Ajisai Festival Kaisei, held annually in June

Ajisai Festival Kaisei, The (Hydrangea Festival) held in June each Year

Pictured: Seto Yashiki, the famous poet Seto`s

house in Kaisei Town.

“Ajisainosato (アジサイの里) is the flower festival held by Kaiseimachi (開成町) on early June. There are more than 10,000 Ajisai (Hydrangea) in the town. At the festival, they have music ceremony, and food services. You can also buy Ajisai. Ajisai is very beautiful with rain. June in Japan is rainy season. So, if you had to cancel your schedule because of rain, visit Kaiseimachi to check out beautiful Ajisai.

This year’s ‘ajisai matsuri’ should be a great one. They have a lot planned. Last year’s
events included: a marathon, helicopter rides, Taiko drum concerts,
Japanese tea ceremony, traditional Japanese dancing exhibitions, a
bazaar and flea market, food and game booths, the making of
a ‘Guiness Book of World Records’length sushi roll, and much more.
The festival revolves around a large area of recently planted rice,
fringed with thousands of Hydrangea bushes of all varieties. It is
especially beautiful around dusk. This year they’re also lighting up
the flowers in the evening, from 7pm to 9pm. There seem to be a lot
more concerts scheduled this year.

The town of Kaisei has also restored a traditional thatched roof
home, the ‘Seto Yashiki’. It is only a 5 minute walk from the Hydrangea
festival. There are a number of events scheduled there as well
(concerts, exhibitions,…)

Across the river is the Matsuda-yama Herb Festival, same dates. And,
in Minami Ashigara, near the Kaisei border, is the ‘Hana Aoi’ Matsuri.

All can easily be visited on the same day. Shuttle buses run from
Kaisei Station from 9am to 3pm. The cost is 100 yen for adults and
50 yen for children (under 6, free). It is 400 yen for all the riding
you want to do in one day. The bus travels to the hydrangea festival,
the herb garden, and the Hana Aoi festival. Regular buses also run
from Shin-Matsuda Station. For those who like to walk, it is only about
20 minutes from Matsuda Station. Hope to see you there!”
–posted at the Odawara Bulletin Board


1 Comment

  1. June 12, 2011 at 3:06 pm

    […] we headed down to Shin-Matsuda for another flower festival (あじさいの里). It was a hot day but we enjoyed getting out to the countryside for a day. There were a lot of […]

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