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Gamagori-City Katahara Onsen Hydrangea Festival (Katahara Onsen Ajisai Matsuri)

Date : 06/01/2018 - 06/30/2018


  • Katahara Onsen Hydrangea Festival (Katahara Onsen Ajisai Matsuri)
  • Katahara Onsen Hydrangea Festival (Katahara Onsen Ajisai Matsuri)
  • Katahara Onsen Hydrangea Festival (Katahara Onsen Ajisai Matsuri)
  • Katahara Onsen Hydrangea Festival (Katahara Onsen Ajisai Matsuri)
  • Katahara Onsen Hydrangea Festival (Katahara Onsen Ajisai Matsuri)

Katahara Onsen is a scenic hot spring village in the coastal area of Mikawa Bay, considered as one of the larger Gamagori Onsen area. The area around the Hodagaike Pond, part of the Katahara Onsen, is highly regarded as "Home Place of the Hydrangeas" (Ajisai-no-sato), due to the 50,000 bushes of the exuberant flowers that proudly ornate the boardwalk around the water body when in their full bloom. When it happens, the "Ajisai Matsuri" (“Hydrangea Festival”) is held in order to celebrate them. It starts on June 1st and goes for a whole month until June 30th. And the event is quite famous: the event attracts an excess of 100,000 tourists yearly, and temporary bus lines operate during the period in order to facilitate the access. The hydrangeas are also artificially illuminated after dusk, giving the place a whole different way to enjoy the place. And if you're lucky, you may even get to see the beautiful twinkling firefly swarms that chose this incredible place as habitat.

Fantastic sights during the evening illumination

Katahara Onsen Hydrangea Festival (Katahara Onsen Ajisai Matsuri)

The artificial illumination light-up on evenings transforms the whole place into another spectacular spot that is a must. And for a brief time after 7:30 PM, the fireflies start their activities and fly around, making the whole experience even more unforgettable.

  • Katahara Onsen Hydrangea Festival (Katahara Onsen Ajisai Matsuri)
  • Katahara Onsen Hydrangea Festival (Katahara Onsen Ajisai Matsuri)
  • Katahara Onsen Hydrangea Festival (Katahara Onsen Ajisai Matsuri)

EVENT OVERVIEW

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Date : June 1st (Friday) to 30th (Saturday), 2018
Holding time : From 8:00 AM to 9:30 PM
Place : Katahara Onsen Ajisai-no-sato (Home Place of the Hydrangeas, Katahara Onsen)
Location : 〒443-0102
28-1 Ichinosawa, Kanehira-cho, Gamagori-City, Aichi Prefecture, Japan
Fee : -300 yen (children ages 15 or younger, free of charge).
-Handicapped guests and their helpers (up to 1 per guest) free of charge.
-Subject to changes, please verify with direct sources whenever possible.
Parking : Paid, 300 spaces (500 yen/car/day)
*: Limited availability. Guests are kindly requested to use public transportation as best as possible.
Restrooms : Yes
Phone number : 0533-57-0660 (Katahara Onsen Tourism Association)
Evening Illumination : Up until 9:30 PM during the festival period.

Note: This page may not be current due to update time differences between site databases.
Should accuracy be critical, please verify this information using a direct source, whenever possible.

ACCESS

  • Access by public transport
    Access by public transport
    Approx. 15min by taxi (7.2km, approx. 2,700 yen) from Gamagori Station of the JR Tokaido Main Line (board the train bound for Toyohashi from JR Nagoya Station).
    *: During the festival period, direct-route buses available from the South Side Bus Terminal of Gamagori Station.
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    Approx. 25min (17.8km) from Otowa-Gamagori I.C. of the Tomei Expressway via routes 73 (Orange Road), 23, 383, and 322.

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