Known as Japan’s foremost producer of ‘tsubaki’ (camellia) saplings, Kurume City is home to two internationally renowned camellia gardens – ‘kurume-shi tsubaki-en’ (Kurume City Camellia Garden) and ‘ishibashi bunka sentaa tsubaki-en’ (Ishibashi Cultural Center Camellia Garden). Taking place this year at ‘kurume-shi sekai tsubaki-kan (Kurume City World Camellia Hall), the city's annual Camellia Fair is a one-of-a-kind event, covering all things ‘tsubaki’.
Kurume is also home to the main shrine headquarters of all the Suiten-gu shrines across Japan – the headquarters being surrounded by a stunning backdrop of camellia trees, making it well worth a visit for its photo opportunities alone.
The best time to see camellia in their full bloom is from early February to late March.
【Kurume Tsubaki Fair】10th – 18th March
(Japanese only): http://www.kurume-hotomeki.jp/event/?mode=detail&id=400000000750&isSpot=&isEvent=1
【Suiten-gu Shrine Headquarters】