Things to do / Traditional festivals

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.: & from 7:30 p.m.:   Yomeiri-fune
● every Sunday
from 11 a.m.: Yomeiri-fune
noon-12:40 p.m.   Ayame-odori folk dancing
1 p.m.-1:40 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 Sta., and then walk 3 min. (2) From Tokyo Sta. Yaesu South Exit, take highway bus to Suigo Itako Bus Terminal (70min.)

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.