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 61st anniversary of the Sengan-en Chrysanthemum Festival.
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.