Kiku Flowers (Chrysanthemum)
Growing Kiku flowers or Chrysanthemum for an ornamental is a part of traditional culture in Japan. As with Bonsai artists, some florists are specialized in producing artistic Kiku flowers, and a number of Kiku flower festivals/competitions are held in autumn throughout Japan.
Kiku 菊 is one of the classic autumn flowers regarded as the national flower of Japan, which has been used to symbolize royalty in history. The image of Kiku flowers can be found in the seals of the Emperor's family and Shogun families, as well as the 50-yen coin.
Kiku festivals are often held at tourist spots, major temples and shrines, it gives an opportunity to see such beautiful flowers for tourists in late autumn.
Extra Info here. Kiku is a funeral flower and it is no good to gift the flower to sick persons in bed. It is also no good to gift potted flowers as laying down roots in a pot is associated with being prolonged to stay in bed.
Kiku Flower Festivals in Tokyo & Vicinity
Asakusa Sensoji Temple
Mid. October - Mid. November
Location : Asakusa Sensoji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo
Sensoji Temple (Japanese website)
Google Maps : https://goo.gl/maps/DpE8H
Take the Ginza subway line train and get off at Asakusa station. A 5-min walk to the temple.
Related article - Asakusa
October 20th - November 15th
Location : Narita, Chiba prefecture
Naritasan Temple official website
Attractions in Narita City | Naritasan Shinshoji Temple
Late Octobert - Mid. November
Location : Meiji-jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Tokyo
Meiji-jingu Shrine official website
Take the JR Yamanote line train and get off at Harajuku station. A 3-min walk to the shrine entrance.
Tokyo Metropolitan Tourism Chrysanthemum Exhibition
November 1st - November 23rd
Location: Hibiya Park (near Imperial Palace), Hibiya, Tokyo
Take the JR Yamanote line and get off at Yurakucho staion. A 8-min walk.
October 27th – November 23th 2018
Location: Kameido-tenjin Shrine, Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Kameido-tenjin Shrine (Japanese website)
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/uOcL3
Take the JR Sobu-sen line and get off at Kameido station. Approx. A 15-min walk from Kameido station (North Exit) to Kameido-tenjin.
Yushima-tenjin (Bunkyo-ku Kiku Festival)
October 1st – November 23rd 2016
Location: Yushima-tenjin Shrine, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo
Info by Bunkyo-ku gov. office
Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/RSCg4
A 2-min walk from Yushima station on the Chiyoda subway line. *Located In a walking distance from Ameyoko shopping, About a 15-min walk.
October 28th – November 17th 2016
Location: Takahata-fudo Temple, Hino city, Tokyo
Takahata-fudoson Temple 高幡不動尊金剛寺
Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/p21T5
From Shinjuku staion of the Keio Railway, take the Keio-sen Line and get off at Takahatafudo station 高幡不動駅 (Travel time: About.32min.) , A 3-min walk to Takahatafudo from the station.
Jindai Botanical Gardens
October 26th - November 18th 2018
Location: Jindai Botanical Gardens, Jindaiji, Tokyo
The Jindai Botanical Gardens (神代植物公園) is one of Tokyo Metropolitan Parks located in Chofu city. The Jindai Botanical Gardens is next to Jindaiji temple, another tourist attraction in Chofu, famous for Soba noodle restaurants in the front approach.
Info by the bureau of construction TOKYO Metro. Gov.
Kitain Temple at Kawagoe
November 1st - November 23rd
Location : Kawagoe city, Saitama prefecture
Kitain Temple official website
From Ikebukuro Station on the Tobu Raiway, take Tobutojo-sen Line 東武東上線 (Express. Travel time 32 min.) and get off at Kawagoe 川越. A 20-min walk to Kitain temple.
Odawara Castle Park
November 3rd - November 15th 2018
Location : Odawara city, Kanagawa prefecture
Info by Odawara city (Japanese website)
Odawara Tourist Association
Related article on digi-joho: Guide to Odawara City and Odawara Castle
From Shinjuku Station on the Odakyu line, take Odakyu-Odawara Line (Express) and get off at Odawara station. (Travel time 1 hour 30 min.) A 10-min walk to Odawara Castle from the station.
October 20th - November 25th 2015
Location : Kawasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture
Kawasaki-daishi Temple official website
Google Maps : https://goo.gl/maps/KGXu1
From Kawasaki Station on the Keikyu Railway 京急川崎駅, take the Daishi-sen line 大師線 and get off at Kawasaki Daishi Station 川崎大師駅. A 8-min walk.