Nihonmatsu Chrysanthemum Festival

Flowers that make smiles blossom

Oct 1st
Nov 17th
Venue: Kasumiga-jo Park When: Oct 1st - Nov 17th 2019, 9:00am - 4:00pm

The Nihonmatsu Chrysanthemum Festival is a month-long chrysanthemum festival featuring dolls dressed in floral attire. Continuing for over 60 years and taking place at the Kasumiga Castle ruins (霞ヶ城公園), the event has become a major attraction in Fukushima Prefecture.

The festival is more like a flower show with a twist. You walk along a marked course at your pace. You'll see many chrysanthemums in their many different shapes and colors. Historical figures are set in displays and feature dolls wearing clothing made from flowers. In addition to the showcased flowers and dolls, there is a garden zone, small petting zoo, and area to buy your flowers. Expect a walkthrough to take about an hour. Vendors await outside with food and goods.

The event takes place each fall from October to November every year. Overall a beautiful event worth traveling out of the way for if you have the time.

Getting there

Located a five minute drive from the Nihonmatsu IC or a 20 minute walk from Nihonmatsu Station.

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Justin Velgus (ジャスティン ベルガス) is a long-term resident and promoter in the Tohoku region. He has been a content producer for since 2012 and was the Miyagi Prefecture Regional Partner 2013-2015. Justin's over 300 published travel and culture articles come from a background of studying in Akita, teaching English in Miyagi through the JET Program, and working for the government in Fukushima. He lives in the gyutan capital of the world, Sendai.   Justin is an expert in local culture and history. He was the first foreign volunteer at Sendai City Museum and regularly advises the local volunteer guide group GOZAIN , which he is a veteran member, on guiding techniques and hidden locations in the city even locals don't know about. In his free time he enjoys delivering original walking tours, such as his Dark Sendai Tour (ghost tour) or Kokubuncho Mystery Tour (redlight district tour). Justin is also a Certified Sake Professional.