The Growing Field of Oriental Paperbush and Fringed Iris (Oitomi, the Origins of Water)

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海の京都・森の京都
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In "Suigen no Sato---Oitomi" (Oitomi, the Origins of Water) in Ayabe city, the woods are a beautiful site to visit during the flowering seasons from end of March to mid-May. From the end of March to mid-April, the Oriental Paperbush covers one side of the Japanese cedar woods (1.5 hectares) with its yellow colour and rich fragrance. Oriental Paperbush, or Mitsumata, is a 1-2 meters tall deciduous shrub. The branches separate into three, and the small flowers are made of four sepals with no petals. The bark is rich in fibres and have been used as material for Washi (Japanese paper) and money. From the end of April to mid-May, 4.5 hectares of the woods are covered with snow-white Fringed Iris, including a 400 meters long "Fringed Iris Lane" and creating a mysterious atmosphere. Fringed Iris is a 30-50 centimeters tall evergreen perennial plant. The Japanese species do not bear seeds, and new buds grow from the long rhizome underground to create a large growing field in the humid area of the woods. The flowers are short-lived with a life of a single day, but every day new flowers bloom. The growing field of Oriental Paperbush and Fringed Iris was discovered by a photographer in 2015, and is a very rare sight in Japan. During the flowering seasons, there is a resting area named Hanayadori which sells tea, coffee, sweet red bean soup and local goods. It opens on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays from 10:00 to 15:00 from end of March to mid-May. Because the forest lanes are unpaved, it is recommended to wear sneakers or shoes that are not afraid of getting dirty when visiting.

Basic information

Ideal season

End of March to mid-April (Oriental Paperbush), end of April to mid-May (Fringed Iris)

Venue name

The Growing Field of Oriental Paperbush and Fringed Iris (Oitomi, the Origins of Water)

Address

Postal code:623-1134
Zainaka, Oitomi Cho, Ayabe City, Kyoto Prefecture

Parking

Number of regular vehicles: 60

Number of large vehicles: 1 tour bus(An advance reservation is required)(Charges: small and medium size: 1000 yen; large size: 2000)

Charges

Other: Maintenance fee 200 yen per person

Access

Train : 45 minutes by taxi from JR Ayabe Station
From JR Ayabe Station, take city bus (Aya bus) Kanbayashi line/Omi Ichinose line for 1 hour, get off at Omi, and walk for 1 hour (5.6km)

Car : Take National Highway 27, from the Yamaga intersection, enter Prefectural Route 1 until close to Fukui.

※Please check the following link for location:
https://www.google.co.jp/maps/place/シャガ・ミツマタ群生地/@35.4441271,135.4825589,17z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m5!3m4!1s0x600028e3b6c690dd:0x93a936a9e04a9a36!8m2!3d35.4441227!4d135.4847476

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Contact information

Name

The Growing Field of Oriental Paperbush and Fringed Iris (Oitomi, the Origins of Water)

Website

Ayabe City Sightseeing Guide

Map

Official site for Kyoto Prefecture, Japan Kyoto Tourism > The Growing Field of Oriental Paperbush and Fringed Iris (Oitomi, the Origins of Water)