Rainy season in Japan
June in Japan is rainy season, most of the days are wet, grey and cloudy (like England most of the time ha ha). However there are still plenty of things to enjoy in Japan during this time. Visiting hot springs, watching fireflies, and viewing colourful hydrangea flowers are all popular rainy season activities in Japan. This rainy season, I visited a well-known spot near home to view the hydrangea flowers. If you want to find out more about rainy season, you can read an article I recently wrote about things to do in rainy season in Japan.
Hydrangea Viewing in Japan
Hydrangeas are called “Ajisai” in Japanese, and the flowers are known for changing colour on a daily basis. They can change from white to blue, pink or purple.
I spent a rainy Saturday morning with my husband visiting a famous hydrangea spot in Kochi called “Ajisaidori”. It’s a footpath that sits beside the river. The path is lined with flowers for almost a kilometer long. After the sun goes down, the fireflies come out, their vibrant green bodies lighting up the trees as they float around beside the river.
That morning, after we had taken a stroll amongst the flowers, we stopped at a nearby cafe the other side of the river called “Mungo Mungo”. There we enjoyed a delicious brunch of eggs Benedict and sipped on hot tea. Afterwards we headed home to our dry house and a lazy afternoon of Netflix binge watching. It doesn’t sound all that exciting, but these little interactions we have here with our natural surroundings and enjoying the simple pleasures in life are one of the best aspects of life in the Japanese countryside. I feel truly happy on days like these.
Anyway here’s a few pictures I took on my phone of the flowers:
Have you seen the hydrangeas in Japan? Share your pictures in the comments below!