Ikasuri Shrine is located in Hommachi, which is just north of the famous Shinsaibashi shopping and entertainment area I often mention in this blog.
This was my second or third time visiting Ikasuri Shrine to see the hydrangeas, and I've been impressed every time. You may not see many hydrangeas as soon as you enter the temple grounds, but once you walk in a little further you'll be able to see them peaking out from the sides of the temple building. The garden isn't large, but the hydrangeas are really packed in.
I really think this is a great little place right in the heart of the Osaka to see hydrangeas, and surprisingly there is no entrance fee.
Most gardens in Japan that are well-known for hydrangeas are quite a way out of the city, but here at Ikasuri Shrine you can easily pop in for a quick visit. It's conveniently located close to Hommachi station, but also easily accessible on foot from Shinsaibashi station if you don't mind a little walk. I highly recommend a visit to Ikasuri Shrine if you want to catch a glimpse of hydrangeas in Osaka without having to trek out of the city.
If you're looking for a larger and more impressive garden in which to see hydrangeas, I recommend making the trip to Kyoto to see Mimurotoji Hydrangea Garden. It's definitely worth a visit if you're a hydrangea lover!
When do hydrangeas bloom in Japan?
Hydrangeas in Japan bloom during the rainy season which is usually sometime between May and the beginning of July, depending on location. The amount of rain that falls during this period varies a lot, but honestly, it's not as rainy and miserable as it sounds!
It's during the rainy season that Japan starts to warm up and the humidity begins to climb. Don't forget to bring some light layers and possibly a pair of waterproof shoes if you're travelling to Japan during rainy season. Umbrellas can be bought at convenience stores if needed, so don't bother bringing one from home.
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Suggested access: Hommachi station.
Name in English: Ikasuri Shrine
Name in Japanese: 坐摩神社
Address in Japanese: 〒541-0056 Osaka, 大阪市中央区 久太郎町４丁目渡辺３