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Chiryu-City Historic Yatsuhashi Water Iris Festival

Date : 04/25/2024 - 05/17/2024

  • Historic Yatsuhashi Water Iris Festival
  • Historic Yatsuhashi Water Iris Festival
  • Historic Yatsuhashi Water Iris Festival
  • Historic Yatsuhashi Water Iris Festival
  • Historic Yatsuhashi Water Iris Festival
  • Historic Yatsuhashi Water Iris Festival

What wonderful water irises!

The Water Iris Festival has a long history, taking place for the last 70 years or so, and makes the Yatsuhashi Water Iris Garden venue the target of numerous sightseers from around Japan each year. The garden's water iris blossoms are available to view throughout the festival period, but meet their peak bloom during the Golden Week consecutive holiday.
The water irises of Chiryu City's Yatsuhashi area became famous for their role in a poem written by Heian period-poet Ariwara no Narihira, from the Tales of Ise story, when he came to Yatsuhashi and composed a poem famously making a pun of the Japanese word for "water iris (kakitsubata)" in haiku fashion. The irises' home of Yatsuhashi Water Iris Garden is an expansive 13,000 m2 with 16 ponds (5,000 m2). Water irises are the flower of Aichi Prefecture as well as the city of Chiryu, and enjoy a warm welcome from its residents. In fact, the water irises on the 5,000 yen bill are said to be the Yatsuhashi water irises.

  • Yatsuhashi Water Iris Garden
  • Chiryuppi
  • Yatsuhashi Water Iris Garden

Planned events

Ming and Qing-era Chinese music performance in honor of local legend Hogan Baisao
• Date and times: From 10:30 am and 1:30 pm on Sun, Apr 28
• Venue: Main Hall, Muryojuji Temple

Anniversary of Ariwara no Narihira's passing
• Date and time: From 11:00 am on Mon, Apr 29
• Venue: Muryojuji Temple

Flower and bonsai exhibition and sale
• Period: Sun, Apr 28–Tue, May 14
• Venue: Hiyoshi Sannosha Shrine premises

Taisho autoharp performance
• Date and time: From 11:00 am on Fri, May 3 (national holiday)
• Venue: Yatsuhashi Water Iris Garden

Appearance by city mascot Chiryuppi
• Date and times: From 11:00 am and 1:00 pm on Sun, May 5
• Venue: Yatsuhashi Water Iris Garden

Yatsuhashi Water Iris Bonsai Exhibition
• Period: Mon, May 6–Wed, May 8
• Venue: Hiyoshi Sannosha Shrine Office

Hiyoshi Sannosha Shrine Festival
• Date: Sun, May 12
• Venue: Hiyoshi Sannosha Shrine premises

Tea ceremony
• Dates and time: 10:00 am–3:00 pm; Sat, Apr 27–Sun, May 12
• Venue: Enshi'an Teahouse

• This year's tea ceremonies are held in 30-min. intervals with eight participants allowed per session.
• Tickets are available at the tent in front of Muryojuji Temple's Main Hall. Not available at the teahouse.

Yatsuhashi Historical Preservation Museum Special Exhibition
• Date and time: 9:00 am–5:00 pm; Tue, Apr 25–Wed, May 17
• Venue: Yatsuhashi Historical Preservation Museum

• This exhibition displays the works of Ogata Korin: the Water Iris Blossoms Folding Screen (reproduction), Yatsuhashi Decorative Gold and Mother-of-Pearl Lacquer Inkstone Case (reproduction), and Chosen Ryukyu instrument (replication)

Nighttime illumination
• Dates and time: Sundown–9:00 pm; Tue, Apr 25–Wed, May 17
• Yatsuhashi Water Iris Garden


  • Multipurpose toilet
  • Souvenirs
  • Parking
  • Restaurant
Date : Mon, Apr 25–Fri, May 17, 2024
Holding time : 9:00 am–9:00 pm
Place : Yatsuhashi Water Iris Garden (within Muryojuji Temple premises)
Location : 〒472-0001
61-1 Jinai, Yatsuhashi-cho, Chiryu-shi, Aichi
Fee : Free of charge

• Admission to Yatsuhashi Historical Preservation Museum requires a fee (JPY 150/adult [high school ages and older] and JPY 70/elementary and junior high school student)
Parking : Paid parking available (approx. 310)

• Standard-size vehicles: JPY 300
• Large-size vehicles: JPY 1,500

• Idojiri Parking Lot (next to Chiryu Cultural Plaza)
• Chiryu Cultural Plaza Athletic Grounds (28-1 Idojiri, Yatsuhashi-cho, Chiryu-shi, Aichi)

• Parking fees required and traffic restrictions apply Sat, Apr 27–Mon, Apr 29 (national holiday) and Fri, May 3 (national holiday)–Mon, May 6 (national holiday).
Restrooms : Available
Phone number : 0566-83-1111 (Chiryu City Tourism Association)
Restrictions : Bicycles and pets not allowed.

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 by public transport
    Access by public transport
    8-min. walk from Mikawa Yatsuhashi Station on the Meitetsu Mikawa Line (board from Meitetsu Nagoya Station and change trains at Chiryu Station).
  • Access by car
    Access by car
    • Approx. 5 min. from Toyota-Minami Interchange on the Isewangan Expressway.
    • Approx. 15 min. from Toyoake Interchange on the Isewangan Expressway via National Route 1.

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