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Hondo-ji Temple, in Chiba Prefecture’s Matsudo City, is a temple of the Nichiren sect of Buddhism that was built in 1277.
Every year in June, around 50,000 hydrangeas of over 10 varieties beautifully bloom. Because of this, the temple is also known as the “hydrangea temple.”
It is easily accessible, with Kita-Kogane Station, the station nearest to the temple, being only 50 minutes by train from Tokyo Station.
However, it truly is a well-kept-secret place, and you can be sure that you’ll be able to leisurely enjoy the flowers without worrying about crowds!
Every early summer a hydrangea festival is held in the Fuchu city local forest museum (Kyodo no Mori Museum) located in Tokyo’s Fuchu, when around 10,000 plants of hydrangea are in bloom amid the museum buildings in a traditional style, and the museum becomes an ideal destination for visitor to take a pleasant walk while viewing flowers.
To satisfy any cravings you have, there's a huge food event in Tokyo called Manpaku.
Not limited to any one type of food, it offers a wide selection of items on the menu that can be eaten outdoors.
“Kanda Matsuri” at Tokyo’s Kanda ShrineRead Later
Kanda Matsuri is a religious festival held once every two years. This historic festival, called one of the “Three Great Edo Festivals” and the “Three Great Japanese Festivals,” has been held for over 400 years. The festival lasts for 7 days, but the most people come to see the “shinkousai” and “mikoshi miyairi,” held on Saturday and Sunday, during which you can see impressive displays of mikoshi carrying.
Ashikaga Flower Park is a flower theme park located in Tochigi Prefecture’s Ashikaga City, around 80 kilometers from Tokyo. Flowers are available for viewing year-round in the park’s 92,000 square-meter area. One of the park’s particularly big draws is its wisteria flowers. The park holds over 350 wisteria trees, and it is Japan’s largest collection of wisterias.
Tatebayashi City starts flying their impressive collection of over 5,000 streamers at the end of March, so that residents and visitors can enjoy the view of the streamers alongside the cherry blossoms.
One thing that brings to mind the upcoming "Golden Week" (from the end of April through the first week of May) is Niku-Fes, a major food entertainment event. While this popular event always takes place somewhere in Japan, it will be held simultaneously during this year's Golden Week in both Tokyo and Osaka.
In this spring, cherry blossoms in Tokyo hardly faded from our sight, when the prime of other flowers is around the corner and many hanami sports are waiting for our visit. On hearing that the Bunkyo Azalea Festival is being held in Nezu Shrine in Bunkyo, Tokyo, I and my family make a tour of the shrine and join the cheerful hanami crowd.