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Shizuoka: Ajisai Matsuri

More than 3 million hydrangeas are blooming at Shimoda Park with a panoramic view of Shimoda Port. During "Hydrangeas Festival," many interesting events will be held. 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 Tue.&Sat.) 7:30 a.m.-9 a.m. Kinmedai fish market tour
● June 1 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Fishery Festival at fish market ● June 16 Shimoda-Daiko (Japanese drum), unicycle performance, flower pinwheel making, Japanese dance by geisha
● June 23 Shimoda-Daiko, unicycle performance, Japanese dance by geisha

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.