The Top 10 Flowers of Fukuchiyama

Fukuchiyama Castle balloon flowers

Balloon flowers are part of the family crest of Akechi Mitsuhide, the first lord of Fukuchiyama Castle and are also the city's official flower.

Best viewing season: June to September

Access

Take train to JR Fukuchiyama Station then walk 15 minutes.
Take Kyoto Kotsu Bus from JR Fukuchiyama Station to the "Fukuchiyamajo Koen" bus stop, then walk 2 minutes.

Map here

Kyoto Tree-planting Center weeping cherry trees

25 weeping cherry trees bloom in mid-April along the approach to the Kyoto Tree-planting Center, and are illuminated to give the illusion of a flowing waterfall.

Best viewing season: Mid-April

Access

Take train to Kami-Yakuno Station on the JR San-in Line, then walk 20 minutes.

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Sai no Kami Japanese wisteria

This Japanese wisteria, entwined around a 2,000 year old zelkova serrata Japanese elm, grows in every direction, and is a Kyoto Prefecture Designated Natural Monument. The wisteria is in full bloom around mid-May 5 when it draws large numbers of visitors.

Best viewing season: Early to mid-May

Access

Take train to Oe Station on the Kyoto Tango Railway, then take City Bus Nika South line to "Minami Ariji", then walk for 20 minutes.

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Kanonji Temple hydrangeas

The Kanonji Temple is said to have been built in the year 720, and is covered by over 10,000 hydrangeas during the rainy season. It is also considered the "No. 1 sacred place for temple flowers in Kansai" and is famously known as "Ajisai Dera" (the hydrangea temple).

Best viewing season: Mid-June to Early July

Access

Take train to Isa Station on the JR San-in Line, then walk 15 minutes.
Take Kyoto Kotsu Bus Fukuchiyama Line from JR Ayabe Station to the "Kannonji" stop, then walk 5 minutes.

Map here

Dogenji Temple peonies

This temple was built on the site of the ruins of Isa Castle which was constructed sometime during the Azuchi–Momoyama Period. 30 different types of over 250 colorful peonies bloom here around May every year, and the temple is also known by the nickname "Botan-ji" (peony temple).

Best viewing season: Late April to early May

Access

Take train to Isa Station on the JR San-in Line, then walk 10 minutes.
Take Kyoto Kotsu Bus Fukuchiyama Line from JR Ayabe Station to the "Isa" stop, then walk 3 minutes.

Map here

Raikoji Temple Chinese fringetree

This temple is famous as the temple where Minamotono Yoritomo prayed for victory over the oni in one of the Mount Oe oni legends. Many people visit the temple in May to see the Chinese fringetree in full bloom with hundreds of little white flowers.

Best viewing season: Early-May

Access

Take Kyoto Kotsu Bus Kawakita Line from JR Fukuchiyama Station to the "Kawakita" stop, then walk 1 minute.

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Nozasa water lilies

Pink, white, yellow, and various other colored water lilies decorate the surface of the Hatada pond in Nozasa, and the pond is famously known as the "suiren ike" (water lily pond). The site has been selected as one of Kyoto's Best 100 Reservoir Ponds and attracts large numbers of visitors from June to September.

Best viewing season: June-September

Access

Take train to Shimo-Yakuno Station on the JR San-in Line, then walk 50 minutes.
Take the Kyoto Kotsu Bus Yakuno Line from JR Fukuchiyama Station to the "Oyama" stop, then walk 20 minutes.

Map here

Yosenji Temple Japanese bush clover

This Nanzen-ji branch Rinzai Sect Zen Buddhist temple was established in 1339. The entire temple grounds are covered in Japanese bush clover and it is affectionately known as the "Tanba hagi tera" (Tanba Japanese bush clover temple).

Best viewing season: Early September to mid-September

Access

Take Anga Bus from JR Fukuchiyama Station to the "Nakamura Danchi Mae" stop, then walk 5 minutes.

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Kyuhoji Temple hibiscus

This temple is the no. 6 amulet-issuing office on the Amadagun Kannon circuit, and is famous for the white, purple, red, and other colors of hibiscus which decorate the temple approach.

Best viewing season: Late June - Early July

Access

Take the JR Bus Enbuku Line from JR Fukuchiyama Station to the "Senzoku" bus stop, then take the City Bus Hagi Go Ubara Line to the "Obata" stop and walk 20 minutes.

Map here