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  • Ashikaga Flower Park
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    3.5
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    Tochigi Pref. Ashikagashi Hasamachou 607
    A full spectrum of flowers bloom in this flower park, located in Tochigi Prefecture. One particularly famous specimen is the wisteria said to be over 140 years old, and designated as a Prefectural Natural Monument. Many visitors come from all over the country during peak season when Japan’s largest wisteria and white Japanese wisteria bloom and form a tunnel. In winter, you’ll find one of the largest illumination displays in Kanto, with four million light bulbs.

    味は良いですが、コスパ悪すぎですね。 ソースかつボウル1260円と言うのを頂きました。 フラワーパークにあるためか、ソースカツどんにサラダ合わせたワンプレートメニューのようなものでした。 ソースカツどん自体の味は良かったので、少しは救われましたが、間違いなく50%は高い価格設定だと思いました。

  • Kenrokuen Garden
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    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Kenrokumachi 1
    Kenrokuen is a traditional Japanese-style garden in Kanazawa City, Ishikawa Prefecture. The garden is said to have been first constructed in the mid-17th century in the outer bailey of Kanazawa Castle as a private garden for the lords of the Kaga Domain; it has been designated as a National Special Place of Scenic Beauty, and it ranks alongside the Kairakuen garden in Mito and the Korakuen garden in Okayama as one of the “Three Great Gardens of Japan.” Kenrokuen is renowned for its beautiful vistas, which make effective use of how nature changes with the seasons. For example, a special feature of the garden during the winter months is the Yuki-tsuri (ropes attached in a conical array to protect tree branches in a garden during the winter); another seasonal feature is the red and white plum blossom in the plum grove. In 2009 the Kenrokuen garden was awarded three stars (the maximum possible) in the Michelin Green Guide. During the peak tourist season, there is free admission at certain times, and the garden also hosts various special events, such as having the garden illuminated at night, etc.
  • Sankeien Garden
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    4.5
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    Kanagawa Pref. Yokohamashi Naka-ku Honmokusannotani 58-1
    The Sankeien garden is an extensive garden located in the Honmoku district of Southeast Yokohama, looking out over Tokyo Bay. The garden was created by Hara Sankei (Hara Tomitaro), an entrepreneur who made a fortune as a silk trader. Within the Sankeien, historic buildings relocated from Kyoto, Kamakura etc. have been skillfully positioned for best visual effect; the Sankeien now contains 10 buildings that have been designated as National Important Cultural Properties, and three that have been designated as Tangible Cultural Properties by Yokohama City Government. During Hara Sankei’s lifetime, the Sankeien garden played an important role in the cultivation and supporting of avant-garde artists; some of the classic works of modern Nihonga painting—including Maeda Seison’s “The Uprising of Enryaku-ji Monks” and Yokoyama Taikan’s “Ryuin”—were painted here.

    We decided to revisit the Sankien Gardens plan on Tuesday morning since we missed them on Sunday. The gardens don’t open until 0900 and five of us (Pam, Sue, Judy, CL and myself) jumped in one of...

  • Koishikawa Korakuen Gardens
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    Tokyo Bunkyou-ku Kouraku 1
    This is a traditional Japanese garden that was constructed on grounds belonging to the Mito Tokugawa clan in the early Edo period, and is designated as a Special Place of Scenic Beauty and a Special Historic Site. With an area of more than 70,000 square meters, various seasonal flowers and trees including plum and cherry have been planted around the Daisensui Pond that represents Lake Biwa. It is characteristic for its Chinese references such as scenery named after places in China. In the northern side of the garden visitors can appreciate a tranquil rural landscape that even includes rice paddies. Free guides are available depending on the schedule.
  • Kakegawa Kachouen
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    4.5
    246 Reviews
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    Shizuoka Pref. Kakegawashi Minamisaigou 1517
    This theme park featuring flowers and birds is located in Kakegawa City, Shizuoka Prefecture. In the glasshouse fully equipped with air conditioning you can see flowers like impatiens and water lilies. Furthermore, you can experience interacting with owls, eagles, and other birds. The park is barrier-free, with easy access for strollers and wheelchairs, and is visited by many tourists.

    Nice when you are in Kakegawa any way , I spend 2 hours (did not have lunc there) Made some nice pictures of Flamingos Owls and Eagles.

