Ibaraki: Suigo Itako Ayame Matsuri

Ayame (iris) Flower Festival. A million iris flowers of 500 species are in bloom in the garden. Admission is free. Yomeiri-fune (a boat escorting a bride) and local Japanese entertainments are performed during the festival period.

Schedule & Key events:
● daily
6:30 p.m.-10 p.m. Flowers are lit up
● every Wednesday
from 11 a.m.: Yomeiri-fune
● every Saturday
11 a.m.-, from 2 p.m.: and from 7:30 p.m.:  Yomeiri-fune
● every Sunday
from 11 a.m.: Yomeiri-fune
noon-1 p.m.  Ayame-odori folk dancing
from 1 p.m.: Itakogionsairei-odori dancing with
Itakobayashi festival music
from 2 p.m.: Yomeiri-fune

Location: Suigo Itako Ayame-en, Itako, Ibaraki

(1) JR Kashima Line to Itako Station, and then walk 3 minutes. (2) From Tokyo Station Yaesu South Exit, take highway bus to Suigo Itako Bus Terminal (70 minutes).

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.