Each year during the month of June, the Fukiage Iris Park on the outskirts of Tokyo comes alive with thousands of irises in bloom in numerous different varieties. The flowers are set up in what seems to be a color gradient format, with deep purples progressing into lighter purples, all the way to white ones.
Throughout the park there are boardwalks where visitors can stroll along to appreciate the flowers up close, and in typical years there are also food booths selling things like yakitori (skewered grilled chicken) and yakisoba (fried noodles).
Admission to the park during iris season is priced at a very reasonable 200 yen.
The Fukiage Iris Park is located approximately fifteen minutes on foot from the JR Higashi-Ome Station, served by the Ome Line.
For those who opt to drive, parking is available - during the iris season it's charged at a rate of 300 yen per vehicle.
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