Akkeshi Ayame Irises in half bloom, protected by horses

A horse leisurely strolling along the grass fields where Ayame Irises grow. Daikoku Island is visible in the background.

At the Ayamegahara Primeval Flower Garden in Eastern Hokkaido’s town of Akkeshi, Ayame Irises are in their viewing season. Ayamegahara is a famous sightseeing spot situated along the seashore area of Akkeshi-Kiritappu-Konbumori Quasi National Park. It is home to about three hundred thousand flowers growing on hill land approximately 100 hectares in size. Ten horses are allowed to graze the land to protect the Ayame Irises from weeds. Visitors can enjoy watching them eat grass with Daikoku Island in the background.

Ayame Iris is the Akkeshi town flower. According to the town government, it began blooming on June 7, and was at half-bloom by June 18. This was about four days sooner than usual. A representative reported, “The flowers will bloom fully towards the end of June, and the sight can be enjoyed until early July.”

Ayame Irises spread out on both sides of the walking path with their magnificent blue-purple petals. Horses have been set out to graze on the grassy field from June 1 onward. They eat the weeds around the Ayame Irises. The Chinbe-no-Hana observation platform boasts a panorama encompassing a view of the Pacific Ocean, Daikoku Island, and the Primeval Flower Garden, and is said to dispel the coronavirus pandemic gloom.


Ayamegahara Primeval Flower Garden