Shimoda Park 下田公園
A park full of hydrangeas and history
On a hillside near Shimoda city center, Shimoda Park is home to more than a thousand beautiful hydrangea bushes.
How to Get There
Take the bus from Izukyu-Shimoda Station and get off at the Shimoda Aquarium. The park is directly behind the aquarium.
Shimoda Park surrounds the ruins of Ushima Castle
The park features a monument to the opening of Japan-U.S. diplomatic relations
The Ajisai Festival takes place in June when the hydrangeas are in bloom
Pink, purple and blue
The park looks out over Shimoda Bay at the southern end of the Izu Peninsula and is famous for its hydrangeas, or ajisai, which burst into color every June. The huge number of hydrangeas in bloom draws visitors from all over the country, and the park comes alive with food stalls and entertainment.
The beginning of an era
Shimoda was the location of the first American consulate in Japan after a treaty established diplomatic relations in 1854. A memorial to the treaty was erected in 1957 and still stands in the park today.
With its unmatched views of the coastline and a historical monument to the establishment of Japan-U.S. relations, Shimoda Park is a beautiful place for a wander when you're in Izu.