みちのくあじさい園 Hydrangea Festival (Late June, July)
Take a magical wander through the forest and enjoy a display of 40,000 hydrangea plants/400 types varying in different shapes and colors.
Feel the earthen track beneath your feet and indulge in the views of spectacular hydrangea flowers in every direction. The harmony between the forest and flowers helps preserve a completely authentic experience in nature. I would recommend spending an hour or two to look around. The garden has 3 main trails: the 1.2km Okuhime (奥姫) Course, the 900m Kurenai (くれない) Course and the 650m Fukayama (深山) Course. It's possible to do all of the courses as they are connected. These trails can be accessed by cart if available, but most people walk them. The smaller routes throughout the garden can only be walked.
And just when you thought you'd seen it all, there's a huge expanse of hydrangea stretching out as far as the eye can see ~ this is known as the 'Annabelle Zekkei'. Another spot to keep your eye out for is the magical pond filled with multicolored hydrangea (limited to four days of the event).
CONDITIONS APPLY: 1) Wash/disinfect hands
2) Check your health
3) Make sure to keep a distance between other people
4) While enjoying the flowers, don’t forget cough etiquette such as wearing a mask
Make sure to follow the COVID-19 information on the Iwate Prefectural website: https://www.pref.iwate.jp/kyouikubunka/kokusai/1006971/1027622/1027623.html
Date/Time: every day during 6/27 – 7/26 from 8:00– 17:00 (Last admission 16:30) Address: 岩手県一関市舞川字原沢111
https://goo.gl/maps/HAZjA4PBohs Access: Bus Iwateken Kotsu Geibikei Line [Ichinoseki Station (West Exit Stop #7) to Mizukami (30min) + 15min walk] or by car Admission: 1000 yen (adult), 200 yen (elementary school students)
*Even though the garden is within a forest, it still gets very hot, so make sure to bring enough water and to wear a hat! Make sure to wear comfortable shoes too!
Kalmia Festival (Early to late June)
Kalmia or mountain laurels bring brilliant color to the forest expanse during the month of June~ The perfect time to see these flowers are when they are in partial bloom as the buds are super cute!
Date: June 1-26
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00
Location: Michinoku Hydrangea Park
Contact: Ichinoseki City Tourism Association
TEL 0191-23-0066 OPEN 9:00-17:30
Shakunage Festival (Late April to mid-May)
Michinoku Hydrangea Garden, as the name suggests, is famous for hydrangea which bloom in late June-July, but as of 2019, displays of rhododendron decorate partial areas of the cedar forest. There are 15 varieties and 250 trees. The amount of flowers in bloom are few in comparison to the hydrangea festival, but the size and the vivid colors of the rhododendron make this festival special too!
Date: April 27-May 20th
Hours: 9:00 to 17:00 Admission: 500yen Location: Michinoku Hydrangea Park Contact: Ichinoseki City Tourism Association TEL 0191-23-0066 OPEN 9:00-17:30