Sengan-en Chrysanthemum Festival
Delight in the display of over 15,000 chrysanthemums against the stunning backdrop of active volcano Sakurajima. Impressive display pieces, mannequins wearing flower kimono, and carefully manicured bonsai bring a wave of colour to Sengan-en.
In order for the chrysanthemums to bloom at the same time, dedicated gardeners spend weeks wiring each bud closed to prevent them blooming too early in a process called “osae”.
The process must be repeated several times before the flowers are ready to bloom.
Local enthusiasts will bring their best chrysanthemum bonsai for a competition, and the fascinating “tairin-giku” where hundreds of flowers are grown from a single stalk will be on display.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Sengan-en Chrysanthemum Festival, and 400 years since the death of legendary samurai general Shimadzu Yoshihiro.
Displays showing Yoshihiro’s exploits, such as his daring escape from the battlefield at Sekigahara will be set up around the gardens for you to enjoy.
The Chrysanthemum Festival is one of the most popular events at Sengan-en, and is the only chance to see the delicate flowers against the backdrop of an imposing active volcano.