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Suigosawara Ayame Matsuri or Suigosawara Iris Festival in Chiba

KIKI

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It is a great opportunity to see myriad types of Iris while boarding in Sappa boat in the Iris Festival. We will know about the splendid festival surrounding nature in Japan.

 

MatsuriBreakdown:

Suigosawara Iris Festival is a yearly festival, held in Suigosawara Ayame Park (水郷佐原あやめパーク), Katori city in Chiba prefecture around June. Once called Suigosawara Aquatic Botanical Garden(水郷佐原水生植物園) until April, 2017. We can enjoy nature besides iris(over 1.5million Iris of 400 kinds, bloom one another).

In addition, during the festival, we can see a traditional wedding ceremony in a Sappa boat. We cannot miss the opportunity not only to see tremendously wonderful iris but also view how beautiful the traditional style-wedding is in a Sappa ship.

Fee :

Adult: \800

over 65: \700

under 12: \400

Opening time for the festival :

A.M. 8:00 – P.M. 6:30

Things to Do and See:

Folk entertainment

Surrounded in nature besides iris, we can relax and enjoy talking a walk in the park. Since the park is full of trees and flowers, we may forget or leave fighting sprits in daily lives. We will be able to learn what differences iris(Ayame), calamus(Sho-bu) and rabbitear iris(Kakitsubata) have.

Sappa boat(さっぱ舟)

We can have a fun in riding on a Sappa boat, like an old-style Japanese boat which the people in the Edo period used for transportation or shipping in the river. Like boarding a gondola in Italy, we can get an experience about how wonderful riding on the boat is while seeing how splendid iris is. Moreover, Onna-Sendo (a female boat chief) maneuvers a boat by herself.

Fee :

above 12: \500

under 12-3: \200

Opening time for the festival :

A.M. 8:30 – P.M. 6:00

Seeing a wedding ceremony in traditional Japanese style in Sappa boat

Since Katori city is recognized as Ko-Edo (a town or city where traditional streets or buildings remain us of the atmosphere in the Edo period), we can see old-style Japanese houses or architecture in the city. Additionally, in the specified dates of the festival, there are three couples held in a wedding ceremony of traditional Japanese style, who are nominated by open recruiting. It may be a unique experience that we can be assembled to pray for ever-lasting happiness and blessings. We will be stunned when catching eyes on how beautiful the bride and bridegroom are, wearing formal and classic Kimono – the bridegroom in Hakama, the bride in white wedding dress Kimono called Shiromuku.

Details about How to Access there:

We have the following ways to go to the park.

By train:

After reaching Sawara station in JR Narita line, 5- or 7-minute walk from Suigosawara Ayame Park (or Aquatic Botanical Garden) Bus Stop* During the festival, Sawara city offers you free shuttle bus from Sawara station to the park.

By car:

30 minute-ride from SawaraKatori IC(junction) or Taiei IC(junction) in Higashi-Kanto Expressway* You do not need to bring the fare for the parking lot since it is complementary. The lot can accommodate 500 cars.

By express bus:

By using Kantetsu Green Bus, 5-minute walk from Ayame-park entrance stop from Tokyo Station to Hokota (the part of Ibaraki prefecture)

Discover Chiba Prefecture!

Chiba Prefecture is a great place to visit and can boast plenty of tourist attractions. Besides, it is very close to Tokyo, and you can easily visit it within a day. However, would you like to see rural Japan? Chiba Prefecture gives you a unique opportunity to visit a land of hot springs and admire authentic traditional Japan. The following article assembled the best festivals and activities to enjoy in Chiba Prefecture, which will make your trip to Japan even more rewarding!

URL: https://festivalgo.huber-japan.com/events/events/best-festivals-things-chiba-prefecture

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KIKI

I have studied much about Japan to pass the tour guide test. I enjoy speaking English to tell the international tourists about “Real Japan”.

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