Five summer flowers worth traveling Japan for

May 19, 2021

Japan has a strong culture of spending the entire days on flower-viewing, and one of the best seasons for flower-viewing in Japan is in summer. From the vibrant sunflowers to the calming hydrangeas, Japan has a lot more to offer in summer with its gorgeous flowers.

The flowering seasons of summer flowers starts in mid-June and lasts until August, and there are a lot of different flowers in Japan to enjoy in the summer. Including irises and lavenders, here are five summer flowers to look out for when you’re visiting Japan on the season!

 Index

  1. Iris
  2. Sunflower
  3. Lavender
  4. Morning Glory
  5. Hydrangea

1. Iris

There are three different kinds of Japanese that grow in Japan. Those species are known as Hanashobu, Kakitsubata, and Ayame, which all grow at different times of the year, and are celebrated differently across Japan.

The differences between those three species are on their petals. Hanashobu have larger petals and their heights are shorter than other species. Ayame have purple petals and only grow on dry land. Kakitsubata are the least popular because they grow only in a short period between mid and late May, and they are the only variety that have white petals and can grow in water.

Irises are particularly in season from mid-May to late July.

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2. Sunflower 

Sunflowers are known as Himawari in Japanese, and they are very popular both in Japan and all over the world. Sunflowers are large and known for their vibrant yellow petals. They are tall and their tilts face the sun during the day.

These flowers grow in different parts of Japan during the summer months of July and August, and they have been seen as an important cultural symbol in Japan for centuries, particularly as symbols for recovery and hope.

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3. Lavender

Lavenders are best known for their aromatic scents, and they usually grow in four seasons countries like Japan. These flowers grow vertically and have distinct violet color.

These ornamental flowers usually bloom from mid-July to early August all across Japan, and since this flower means faithfulness, many people in Japan give lavenders to their spouses and loved ones to show their love.

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4. Morning Glory

Morning Glory, which is known as Asagao in Japanese, is not so common in Japan, and there are only few parks and gardens that are dedicated to the morning glory.

Unlike other flowers, morning glory only blooms at specific times of the day and closes its petals again in the afternoon. Most morning glory blossoms come in purple color, but they also come in pink, white, and blue colors.

In season from July to August, make sure to find morning glory when you’re in Japan next summer!

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5. Hydrangea

The last one of ‘Five Summer Flowers’ is Hydrangea!

Hydrangea is known as Ajisai in Japanese, and it is considered as one of the most adorable flowers in Japan along with the cherry and plum blossoms. Usually in season from early June to mid-July, hydrangea signifies the coming of summer as it blooms during the rainy season.

Hydrangea comes in several different colors, including baby blue, pink, and lilac. Some of the best spots to see hydrangea are in Kamakura, Hakone, and Enoshima.

If you love this kind of flower, you can find Hydrangea viewing spots in this article. >> 3 best spots to see hydrangea in Japan

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