In my hometown Kitami City, the flowers of azalea are in full flourish in Onneyu hot spring spa area, Rubeshibe district.
Please check the city at http://www.city.kitami.lg.jp/ that has English site.
As I discribed before, the city has the longest daylight hours in Japan and is called the city of sun or solar city. Water rodeo fighting is the big draw in Sunshine festival in Kitami that will be held on August 19(Sun.).