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  • Katsushika Iris Festival

    27 May – 16 June 2019
    Mizumoto Park

    Mizumoto Koen is a nature-rich park located in eastern Tokyo, close to the border with Saitama and Chiba prefectures.

    The park boasts the largest iris garden in the Japanese capital and will host soon the annual Katsushika Iris Festival.

    © Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association

    About Mizumoto Koen and the iris

    The park is known for its beautiful water landscape, the only one of this kind found in Tokyo. At the watershed between the Naka-gawa and Edo-gawa rivers, Mizumoto Koen is landscaped with a reservoir and waterways running through an area of some 96 hectares.

    The park provides an ideal habitat for aquatic plants, such as irises and water lilies. Completed with a bird sanctuary and a barbeque ground (reservation required), the place can be a nice weekend getaway.

    Mizumoto Park has a splendid Iris Garden, the largest in Tokyo. Growing tall and elegant, some 200,000 irises of 100 varieties will come into bloom in early summer.

    The flowers in purple, deep blue, white and other shades will highlight the beauty of the landscape against the sky.

    © Tokyo Metropolitan Park Association

    Iris Festival 2019 at Mizumoto Koen

    In the season of bloom, from the end of May through mid-June this year, the park will host the annual “Katsushika Iris Festival(Katsushika Shobu Matsuri), which will also be held simultaneously at Horikiri Shobu-en (Horikiri Iris Garden), located some 4 km away.

    The festival will offer an opportunity to admire the irises and nature’s beauty, with activities organized on weekends, such as the open-air tea ceremony (called “nodate”) and live performances.

    The visitors will also be able to rent a bike on weekends, and every day during the period between 3 and 7 June 2019 (200 yen for 2 hours; 100 yen for secondary school students and younger).


    Directions to Mizumoto Park

    On weekends, direct bus services to Mizumoto Park will be run by Keisei Bus Company from Kanamachi Station on the JR Joban Line.

    Kanamachi Station is the third stop from Kitasenju Station, directly connected from the subway Chiyoda Line (for Toride, Abiko or Tennodai).

    Kitasenju Station is also served by JR Joban Line (the rapid service train “kaisoku” from Ueno) and Tsukuba Express from Akihabara Station.

* The above is the information known at the time of publication and subject to change without prior notice.

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