Motobu, Okinawa

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!

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

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