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Hydrangeas at Shinonome no Sato: Video Introduction

This video, titled "Hydrangeas at Shinonome no Sato (Izumi, Kagoshima) [4K]"(紫陽花(アジサイ) 東雲の里(鹿児島県出水市) 【4K】) was uploaded by "Doronpi."

Shinonome no Sato was created by taking advantage of the rolling hills of the mountain. This video shows what it's like to take a stroll through the garden while viewing the different varieites of hydrangeas. The video also features bird's eye views, so you can see what Shinonome no Sato is like from the skies, with hydrangeas extending as far as the eye can see.

It's a beautiful scene that can only be seen during the rainy season in Japan. You can really feel the radiance of the hydrangeas as the flow in the sunlight in this 4K video.
Be sure to take your time to viewing the hydrangeas Shinonome no Sato in the video, before reading along.

A Beautiful Hydrangea Garden Made From Scratch: An Introduction to Shinonome no Sato

Image of Shinonome no Sato, Izumi, Kagoshima
Photo:Shinonome no Sato, Izumi, Kagoshima

Shinonome no Sato is a garden located in Izumi, Kagoshima, in Japan's Kyushu region. The owner of the garden cleared a desolate mountainside, and opened the garden in 1995. The garden is a large area of about 40,000 tsubo (~32.5 acres) that takes advantage of the rolling hills of the mountain, and is planted with hydrangeas and other flowers and trees that reflect the four seasons of Japan.

The Hydrangea Festival held in June attracts many tourists each year. The hydrangea blooming on both sides of the promenade are highly praised for being within arms' length.

The owner of the garden is also a potter and there is a corner in the park where he exhibits his ceramic works. The works can be purchased as well, so if you're looking for a new coffee cup or souvenirs, you're sure to find something among his one-of-a-kind works.

Hydrangea Bloom Periods and the Best Time to Visit Shinonome no Sato

Image of hydrangeas at Shinonome no Sato, Izumi, Kagoshima
Photo:Hydrangeas at Shinonome no Sato, Izumi, Kagoshima

The Hydrangea Festival at Shinonome no Sato is generally held from early June to coincide with the blooming of the hydrangeas. The festival features 100,000 hydrangeas of 160 varieties, making it one of the most populated hydrangea spots in Japan. This is a rare event where visitors can see many different varieties of hydrangeas blooming in a variety of colors all at once. Usually, admission to Shinonome no Sato is free, but during the Hydrangea Festival and Autumn Leaves Festival, there's a 500 yen admission fee for junior high school students and older (free for elementary school students and younger). Shinonome no Sato is well known for its hydrangeas and spacious grounds that allow visitors can stroll around at their leisure.

Enjoy Tasty Soba Noodles at Shinonome no Sato

Within the spacious grounds of Shinonome no Sato is Nama Soba Kusanoi, a soba restaurant selling delicious, handmade soba noodles. The owner is very particular about the seeds used to make the soba, making it a popular place to eat. Dishes made by the owner owner of Shinonome no Sato, are decorated with seasonal flowers and plants. It's well known for its tasteful appearance highlighting the seasons as well as its flavor.

A café menu including cake sets is also available, making it a great place to take a break after a stroll through the garden. The architecture, which is in the style of a traditional Japanese residence, is carefully decorated and furnished to provide a relaxing atmosphere.
Eating delicious soba and viewing the beautiful hydrangeas makes it a place that will stimulate all five of your senses.

Experience the 4 Seasons of Japan at Shinonome no Sato

Image of weeping cherry blossoms
Photo:Weeping cherry blossoms

In addition to the hydrangeas in June, Shinonome no Sato also features a variety of seasonal views: in April, there's colorful weeping cherry blossoms, and in November, guests can enjoy the beauty of autumn as the leaves change color. A visit to Shinonome no Sato is a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city and recharge in nature.

Things to Do Near Shinonome no Sato

Shinonome no Sato is located 25 minutes from the city of Izumi by car. Because of this, there isn't much to do in the immediate area surrounding the hydrangea garden. That being said, if you make your way back to Izumi, there are a few places we recommend checking out.

Izumi-Fumoto Samurai Residences & the Izumi Historical Museum
The samurai residences in Izumi were built some 400 years ago and today the area remains one of the largest samurai villages in Japan. Visitors to the Izumi-Fumoto Samurai Residences can enjoy learning about the history of the area and the Satsuma Domain, while seeing samurai armor and weapons and learning how people lived back then. There is also an ox carriage tour that takes you on a 25-minute-long tour of the area.

Located right next to the Izumi-Fumoto Samurai Residences, the Izumi Historical Museum features a variety of exhibits with which to learn about the history of Izumi and the Satsuma Domain, including exhibits on traditional Japanese archery practiced by samurai, and the historical significance of Izumi.

Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Last entry 4:30 pm)
Admission Fee: High school students and older: 510 yen (460 yen)
Elementary and junior high school students: 300 yen (260 yen)
※Brackets indicate prices for groups of 20 or more.

Izumi Crane Museum and Park
As the largest crane migration grounds in Japan, each year Izumi sees more than 10,000 cranes between October and December, which migrate there all the way from Serbia. At the museum, visitors can learn about different varieties of cranes and see what they look like in their natural habitats.

Hours: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Last entry 4:30 pm).
Closed: Every Monday from April to October (or the following day if Monday is a national holiday)
Admission Fee: Adults: 330 yen (260 yen), University and High school students: 220 yen (170 yen), Middle and elementary school students: 110 yen (80 yen)
※Brackets indicate prices for groups of 20 or more.

Summary of Shinonome no Sato

Known for its hydrangeas, Shinonome no Sato is highly rated on Google Maps reviews as a place to enjoy beautiful scenery and food. It's a healing spot where seasonal flowers and plants gently greet visitors. The expansive grounds are perfect for those looking to take a leisurely stroll and forget about the passage of time. If you've got the time, drop by to enjoy the flowers, the delicious food, and handmade ceramics!

◆Shinonome no Sato◆
【Address】2881 Kami-Okawauchi, Izumi City, Kagoshima Prefecture
【Admission】Junior high school students and older: 500 yen, Elementary school students and younger: free
※Admission is free outside of the Hydrangea Festival and Autumn Leaves Festival event periods
【Hours】9:30 am - 4:30 pm
【Access】From Fukuoka: Minami-Kyushu Expressway Tsunaki IC→National Route 3→National Route 447→Shinonome no Sato
 From the Kyushu Longitudinal Expressway→Kurino IC→Route 267→Route 447→Shinonome no Sato

【Official Website】Welcome to the Website of Shinonome no Sato|Izumi City

【TripAdvisor】Shinonome no Sato

Written By
Last Updated : May. 18, 2023
鈴木 正孝(Masataka Suzuki)
A writer born and raised in Asakusa, Tokyo who loves traveling and novels
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