Horikiri Shobuen and its beautiful Japanese Iris Garden

Horikiri Shobuen is a beautiful Japanese iris garden. Every year it puts on a festival for the flowers. It was hot when I went, but totally worth it. For flower photography it is great. By the way, do you know this place?

What is Horikiri Shobuen?

Horikiri Shobuen is a flower park. It’s located in Horikiri which is in Tokyo’s Katsushika Ward. That puts it in the city’s east about four kilometers from Tokyo Sktyree.

The park opened in Japan’s Edo period (1603-1868). Its iris garden was used as a tourist attraction. It was chosen as a subject by famous ukiyo-e artists like Utagawa Hiroshige. They loved its beauty.

Today it is still famous and just as popular. Every year in mid-June, the park displays 6,000 Japanese irises for visitors. Flower photographers need to put this place on their bucket list.

Why do I like it?

  • The quality of the flowers is awesome.
  • It’s spacious.
  • Horikiri Shobuen is in Tokyo’s suburbs so it’s something different.

What don’t I like about it?

The Metropolitan Expressway is next to it. It’s big, ugly, and old. It’ll make you think carefully about your compositions.

Horikri Shobuen Japanese Iris Festival Video

This time, I did something different. I made a video of the garden. Please enjoy.

Play Video about a field of flowers with people walking around


I hope you like these photos. Horikiri Shobuen should be on your bucket list if you enjoy flower photography.  It really is beautiful. Just be careful with the Expressway next to it!

When did I take these photos and video?

June 15, 2024

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