1. Iris flowers are in full bloom now !
The Ayame or Iris festival is held from May 28th to June 26 at Itako in Ibaraki prefecture about 2 hours train ride from Tokyo.
2. There are attractions during the festival
One of them is a demonstration of a bride walking through the flowers for wedding on Wensday, Saturday and Sunday at 11 and 14 o'clock during the festival.
She is riding a boat for wedding.
Another attraction is a Japanese dancing with music for the festival at 15 o'clock on every Sunday during the festival.
3. Other things to do
You can ride a boat moved by a man or woman with 1000JPY.
By paying 1400JPY, there is a longer cruise of very narrow canals under 12 bridges.
There are variety of Japanese sweets you can eat. I ate Kuzukiri with plum sirup which tasted great.
There are displays of most beautiful iris flowers which you can buy with reasonable price.They will teach you how to bloom beautiful flowers next year.
If you go there by a JR express train, young girls wearing Kimono welcomes to take a picture with you at the station.
A map around Itako, sorry in Japanese.If you are interested,please let me know, I can take you until June 26th during the festival.