If you’re looking for a place to visit this June for vacation or if you just want to take a break, then I suggest paying a visit to Hakusan Shrine. You’ll definitely have a great time with the blossoming flowers that will greet you when you when you get there, the famous and beautiful hydrangeas!
The Hakusan Shrine in Bunkyo is one of the ten most important shrines in Tokyo and is believed to have been built in the 8th century. It has also been designated as an important cultural property by the Metropolitan Government of Tokyo. Interestingly, the shrine is often visited by people with dental concerns as it home to the God of dental care.
One of the many beauties of the Hakusan Shrine is also the thousands of hydrangea bushes, or also called ajisai in Japanese, which are spread all throughout the grounds of the shrine. Especially during the month of June and the early summer, these flowers are in full bloom and come in a beautiful array of colors, and is the time when the Ajisai Matsuri takes place.
The Ajisai Matsuri or Hydrangea Festival takes place every year during the early weeks of summer by the time the flowers have bloomed. It is also a part of Bunkyo’s Five Major Flower Festivals which are the Cherry Blossom, Azalea, Chrysanthemum and Plum Festivals which take place throughout the year.
This year’s Ajisai Matsuri is set for June 11th to 19th with a number of fun activities both the young and old can enjoy. There will be a sketching event for kids, an ajisai concert conducted by the locals, a number of food stalls to enjoy food and drinks, a stamp rally and much more.
The colorful sight of the hydrangeas will make all visitors coming to Hakusan Shrine feel at ease. If you’d also like to get a chance to see one of Bunkyo’s five major flower festivals, make sure to check out the Ajisai Matsuri!
Bunkyo City Hydrangea Festival (Automatic translation)