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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

Asakusa Sensoji Temple

Mid. October - Mid. November
Location : Asakusa Sensoji Temple, Asakusa, Tokyo
Admission free

Sensoji Temple (Japanese website)
Google Maps : https://goo.gl/maps/DpE8H
Getting there
Take the Ginza subway line train and get off at Asakusa station. A 5-min walk to the temple.
Related article - Asakusa

Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

Naritasan Temple

October 20th - November 15th
Location : Narita, Chiba prefecture
Admission free

Naritasan Temple official website
Related article:
Attractions in Narita City | Naritasan Shinshoji Temple

Meiji Jingu Shrine

Meiji-jingu Shrine

Late Octobert - Mid. November
Location : Meiji-jingu Shrine, Harajuku, Tokyo
Admission free

Meiji-jingu Shrine official website

Getting there
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
Admission free

Hibiya Park
Getting there
Take the JR Yamanote line and get off at Yurakucho staion. A 8-min walk.

Kameido Tenjin Shrine

Kameido-tenjin Shrine

October 27th – November 23th 2018
Location: Kameido-tenjin Shrine, Kameido, Koto-ku, Tokyo
Admission free

Kameido-tenjin Shrine (Japanese website)
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/uOcL3
Getting there
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 Shrine

Yushima-tenjin (Bunkyo-ku Kiku Festival)

October 1st – November 23rd 2016
Location: Yushima-tenjin Shrine, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo

Admission free

Info by Bunkyo-ku gov. office
Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/RSCg4
Getting there:
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.

Takahata Fudo Temple

Takahata-fudoson Temple

October 28th – November 17th 2016
Location: Takahata-fudo Temple, Hino city, Tokyo

Admission free

Takahata-fudoson Temple 高幡不動尊金剛寺
https://www.takahatafudoson.or.jp/(Japanese website)
Google Maps https://goo.gl/maps/p21T5
Getting there:
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

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.
https://www.kensetsu.metro.tokyo.lg.jp/content/000007552.pdf (PDF)

Jindaiji temple 深大寺 (Japanese website) https://www.jindaiji.or.jp/
Related article : Jindaiji and Jindai botanical gardens

Kawagoe Kitain Temple

Kitain Temple at Kawagoe

November 1st - November 23rd
Location : Kawagoe city, Saitama prefecture
Admission free

Kitain Temple official website
Getting there
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

Odawara Castle Park

November 3rd - November 15th 2018
Location : Odawara city, Kanagawa prefecture
Admission free

Info by Odawara city (Japanese website)

Odawara Tourist Association

Related article on digi-joho: Guide to Odawara City and Odawara Castle
Getting there
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.

Kawasaki-daishi Temple

October 20th - November 25th 2015
Location : Kawasaki city, Kanagawa prefecture
Admission free

Kawasaki-daishi Temple official website
Google Maps : https://goo.gl/maps/KGXu1
Getting there
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.