2024.06.14Amabiki Kannon Hydrangea Festival, Sakuragawa

In Japan, Ajisai, or hydrangeas depending on the region, typically bloom from late spring until mid-summer, attracting many people who come to enjoy their vivid colors. This fluffy flower is also known in Japanese as “Shichi Henge,” literally – “seven transformations,” which means “a variety of changes” and reflects its diverse colors. Hydrangeas can be blue, lilac, pink, deep burgundy, white and more— depending on the soil composition where it grows.

One of the best places to observe colorful hydrangeas in Ibaraki is Amabiki Kannon Temple, also known as Amabikisan Rakuho-ji. Founded in 587 and named after the rain-drawing goddess of mercy, this temple is dedicated to safe childbirth, child-rearing and protection of bad luck. It is home to many structures which have been designated as Prefectural Tangible Cultural Heritage Properties and also houses a national treasure – a hidden Kannon statue dating back to the Heian Period (794-1185).

A beloved gem of Sakuragawa City in Western Ibaraki, this site is popular among local residents and tourists alike both for its cultural significance and for its stunning grounds which boast an array of flowers, such as cherry blossoms, azaleas, peonies, and its famous hydrangeas. Visitors can enjoy them from early June until late July, during Japan’s rainy season, with the peak bloom being from late June until mid-July. Come rain or shine these 5000 hydrangeas, made up of 100 different stunning varieties, provide a gorgeous and expansive display of colour in the midst of the early summer drizzle.

From the end of June until the first weekend of July, visitors can see the spectacular sight of a pond covered with floating blossomed hydrangeas as they gently drift in an explosion of colours. In this period, there is a light-up event which allows visitors to enjoy the beautiful blossoms from day until night.

Amabiki Kannon Temple is also home to many animals such as goats, peacocks and ducks which freely roam the temple grounds, making this festival perfect for both flower and animal lovers.

Business hours



・Hydrangea Festival: June 10 –July 20, 2024

・Floating Hydrangeas: June 29 – July 7, 2024

・Light-up Event: June 29 – July 7, 2024

* Light-up event will be held from dusk until 20:00 (until 21:00 on weekends)


Amabiki Kannon Temple

1 Motoki, Sakuragawa, Ibaraki


Free of charge

About Amabiki Kannon Hydrangea Festival (Japanese)