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Where To See The Best Iris Gardens In Tokyo

Fields of riotously blooming purple, blue & white iris? Yes, please! Here are the best places in Tokyo to see the iris extravaganzas of your dreams.

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HASEDERA TEMPLE in Kamakura

This iris pond isn’t about sheer numbers, it’s about seeing them in the achingly beautiful way they were viewed when the masters were penning their famous haiku
Hasedera’s garden features rare floating iris plantings that are tethered in the pond, so they drift charmingly with the breeze, changing the view as you watch

Iris are at their peak in this garden from June 1-15 (lucky for you, it’s the same time you can also see their very famous hydrangea hillside)

Open: Every day

Hours: 8:00 – 17:00

Admission: ¥300

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KORAKU-EN GARDEN in Korakuen

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Iris are at their peak in this garden from June 1 – 15

Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (Last admission 16:30)

Open: Every day, except 12/29-1/3

Admission: ¥300

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HORIKIRI IRIS GARDEN in Horikirishobuen

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Iris are at their peak in this garden from June 1 – 15

Hours: 9:00 – 16:30

Open: Every day

Admission: Free

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MIZUMOTO PARK in Kanamachi

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Iris are at their peak in this garden from June 1 – 15

Hours: Public park, open 24 hours

Open: Every day

Admission: Free

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SHŌBUNUMA PARK in Kita-ayase

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Iris are at their peak early in this garden from June 1 – 15

Hours: 9:00 – 17:00

Open: Every day

Admission: Free

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MEIGETSU-IN SECRET GARDEN in Kamakura

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Iris are at their peak in this garden from June 1 – 15. This garden is only open from the end of May to mid-June for iris season, so if you’re in Kamakura then, you should go! This temple is famous for hydrangeas, but you can see both if you go in early June.

Hours: 9:00 – 17:00

Open: Every day

Admission: ¥300 for entry to the temple, ¥500 additional to see the secret iris garden

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NEZU MUSEUM GARDEN in Harajuku

Admission to the Nezu Museum includes admission to their lovely garden, and in mid-May, this gorgeous display of iris coincides with...
Admission to the Nezu Museum includes admission to their lovely garden, and in mid-May, this gorgeous display of iris coincides with…
...the annual exhibition of this screen, which is a National Cultural Treasure, painted by Korin. The iris on the screen and the iris in the garden are the same variety!
…the annual exhibition of this screen, which is a National Cultural Treasure, painted by Korin. The iris on the screen and the iris in the garden are the same variety!

Iris are at their peak early in this garden from May 7 – 15

Open: Six days a week, closed on Mondays, on the day after national holidays, during exhibition installation, and from December 29 – January 3. Open on other holidays.

Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 (Last entry 16:30)

Admission (museum & garden): Adults: ¥1000, Students: ¥800 (plus extra fee for some special exhibitions)

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HONDO-JI TEMPLE in Kitakogane

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Iris are at their peak in this garden from June 1 – 15. This temple is mostly famous for its hydrangeas, and if you’re lucky, you can see them both blooming at the same time.

Hours: 8:00 – 16:30

Open: Every day

Admission: ¥500

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KIYOSUMI GARDEN in Kiyosumi-shirakawa

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Iris are at their peak from June 1 – 15, but I’ve included this garden because even though the iris display is small, it’s a lovely surprise amid the cool greenery of my favorite garden to visit in hot weather. Kiyosumi Garden never fails to be a cool, green feast for the eyes.

Hours: 9:00 – 17:00 (Last admission 16:30)

Open: Every day, except 12/29-1/3

Admission: ¥150

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MEIJI SHRINE NAI-EN GARDEN in Harajuku

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Iris are at their peak in this garden from June 1 – 15. This is the most famous iris garden in Tokyo, but that also means it’s the most crowded. If you want to see it with as few people as possible, be there on a weekday when it opens, or from mid-late afternoon.

Hours: 8:00 – 17:00 (Last admission 16:30)

Open: Every day, except the third Friday of each month

Admission: ¥500

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Jonelle Patrick writes novels set in Japan, produces the monthly newsletter Japanagram, and blogs at Only In Japan and The Tokyo Guide I Wish I’d Had

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Writing mystery books set in Tokyo is mostly what I do, but I also blog about the odd stuff I see every day in Japan. I'm a graduate of Stanford University and the Sendagaya Japanese Institute in Tokyo, and a member of the International Thriller Writers, the Mystery Writers of America, and Sisters In Crime. When I'm not in Tokyo, I live in San Francisco. I also host a travel site called The Tokyo Guide I Wish I'd Had, so if you're headed to Japan and want to check out the places I take my friends when they're in town, take a look!

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