorful lake, selected by the editorial department.
‘Hydrangeas floating in the lake’ of Kyuanji in Ikeda City, Osaka. There is a message, Feel the flowers, feel life and let the flower of ‘Buddha-nature’ in yourself bloom.
Check out the flowers where Ofudosan is enshrined
Uji City, Kyoto Mimurotoji
This old temple known as a famous site for hydrangeas in Japan is called Ajisaidera as its nickname. There are about 50 types, 10 thousand strains blooming between Japanese cedar trees, such as hydrangea serrata popular as a phantasmal hydrangea, western hydrangea, and lacecap hydrangea.
Ajisaien spread near mountain gates. It is a site like an illustrated handscroll
The flowers decorated with hydrangeas and other flowers are a must-see. They can be seen at the chozuya where Fudo Myoo is enshrined, on the left side where you climb the stairs from the grounds of Mimurotoji to the main temple.
Fudo Myoo (Ofudosan) with dignity surrounded by flowers such as hydrangeas and chrysanthemums.
Mimurotoji also known as the 10th kannon sacred place around Saikoku (Western part of Japan, typically around Osaka and Kyoto), while there are other 32 places.
Visiting by train is recommended since admission may be restricted and last entry may be early if the parking lot is jammed on weekends from mid-June during the hydrangea season.
Mimuroji is located at 21 Shigatani, Todou, Uji City, Kyoto and is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. You may contact them at +81-774-21-2067. It is a 15-minute walk from Mimuroto Station via the Keihan Uji Line, 3 minutes by car from Keiji Bypass Ujihigashi IC, 10 minutes by car from Keiji Bypass Ujinishi IC from Osaka direction.
Hydrangeas comfort people
Nagaokakyo City, Kyoto Yanagidanikannon Yokokuji
Juichimen Senjusengen Kanzeon Bosatsu is the principal image of this temple, and it has been a traditional temple for people who suffer from eye trouble. There are about 27 species, 5,000 hydrangeas to see, such as Nanairoajisai that change color, Kurohime, and Kirishimamegumi.
It is located past a bamboo forest, which is said to be the model of a famous Japanese story.
Hanachozu, floating seasonal flowers and plants in chozu water, is held from 2015 to bring down the landscape of the mid-Edo period as a Kyoto Prefecture Shitei Meishou Teien, and it didn’t take long for its beauty of the season to spread on social media.
Juichimen Senjusengen Kanzeon Bosatsu is enshrined in the main temple
You may enjoy them in 5 places including the chozubachi of the main temple
Chief priest Shuneie Kusaka has this to say about the feelings put to the hydrangeas and hanachouzu, “Please spend a comfortable time beyond time and space to heal your mind and body that have become tired in these months of restraint. Yanagidanikannon will support you with each of your new starts. Take off your burden that you have carried in your soul, through hydrangeas and the scenery.”
Fresh flowers were planted from 2015 to hope for calmness in the soul through the five senses along with good luck in the insecure present day
Ajisai week, where you may see the special display of Joshoin and the trove of the temple, is held in the same term. Using the train and shuttle bus ¥300 (only on the 17th) or using a taxi is smoother, since the parking lot may be full and there may be a traffic jam on weekends.
A fair will be held on the 17th each month, and there will be a limited Goshuin stamp
Yanagidanikannon Yokokuji is located at 2 Dounotani, Joudodani, Nagaokakyo City Kyoto and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may contact them at +81-75-956-0017. It is 10 minutes by shuttle bus (only on the 17th every month) from JR Nagaokakyo Station or Nishiyamatennnouzan Station via the Hankyu Kyoto Line, 15 minutes by taxi or 60 minutes on foot from Nagaokatenjin Station via the Hankyu Kyoto Line.
Be fascinated with fantastical hydrangeas floating in the lake!
Ikeda City, Osaka Kyuanji
Kyuanji was built at the order of Emperor Shomu in 725, and it is a traditional temple of Koyasan Shingonshu, started by Gyoki. It is also Kansai Hananotera 12 sacred place, and there are 6 species, about 1,000 hydrangeas such as Annabelle and Sumidanohanabi, spreading beautifully for 4,000㎡ from the tower gate to the reception.
Lead by the hydrangeas, they bloom everywhere in the grounds, path and tower gate
Hydrangeas floating in the lake is a fascinating sight to visitors. Cut hydrangeas floating are an elegant and fantastical view that makes you forget the time. You’ll be gazing at these beautiful blooms for hours.
The hydrangeas are replaced often to maintain the beauty. Gusoku Lake 70㎡ large.
Chief priest Shinso Kuniji has this to say about the catalyst to floating hydrangeas in the pond, “We pick hydrangeas that are finished blooming, float them in the pond and make them colorful again with water. It has been 10 years since we started floating them to have people ‘feel’ the ending of life.”
You may see a natural heart-shaped hydrangea in the grounds
Since there is a bus from Hankyu Ikeda Station, it’s easy to go by train. It’s also great that the parking lot is free.
It is a great spot for pictures, so don’t forget to bring a camera.
As a temple of flowers, green and cultural treasures, the Amidanyoraizo and the tower gate which are national important cultural properties are also famous
Kyuanji is located at 697 Fushiocho, Ikeda City Osaka and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You may contact them at +81-72-752-1857. It is near Kyuanji by bus for Kyuanji from Ikeda Station via the Hankyu Takarazuka Line or 5 minutes by car from Ikedakibe first exit of the Hanshin Expressway Route 11 Ikeda Line.
Provided by Japan WalkerTM, WalkerplusTM, and Kansai WalkerTM (12 June 2020)