Shizuoka: Ajisai Matsuri & Kinme Matsuri

More than 3 million hydrangeas are blooming at Shimoda Park with a panoramic view of Shimoda Port. During the Hydrangeas Festival, many interesting events will be held. Kinme Festival will be held at the same time. It is a best season to eat kinmedai (splendid alfonsino) rich in fat during the spring and summer. In Shimoda where the number of unloading kinmedai is the largest in Japan, you can enjoy different kinds of kinmedai dishes as well as events such as kinmedai fish market tour (in Japanese) and fishery festival.

Schedule & Key events:
● daily (except Tues. & Sat.) 7:30-9 a.m. Kinmedai fish market tour
● June 4 & 18 Shimoda-daiko (Japanese drum), unicycle performance, flower pinwheel making
● June 17 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Fishery festival at fish market
● June 25 Shimoda-daiko, yosakoi dance, unicycle performance, flower pinwheel making

Location: Shimoda Park, Shimoda Port, Shimoda fish market, Shimoda, Shizuoka

From JR Tokyo Station, take JR Limited Express "Odoriko" to Izu-Kyu Shimoda Station.

Festival information compiled in cooperation with the Tourist Information Center of the Japan National Tourist Organization. (Shin-Tokyo Bldg. 1F, 3-3-1 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo; (03) 3201-3331). Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.