Suigo Itako Ayame Festival, a traditional celebration of flowers and water to mark the coming of summerActivity
The iris sanguinea, or “ayame” in Japanese, is known and loved as the flower that announces the beginning of the summer rainy season. At this festival in Itako, Ibaraki, you can admire the beautiful sight of these brilliantly blooming flowers.
Suigo Ayame Itako Gardens opened in 1976. Here, roughly one million iris sanguinea flowers of 500 different species are cultivated. The gardens were included in a selection of the best 500 paths for taking a walk in Japan, and their spectacular beauty draws numerous visitors to the area.
Every day for the duration of the Suigo Itako Ayame Festival, the beautifully blooming irises are lit up between 6:30 pm and 10:00 pm, creating a wondrous, fairytale-like landscape. The flowers look completely different at night—it’s truly a sight to behold.
In front of the gardens, there is a rest area where you can sit down on a bench and relax as you look out at the Maekawa River and the view of Suigo Itako.
Period: May 25 (Sat) - June 23 (Sun), 2019
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm (admission free all day)
Venue: Suigo Ayame Itako Gardens, Ayame, Itako, Ibaraki Prefecture 311-2425