30,000 flowers representing 300 flower varieties of bloom in Motsuji's 30 hectare iris garden. Enjoy the exquisite contrast of brilliant yet delicate purple, white, and yellow flowers against the richly colored backdrop of the temple's Pure Land Garden.
The garden began in 1953 as a small planting in front of the Kaisando Hall as the result of a proposal by Hiraizumi citizens. The following year the temple received 100 flowers (each a different variety) from Meiji Jingu Shrine, and the collection has continued to grow.
Events during the festival include performances of the Ennen no Mai longevity rites, the tea ceremony, and sketching events.