Jun 13, 2013

Flower viewing in the rainy seasons (Tokyo area)

To be honest, when I was younger I was not interested in viewing flowers at all. I didn't understand why older people traveled far only to see flowers, but I learned to appreciate the ephemeral beauty of flowers before I knew it. Very strange. I'm wondering if the same thing happens to any aging people?

Anyway, last weekend my husband and I went to 生田緑地、or Ikuta Park, Kawasaki City, about 30-minutes by car from my place, to see see あじさい (ajisai, hydrangeas).

Although we can usually enjoy hydrangeas about this time of the year -- in June and July, they haven't been in full bloom yet, maybe because we haven't had much rain this year despite that the rainy season started very early.

In Kanto area including Tokyo, it has been raining these last few days due to the typhoon that turned into a low atmospheric pressure, but in other areas we have already started worrying about possible water shortage.

Very typical type of hydrangea. When the soil is alkaline, the hydrangea flowers become blue like this one.


Different type hydrangea. I don't know the exact name. 

Seems like we'll need to wait a little longer to see this small hill covered with hydrangeas.

Instead, 菖蒲 (しょうぶ、shobu), or blue flag iris, were at their best in the same park.

Aren't they beautiful? Shobu flowers can be enjoyed till the end of this month. 

This lage park, having an art museum, a planetarium and old folk houses moved from other locations, is definitely worth visiting, but there's one problem. It is not very easily accessible if you don't have a car. For information, click here (English). 

If you are looking for somewhere easier to go, how about these following two places? 

堀切菖蒲園 Horikiri Shobu-en: 2-19-1 Horkiri, Katsushika-ku, Tokyo. Open 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. (till 6 p.m. in June). Admission free. 15-min. walk from Horkiri Shobu-en station on the Keisei Line. 

明治神宮御苑 Meiji Jingu Gyoen, a part of the famous Meiji Shrine in Harajuku.  1-1 Yoyogi Kamizono-cho, Shibuya-ku Tokyo. Very close to JR Harajuku Station. Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

To see hydrangea, I recommend: 

白山神社 Hakusan Shrine, Bunkyo Ward: 5-31-26 Hakusan, Bunkyo Ward, Tokyo, 3-min. walk from Hakusan station on the subway Mita Line, or 5-min. walk from Honkomagome station on the subway Nanboku Line.

飛鳥山公園 Asukayama Park, 1-1-3 Oji Honcho,Kita-ku Tokyo, 1-min. walk from Oji station on the JR Keihin Tohoku Line.

高幡不動尊 Takahata Fudoson shrine, 733 Takahata, Hino City, Tokyo, 5-min. walk from Takahata Fudo station on the Keio Line.

Today's useful expression: あじさいが とても きれいです。 Ajisai ga totemo kirei desu. These hydrangeas are very pretty. 


  1. Yukoさん、こんにちは〜

    I hope that enough rain will come for the areas that need it. We've also been in the same situation here in Australia... we had a long drought but thankfully it stopped a while ago. ^^;;

    I finished my exams on Saturday, so now I'm free! ^0^ You took some very lovely photos of the hydrangeas~ so pretty!

  2. サマンサさん、こんにちは!!

    Thank you for visiting my blog regularly. いつもありがとう!Your nice comment always encourages me.

    These days we have enough rain... maybe too much rain. Now we are worried about water-related disasters such as floods and landslides. Sigh...

    Your exams were finished! Omedeto! Are you having a good time?

    1. Yes~ I'm enjoying myself a lot, even if it is mostly indoors. ^0^ I should probably go out shopping with mum, since she's been asking for a while... ^^;;

      I'm always learning new things when I visit your blog~ so I finally decided to keep a journal of all the Japanese words I've learnt. So far, I've only written Hiragana and Katakana.......