  • Florante Miyazaki
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    Miyazaki Pref. Miyazakishi Yamasakichou Hamayama 414-16
    A botanical garden where visitors can enjoy a variety of classes and hands-on activities which was first opened in April 2000 with the aim of promoting flowers and greenery in the city. An abundance of events are also held at the park and from the end of the year through the new, the park is lit up at night. The park permits visitors to bring their own food and beverages; come on a sunny day with a homemade lunch and have a picnic! A 10-minute walk from JR Miyazaki Station.
  • Atami Baien
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    Shizuoka Pref. Atamishi Baienchou 8-11
    This plum garden located in the city of Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture was first opened in 1886 and is famous for its “ume” (or Japanese plum/apricot) trees considered to be the earliest blooming in Japan, and other fall foliage, considered to occur the latest in Japan. In addition to 59 varieties and 472 individual plum trees, the garden is also dotted with some 380 deciduous trees of other species, allowing visitors to enjoy beautiful seasonal scenery while strolling about the grounds. The garden’s “Daiichi-go” (“Number One”) plum tree generally blossoms around late November to early December, while the garden’s various other varieties gradually come into bloom one after the other from January through March. The Atami Baien Festival is held from mid-January to mid-March, and during this time a footbath facility and souvenir shop are opened on the garden grounds. Geisha, rakugo comedic storytelling, and other performances are also held during the festival period.
  • Jindai Botanical Gardens
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    4.0
    192 Reviews
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    Tokyo Choufushi Jindaijimotomachi 5-31-10
    These botanical gardens in Tokyo’s Chofu City are located directly adjacent to Jindaiji Temple. They opened in 1961 as a nursery to cultivate Tokyo’s roadside trees and other plants. Although it is a famous place for plum and cherry blossoms, visitors can also enjoy a variety of flowers and trees throughout the year, such as a rose garden, azaleas featuring 280 varieties and 12,000 plants, and a large greenhouse where visitors can view approximately 1,300 types of plants. In the spring and autumn the gardens are bustling with many visitors that come for the Bara Festa, a rose festival with more than 5,000 roses on display.

    A lovely relaxing walk in a very quiet environment. Undoubtedly the highlight was the glass house with the tropical plants, roses, aquatic plants and finally desert plants. Beautifully laid out and...

  • Kyoto Botanical Garden
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    3.0
    1 Reviews
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    Kyoto Kyoutoshi Sakyou-ku Shimogamohangichou
    Opened in 1924, this is Japan’s oldest public botanical garden. Some 120 thousand plants grow on the garden’s spacious grounds, spanning some 12 thousand varieties. The south side of the garden features the front entrance flower beds blooming with seasonal flowers, a rose garden, and one of the largest greenhouses in Japan, were visitors can enjoy rare tropical plants such as welwitschia and baobab. The north side of the garden includes the virgin Nakaragi Forest and a garden presenting a natural plant ecology as well as cherry trees, Japanese apricot trees, and Japanese irises. The cherry tree blossoms from mid-March to late April are truly splendid and their illumination at night is a must-see. Children of junior high school age and younger as well as senior citizens 70 years of age and older may enter free. Kitayama Station is the closest station to the garden.

    京都府立植物園内にあり、疲れた時に休めますが、紅葉の見頃である寒い季節に行ったためかガラガラでした。

  • Ritsurin Garden (designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty)
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    1325 Reviews
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    Kagawa Pref. Takamatsushi Ritsurinchou 1-20-16
    Situated in the eastern foothills of Shiun-zan (Mt. Shiun), Ritsurin Garden was formerly the garden of a daimyo (feudal lord), and is now a designated Special Place of Scenic Beauty. Of the gardens in Japan that are designated as Special Places of Scenic Beauty, this is one of the largest. The Garden comprises the North Garden, which was completed in modern times, and the South Garden, which features a circuitous path round a pond. With the verdant greenery of Mt. Shiun as a backdrop, the Ritsurin Garden is beautifully laid out, with six ponds and thirteen artificial hills; in every season (spring, summer, autumn and winter) the garden has its own unique majesty. There are a number of places to stop and rest within the garden, including the Higurashi-tei teahouse and the Ritsurin-an shop, which sells local specialty products from various parts of Kagawa Prefecture. The garden can be reached by bus from JR Takamatsu Station; get off at the “Ritsurin Garden” stop.

    We visited this garden using a local line but got out at Ritsurin instead of Ritsurin-Koen-Kitaguchi. This must me a common mistake as the lady at the ticket office handed us a walking map to the...

  • Tokugawaen
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    4.0
    433 Reviews
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    Aichi Pref. Nagoyashi Higashi-ku Tokugawachou 1001
    This is a Japanese Chisen-kaiyushiki-teien style garden (a stroke-style garden around a big pond) in Nagoya City. The garden got its start in 1695 when Tokugawa Mitsutomo, the second feudal lord of the Owari clan, moved to the “Ozone Yashiki” retirement villa, the construction of which he had personally overseen. The garden is a condensed representation of Japan’s nature with clear streams flowing down into a central pond symbolizing the ocean, arranged with hills, a peony garden and iris patch that all combine to produce a beautiful landscape. There is also the Tokugawa Art Museum and a French restaurant that looks out over the garden filled with flowers in all four seasons and which is a lovely place to appreciate the new leaves in spring and the changing colors of the leaves in autumn.

    The garden is closed on Mondays, but the area with the convention center is pretty interesting and worth a visit. We came back the next day to visit the garden. The garden is typical Japanese...

