a field of hydrangea in front of a green grass field, a row of trees and a clear blue sky

Hydrangea for a Gloomy Day

Jun 08, 2024 at 12:00am ~ Jun 30, 2024 at 12:00am

The rainy season in Tokyo can become a little frustrating sometimes. After long days of work your favorite neighborhood park might not be as welcoming as your comfy warm bed. However, this deprivation of even the little nature Tokyo offers can quite hit the mood. So what you might need is an extra dose of nature and sunlight. But where to go except for the few parks in Tokyo?

A little remote but even more marvelous – the Mito Hydrangea Festival in the Howaen Garden in Mito. It offers beautiful views of Hydrangea flowers (Ajisai in Japanese). They are a symbol of Japan’s rainy season and are cherished for their huge variety of colors and shapes. Every year around June about 6000 hydrangeas let Howaen Garden glow in different gradations of blue, pink, and purple. You can also stroll through the surrounding Mito Romance District, where cultural events like tea parties and haiku readings are held. So when the rainy season gets you a little gloomy again, make sure to take a day to recharge your batteries in Mito.

Event Details

Date: June 8 – June 30
Time: All Day
Admission: Free
Access: JR Joban Line to Mito Station

If you still didn’t get enough, feel free to visit the nearby Hitachi Seaside Park.



Start: Jun 8th 2024 at 12:00am

End: Jun 30th 2024 at 12:00am


Howaen Garden (保和苑)


13-19 Matsumoto-cho