Kinosaki Inspirations

Hydrangeas in Toyooka

  • Perhaps one of the most widespread harbingers of summer in Toyooka City are the blooming hydrangeas, a flower originally cultivated in Japan, found across all areas of town.

    Check below for a complete rundown of optimal hydrangea flower viewing times, places, and other great activities to enjoy in between.

  • Genbudo Caves: from June

    The Genbudo Caves is a scenic park in Toyooka City that is home to five beautiful basalt caves with hexagonal stone patterns and columnar stone joints. Begin your summertime adventure exploring Genbudo Park and admiring the unique formations of this natural national monument, also a part of the San’in Kaigan UNESCO Global Geopark. During June and July, vibrant blue hydrangeas can be seen sprouting in groups alongside the caves and walkways, creating an exceptional natural contrast between delicate blooms and commanding cave formations.

    Enjoy the rest of the afternoon perusing the Genbudo Museum. Savor a local lunch at the museum cafe as you further admire the summertime scenery the Maruyama River provides diners. Afterwards, perhaps try your hand at willow craft and weave your own basket or coaster in a crafty and relaxing experience with the help of museum staff.

  • Tanto Okuaka Area: From late June to early July

    The countryside town of Tanto runs a yearly hydrangea viewing from late June to early July in the Okuaka area. Enveloped by charming storybook scenery, consider spending the day further exploring Tanto beyond the lovely flora with a stay at Silk Onsen Yamabiko.

  • Silk Onsen Yamabiko
    Silk Onsen Yamabiko
  • Unwind in the indoor and outdoor hot springs while enjoying the unbeatable mountain views.

  • About

    Danielle Leveille

    Danielle Leveille

    Junior Local Expert

    Originally from Chicago in the USA. She currently works for Visit Kinosaki as a coordinator for international relations. A lover of Tajima beef and hidden sightseeing spots, she can be found either at one of her favorite restaurants or exploring a secret nook in town.