written by Ryohei Endo

What is Michinoku hydrangea garden? The best hydrangea festival in Japan is held!

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Good evening, I’m ryo!

Thank you for coming to my Blog.

There’re a lot of wonderful places in Iwate, so I want many people to come to Iwate.

By the way, Do you know that the best hydrangea garden in Japan is in Ichinoseki?

Today, I will introduce Michinoku hydrangea garden!

Enjoy the beautiful view of hydrangea which is a characteristic of the rainy season in Japan.

What is Michinoku hydrangea garden?

What is Michinoku hydrangea garden?

Michinoku hydrangea garden in the Maikawa district of Ichinoseki city, Iwate is “Japan’s No.1 hydrangea garden” certified by the Japan Hydrangea Association.

The beautiful hydrangeas bloom in about 15 hectares of a cedar mountain during the hydrangea season.

This garden is decorated with about 40,000 plants and 400 varieties of hydrangea. the number of original varieties is one of the best in Japan.

This hydrangea was planted by Mr. Ito who owns this forest since 1983. Then the Michinoku Hydrangea Garden is opened in 1997 while increasing the variety and number each year. Now it is featured on TV, and many people are visiting to see hydrangeas.

The best hydrangea festival in Japan is held!

Michinoku Hydrangea Festival” is being held from June 27 to July 26, 2020 at Michinoku Hydrangea Garden!

You can enjoy the beautiful view of the hydrangea which is a characteristic of the rainy season while taking a walk through the three courses, “Kurenai Course“, “Okuhime Course“, and “Kenkyaku Course“.

the three courses

Regarding the flowering situation on June 27, 2020, 80% of the early blooming hydrangea is in full bloom, and late blooming hydrangea began to start! It seems that these are blooming further now.

Early blooming hydrangeas are in full bloom and are spectacular. The colorful hydrangea is very beautiful such as blue, white, pink, purple.

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This picture is the state of the hydrangea filed. The hydrangea field is a place where countless hydrangeas are planted in the open areas of the garden, and the beautiful view spreads out like a carpet of hydrangea.

the hydrangea filed

Information of the hydrangea festival

Information of the hydrangea festival
Address Harasawa-111, Maikawa, Ichinoseki, Iwate
Event dates 2020/6/27~2020/7/26
Open hours 9:00~17:00(last admission 16:30)
Admission fee Adult:1,000yen Children:200yen Reservation priority cart:700yen per person
Access 【By car】Ichinoseki station~ Michinoku hydrangea garden about 25min
【By bus】Ichinoseki station~Mizukami bus station(about 35min)~Michinoku hydrangea garden(about 20min on foot)
※ Only on Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays, a shuttle bus runs from Mizukami bus stop to Michinoku Hydrangea Garden.

When going to Michinoku Hydrangea Garden, the passages are not paved and there are ups and downs, so clothes and shoes that are easy to walk are recommended.

In addition, there are restaurants, cafes, and rest areas in this garden, so you can take a break during or after the walk, so please use it.


Please note the following points to prevent the spread of coronavirus infection.

  • Wash/disinfect hands
  • Check your health
  • Keep a distance between other people
  • While enjoying the flowers, don’t forget cough etiquette -wear a mask

Let’s enjoy beautifully colored hydrangea with good manners!