Suigo Itako Iris Festival

6 Things You Can Do In a Day in Itako City, Ibaraki!

In the south of Ibaraki Prefecture sits Itako city, a city located between Lake Kasumigaura and Lake Kitaura. The Tone River also flows through the city. Because Itako City is surrounded by different bodies of water, the city has a convenient network of canals. During the Edo period, these canals were of great importance, since…

Check Out These 2 Amazing Iris Festivals Accessible From Tokyo!

Soon, irises, or “ayame (あやめ)” in Japanese, are going to be in full bloom in Japan. As a matter of fact, two big iris festivals are about to take place in Katori City (香取市), Chiba Prefecture (千葉県) and Itako City (潮来市), Ibaraki Prefecture (茨城県). These two cities face each other across the Hitachi-Tone River (常陸利根川).…

Witness the Beautiful Bloom of Iris Flowers at These 4 Festivals in Japan!

Many kinds of flowers grow on Japan’s land and one of them is the Japanese iris in its beautiful shades of blue and purple. See the full bloom of iris flowers that blanket select parks and gardens in Japan at these four iris festivals! 1. Suigo Itako Iris Festival (水郷潮来あやめまつり – May 27 to June…