  • Hakone Gora Park
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    Kanagawa Pref. Ashigarashimogunhakonemachi Goura 1300
    Located near Gora Station, the last stop on the Hakone Tozan Railway, Hakone Gora Park was Japan’s first French-style garden. The Park, which was opened in 1914, is a National Registered Monument. With wide-open spaces open to the sky and surrounded by mountains, the Park features a symmetrical design centered round a fountain. A wide variety of plants are grown in the Park, which is renowned for its flowers; the Park’s appearance changes with the seasons. A tropical plants house, tearoom and experiential activities center are situated within the Park, making it possible to engage in a range of different activities in the same visit.
  • Nago Pineapple Park
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    3.0
    964 Reviews
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    Okinawa Pref. Nagoshi Bimata 1195
    Nago Pineapple Park is a pineapple theme park located on a plateau within Nago City. Visitors can travel through the park in fully-automatic “Pineapple Carts,” viewing the sub-tropical vegetation and the extensive pineapple fields. There is also a pineapple processing plant within the park; the plant has displays about everything to do with pineapples, and visitors can also view the pineapple-slicing process. In the shopping area, visitors can taste various pineapple-related beverage and food products, and buy souvenir gifts to take home.

    This is a unique experience. Go with an open mind and enjoy. Funky car ride , nice cafe to have a coffee and delicious cake. Large shop on exit to try lots of cake and Pineapple wine!!!! The indoor...

  • Heidi's Village
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    3.5
    126 Reviews
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    Yamanashi Pref. Hokutoshi Akenochouasao 2471
    This theme park recreates the world of the animation “Heidi, Girl of the Alps.” The spacious park features a variety of facilities, like lodging in “Clara’s House” and the “Flower Church” with real ceremonies. You can also tour on a Segway. During some seasons, a vivid assortment of flowers may be found blooming in the main village. In the restaurant, the cheese fondue which uses genuine Switzerland-made cheese is popular. The “Heidi Theme Museum” displays items connected to the animation, and you can purchase original goods found only in Heidi’s Village.

    The tulips here are so beautiful, in multiple colours, and we went here early May, where the weather was simply stunning. There was also a few sakura trees in the area, we missed the main season so...

  • Gunma Flower Park
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    Gunma Pref. Maebashishi Kashiwaguramachi 2471-7
    Gunma Flower Park, with various flowers blooming all year round, is a facility offering lectures and experience classes on flowers and plants. The restaurant in the park has a large menu using mainly local ingredients and visitors can enjoy special limited items. During the winter season the park is illuminated from sunset to 21:00, and visitors can enjoy the beautiful park and twinkling lights.
  • Akao Herb & Rose Garden
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    Shizuoka Pref. Atamishi Kamitaga 1027-8
    A 660 thousand square meter flower garden which makes use of the geography of Nishikigaura, a designated Place of Scenic Beauty in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture. The facility consists of 12 themed gardens, including an English rose garden, a herb garden, rose valley, and Japanese garden. One of the unique characteristics of the garden is its use of pale roses and other flower varieties in order to better match the scenery of the nearby ocean. The best time to visit is from May to June when some 600 varieties and 4,000 individual rose plants come into bloom. There is also an herb shop modeled after an image of English country life, a workshop, and ocean view restaurant.
  • Samuel Cocking Garden
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    Kanagawa Pref. Fujisawashi Enoshima 2-3
    Created by English trader Samuel Cocking in 1882, the garden was later restored by the city of Fujisawa. The garden was also once destroyed by the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923. When the garden was created, it was the third Japanese-Western garden in the nation and also boasted the largest greenhouse in the East. Visitors can enjoy Cook and hoop pines, designated Natural Monuments by the city, as well as subtropical plants and seasonal flowers such as camellias.
  • Kisenan, Jomyo-ji Temple
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    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Joumyouji 3-8-31
    A tea house located on the grounds of the Zen Buddhist Jomyo-ji Temple, the fifth of the “Kamakura Gozan” (Five Mountain Temples of Kamakura), which is located in the Kanazawa Kaido Nikaido area. In the quiet stillness of the house, visitors can enjoy matcha tea, high class Japanese confections, or dried candies while looking out over a dry landscape garden.
  • Kanagawa Prefectural Ofuna Botanical Garden
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    Kanagawa Pref. Kamakurashi Okamoto 1018
    This botanical garden, a 16-minute walk from the West Exit of JR Ofuna Station, focuses on displaying gardening plants. Filled with beautiful seasonal plants for every season, the garden can be enjoyed year round. In addition to a restaurant and flower market, there is also a lawn area where visitors can enjoy a picnic. Each month, the director puts together a garden walk and provides a guided tour to visitors.
  • Rose Park
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    4.0
    25 Reviews
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    Hiroshima Pref. Fukuyamashi Hanazonochou 1-6
    Visitors to this park in Fukuyama City, Hiroshima Prefecture can enjoy its 5,500 roses, of which there are 280 varieties. The park, which got its name when nearby residents planted 1,000 rose seedlings in 1956, won the Award of Garden Excellence at the World Rose Convention 2006 in Osaka. In mid-May, the park serves as the main venue for the Fukuyama Rose Festival put on by Fukuyama City.

    秋バラが咲いているかと思い行きましたが、花は深く切り込んであり、秋バラに向けての準備期間のようで、残念でした。 10月になって再訪しようと思います。

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