Yohena Ajisai (Hydrangea) Garden

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Last Sunday my friends and i had a lovely lunch at Ima Cafe and then we drove up to the Village of Izumi to visit the private Hydrangea Garden of Mrs. Uto Yohena, a 98-year-old who’s been growing Hydrangeas in her garden for thirty years! The garden is 9,000 square meters and houses over 78 species of Hydrangeas (according to this article) in a variety of beautiful colors. The garden became so popular with the tourist that in 2001 Mrs. Yohena opened it to the public. There were so many tourists the day we visited, the picture above perfectly depicts how busy it was, but i’m glad i was still able to take some nice pictures. Enjoy!

^^ they had an opera singer and then a choir performing, which was pretty random/weird (lol!) ^^^^ my favorite part about taking pictures of flowers is capturing hard working bees! ^^^^ i am so in love with this shot!! Perfect depiction of Rainy Season in Okinawa ^^^^ how cool are the colors on these, they look like watercolors ^^^^ this little shop sells shaved ice among other things! ^^

The garden is open daily between 9am-6pm from May until the end of June. It is best to visit before the first typhoon hits the island. There’s a small ¥300 fee to enter but it’s oh so worth it. We used the GPS coordinates from Map It Okinawa and found it super easily. It’s safe to say this is by far one of my favorite flower fields in Okinawa! It was so magical walking through the sea of Hydrangeas and i’m so happy that after almost 3 years on island i finally made it here!

Address:
1312 Izumi, Motobu-chō,
Kunigami-gun, Okinawa-ken 905-0221, Japan
GPS coordinates: N 26 38.831E 127 56.707

Q: What is your favorite flower?

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Hi! I'm Laura, the girl behind Little Island Takara. I am a military wife and American expat living in Okinawa, Japan! Most days you will find me reading books, wondering what cafe to go to next or daydreaming of my next adventure.

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  • Hannah Curtis

    this place is just so beautiful! so pleased you made it up there, and despite the people at least it wasn't raining! p.s. every time I see a picture of you wearing those sandals I want them!

  • It's so magical!! Yeah it looked like it was going to rain but i'm happy it didn't, even if the humidity was killing us (HA!). Also, you should totally get the sandals! They are supposed to be for kids but they are suuper comfortable. Maybe you should get you and the girls a pair, they come in super fun colors too! I'm thinking about getting the gold ones.

    http://www.amazon.com/Salt-Water-Sandals-Original-Sandal/dp/B004YWQHY8/ref=sr_1_1?s=apparel&ie=UTF8&qid=1433652480&sr=1-1&keywords=saltwater+sandals&pebp=1433652527919&perid=0KT1DAN17XR1JZQB54CC

  • these photos are stunning hydrangeas are gorgeous. I love that shot with the hard-working bee. :]

    // ▲ itsCarmen.com ▲

  • I don't think i had ever seen hydrangeas before and they definitely stole my heart! That is also one of my favorite shots! ^_^

  • This is just so beautiful!! Hydrangeas are my favorite flower 🙂 I used blue and white ones in my wedding, so these photos take me back. This has to be the most beautiful garden in the whole world!

  • Hannah Curtis

    I ordered some for Clio but her feet were so wide they didn't fit lol! But I reckon Eden & I could/should definitely get some!

  • What a gorgeous garden. We had hydrangeas in the house I grew up in so they have a special place in my heart. My mum tried to change the colour of the flowers by putting dye in the soil, so they went a mixture of pink, purple and blue, which wasn't intended, but was still lovely.

  • Rachael Brennan

    I've got the sandals in red and Silver. I love them and had to stop myself from buying them in ALL the colours!

  • emi

    hello HEART EYES! hydrangeas are the best flower and this is amazing to see so many in one place!

    xo welltraveledwife.com

  • Kassie ODriscoll

    I really love the umbrella photo, too! You have some great photos on this post! I loved the garden – reminded me of the Wizard of Oz!

  • I completely agree this garden is the most beautiful in the world!! I had never seen hydrangeas before but now i know why people love them so much, they are gorgeous!! What a fun choice for a wedding flower, now i want to see pictures of your wedding!!!! <3

  • One of my favorite things about the garden was the variety of colors! I'm so happy to hear that this post brought back some childhood memories <3

  • Yuuup, Heart eyes for days!!! I'm still super impressed by how big the garden is and most of it is on a hill! How a 98 year old tends to this garden daily is beyong me! xP

  • It's my favorite!!! I only took 1 because there were so many people behind us so i'm soo happy that it turned out beautifully! Thanks Kassie!

  • I'll be posting some in late July as part of a 5 year anniversary post! 🙂