Feel Giddy as a Bride in the Charming Waterside Town of Itako

Take a beautiful and romantic trip to this Ibaraki location famous for its Iris Festival

In the south-eastern part of Ibaraki Prefecture is the small city of Itako. With river access to Edo (old Tokyo), it flourished during Japan's feudal period. Built atop canals, the city came to depend on boats as a means of transportation. One particularly famous tradition that spread from this legacy is new brides being escorted by boat to their grooms, now recreated as an event that highlights Itako’s Iris Festival.

From late May to late June, the city blooms with brilliantly colored irises that will leave you awestruck. Over 1 million irises of 500 varieties fill the town as part of the Suigo Itako Iris Festival. Recently or soon-to-be-married couples apply for this event to make their union as romantic as possible. You’ll be able to feel the brides’ excitement as you watch them float by on traditional boats.

Also common during the festival are rickshaw rides. Consider hiring one so you can sit back and enjoy a relaxing ride through Itako's charming townscape.

Itako is located just 40 minutes by train from Narita Airport (70 minutes by bus from Tokyo Station), making it an excellent day trip for visitors to the greater Tokyo area.

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