Japan is one of the countries with the most beautiful natural scenery in the world. Each season that passes, “The Land of the Tang Dynasty” brings with it its own unique features.
Usually tourists like to visit Japan in spring – the time when cherry blossoms are in full bloom or autumn, when the sky and earth are dyed red by the changing color of maple leaves. But actually, even when visiting Japan in the rainy season, from late May to early July, Japan is also very beautiful with many unique festivals that visitors do not have to be sad.
1. Hydrangea Festival
June is the time when hydrangeas in Japan bloom with hydrangea festivals will be held for residents and visitors to enjoy the scenery. Hakusan Shrine is a must-see if you want to see the hydrangeas for free.
In Hakusan Temple, there are more than 3,000 hydrangeas with different colors such as white, pink and blue, so visitors can enjoy watching the beautiful flowers blooming. At the weekend, the festival is also supplemented with booths and traditional music performances.
The way to Hakusan . Shrine
Hakusan Shrine is a shrine dedicated to the great god Kukurihime located on the top of Mount ReiSan – Hakusan. The temple was built between 947 and 957.
– Address: 5 Chome-31-26 Hakusan, Bunkyo City, Tokyo 112-0001, Japan (〒112-0001 東京都文京区白山５丁目３１−26).
Nearest train station:
– From Mita Line to Hakusan Station, walk about 3 minutes
– From Tokyo Line Southwest Exit to Honkomagome Station then walk about 5 minutes.
– Take bus 63 from Hakusan and walk for about 3 minutes.
In addition, in the land of the rising sun, there are also famous cherry blossom viewing places such as Megetsu-in, also known as Hydrangea Temple, located in Kanagawa Prefecture. The hydrangeas grown here are light blue, belonging to the Princess Hydrangea (Hime Ajisai) family. This place is famous for the long road of hydrangeas leading to the temple.
Hasedera Temple – the famous temple in Kamakura is also a place that attracts a large number of visitors throughout the year. In the temple grounds, there are 2,500 kinds of flowers with more than 40 kinds of hydrangeas. The pagoda was built on top of a hill, so the atmosphere is very cool and peaceful. If you want to find a place to stop to purify your soul, do not forget to visit this ancient temple.
2. Fuji Kawaguchiko Festival
The Fuji Kawaguchiko Festival (河口湖ハーブフェスティバル) is an annual flower festival in the Lake Kawaguchi area. This is one of the best spots to see lavender around Tokyo!
From mid-June to mid-July, over 70,000 beautiful purple lavender flowers bloom in two parks around Lake Kawaguchiko, the second largest of the Fuji Five Lakes: Yagisaki Park (八木崎公園) and Oishi Park (大石公園). The blooming lavender around the lake is also the time to prepare to welcome a jubilant festive season in the land of the rising sun.
3. Yosakoi Soran Matsuri . Festival
Yosakoi Soran Festival is held from June every year in Hokkaido. The festival has the participation of 30,000 dancers and 300 dance teams. Most dance teams come from universities and colleges all over Japan to compete against each other. The event takes place every year in the city of Sapporo, along Odori Park, attracting about 2 million people to watch.
The traditional Japanese dances at the festival always bring with them the positive energy and enthusiasm of the dancers in each dance, making visitors feel like they want to follow each dance.
4. Fussa Firefly Festival
If you’ve ever watched famous Japanese anime movies such as Grave of the Fireflies or Garden of Fireflies, you’ve more or less envisioned a wonderful scenario when the night falls with the light emitted. from how fanciful fireflies are.
Every summer, hundreds of hundreds of these magical creatures transform the Japanese forests into a mystical sky full of sparkling stars. To be able to capture this moment, you should come here from 19:00 to 21:00 in mid-June to mid-July.
Fussa City is a suburb of Tokyo and is famous for its Firefly Festival. The festival features about 500 fireflies and, of course, food stalls and musical performances, such as Okinawan dance, taiko drums and soran bushi. Please visit this place because they will surely give you the feeling of being relived in the cartoons of your childhood.
– Location: Firefly Park and Tamagawa Josui’s Ome Bridge area (near Ushihama Station on the JR Ome Line, or Kumagawa Station on the JR Itsukaichi Line, Fussa)
– Time: June 15 from 13:00 – 21:00
– Admission: free