Every flower lover has Japan’s world-famous cherry blossoms bucket-listed. But there’s another bloom that this country seems to have the magic soil for: ajisai, or hydrangeas. (Did you know these guys were native to Asia? We sure didn’t.)
After blooming during the rainy season (June to July), the Japanese countryside teems with a deep, bright hydrangea blue—and nowhere more prolifically than in the seaside peninsula of Oga, where several popular temples greet tourists and worshippers alike with countless fields of magnificent flowers.
Have a look below and prepare to swoon.
And you thought New England’s hydrangea season this year was out of control.