Beautiful hydrangeas at a canceled Tokyo festival

Hakusan Shrine hydrangea-lined path

There were no beautiful hydrangeas at Hakusan Shrine in 2020. Well, there were but the festival was canceled. The same thing happened in 2021. That year, I went anyway. I wanted to do some flower photography. And I’m glad I went. Why?

blue hydrangea

I thought very few people would be at the shrine. And that turned out to be true. When I arrived mid-morning, there weren’t many there. There were only a couple of photographers and a few dropping in to pray.

many beautiful hydrangeas

But I had a great time. It was easy to get photos having the flowers almost to myself. I only had to wait for a couple of shots which wasn’t a bother. And that was only for a mother with a baby in a pram passing through.

One thing could have been better. More hydrangeas should have been around the shrine itself. Usually, they are in planters. But, with the cancellation of the festival, they weren’t needed. If they had been there, my day would have been perfect.

Hakusan Shrine golden-eyed komainu

For this event, I took three lenses with me. In the end, I only used the XF 16-55mm f/2.8. The shrine’s grounds are compact, so I didn’t need a zoom or ultra-wide angle. I couldn’t find a reason to use anything else.

In the end, it was disappointing that coronavirus has affected Tokyo this way. To see Hakusan Shrine’s Hydrangea Festival canceled again was terrible. But, on the other hand, it was a blessing for me. I got the flowers to myself.

Beautiful hydrangea bed

For that visit, the hydrangeas were in excellent condition. I have never seen them at their peak before. They were very impressive. It was a thrill to be there.

hydrangeas with Hakusan shrine behind

Hakusan Shrine is an excellent place for flower photography. It is easy to get to, and the hydrangeas are brilliant. You should check them out when you have the chance.

What camera gear did I use for these beautiful hydrangeas?

  • Camera body: Fujifilm X-T3
  • Lens: Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM WR

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