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SEASONAL FLOWERS, TREES, AND PLANTS

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By popular demand, we present to you our recommended spots for flowers and foliage in Kyushu! For those looking to fill your trip with beautiful seasonal sceneries, this is it!

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Iris ensata

Omura Park (Omura : Nagasaki prefecture)

Omura Park is built on the site of former Omura Castle utilizing its outer moats adjacent to current Omura City Hall.

Blossoming here throughout the moats in season are some 30,000 flowers of iris ensata in different types including 110 of Edo breeds, 48 of Higo breeds, as well as a little smaller 13 of Ise breeds. The site gets covered in purple, violet, and white. Equipped with benches and tables, it is an ideal spot for a tranquil flower viewing. Recommended between late May to mid June for viewing.

Lake Kagurame Shobuen (Beppu : Oita prefecture)

Lake Kagurame Shobuen offers a spectacular view of iris ensata flowers with 1,584m Mt. Yufu and 1,375m Mt. Tsurumi in the back drop.

The banks around Lake Kagurame will be filled with 30,000 colorful flowers of iris in about 70 different types including Edo, Higo, and Ise, Best viewing period is between early June to mid July.

Kabashima Shobuen (Yanagawa : Fukuoka prefecture)

50,000 flowers of iris ensata in about 50 different types are growing along the canal located 5 minutes from Yanagawa City Hall in the central part of the town. You can either take a little walk or even ride a gondola through the canals here. Another cool feature here is that the flowers are for sale. The prime viewing season is between late May to mid June.

Yoshino Park (Kagoshima : Kagoshima prefecture)

Yoshino Park is located on a hill northeast of Kagoshima City. It give a great view of Kishie Bay, Sakurajima, Kirishima Mountain, as well as Kaimondake volcano.

Growing near the main entrance and the Japanese garden of the park are about 3,000 flowers of iris ensata in dark purple, lavender, and red violet. Best seen between late May to mid June.

Hydrangea

Takatoyama Park (Kitakyushu-city : Fukuoka prefecture)

Takatoyama Park sits atop 124m Mountain Takato, which is believed to have hosted a castle once upon a time. The view from the park's observation deck is picturesque, especially at night.

The ""Ajisai Path"" on the premises feature 54,000 iris flowers in white, red, and purple and 30 different types. As the rain falls, the colors of the flowers would turn, giving another way to enjoy the view. Blooming season is mid June.

Awakigahara Forest Park (Miyazaki-city : Miyazaki prefecture)

Awakigahara Forest Park was created for the citizens of Miyazaki in 1971 as a part of commemoration business endeavors for the 100th year of the Meiji Restoration. Trees and plants such as pine, Japanese apricot, camellia, and iris fill the park premises.

Hydrangeas are seen around the park maintenance office. Although there are not that many, they seem to draw the attention of passersby. Blooming season is between late May to early June.

Fukoji Temple (Bungo-ono : Oita prefecture)

Historic Fukoji Temple was founded in the 6th century by Kyushu-native Nichira who had served under the king of the ancient Korean kingdom of Paekche. On the premises are about 3,000 hydrangeas, giving the temple the nickname, "hydrangea temple." The temple is also known for having one of the world's largest stone carved image of Acala. Many visitors continue to flock to the reliquary for this rarity of combination with flowers and the massive stone figure.

Shinonome Hydrangea Garden (Izumi : Kagoshima prefecture)

Shinonomenosato Hydrangea Garden is an expansive, 16.5ha/41acre Japanese garden built utilizing the natural landscape of the surroundings such as Uwaba Plateau and its peaks and valleys. The owner, who happens to be an ceramic artist, has spent many years reclaiming and cultivating the property by planting plants and flowers including hydrangeas totaling 10,000 in number and 160 different types. It is now the nation's one of the largest hydrangea plains. There is a plenty of various types of trees and flowers to see throughout the year here, though, the best hydrangea season is between early to late June.

Sunflower

Yanagawa Sunflower Garden (Yanagawa : Fukuoka prefecture)

Facing the Ariake Sea on a massive 3.5ha/86acre property, Yanagawa Sunflower Garden is home to about 350,000 sunflowers. As the flowers all open up together for the season, the sight of it is nothing but breathtakingly stunning. The garden has a little path running through the field of sunflowers, and visiting during the light-up night time as well as during sunset hours is another way to enjoy the park. The garden is open from late July to early August, around the 10th.

Katoudahigashibaru Iseki Park (Yamaga : Kumamoto Prefecture)

Katoudahigashibaru expands over the plateau between the Kikuchi River and the Katouda River. The area has produced historical relics including over 100 huts and houses as well as remains of what seems to be unglazed earthenware and ironware in the making.

Local schools and groups have planted and cultivated in this park some 10,000 sunflowers, which open up wide in season with lots of sunshine. Best viewing period is between early to mid August.

Saitobaru Tumulus Clusters (Saitobaru : Miyazaki prefecture)

Saitobaru Tumulus Clusters is a group of more than 300 ancient tomb mounds and is one of the world's largest of its kind. It is located in the central Miyazaki Prefecture in the middle basin of the Hitotsuse River.

This region has had a long-standing reputation for beautiful rapeseed flowers, cherry trees, and cosmos. And now, 150,000 sunflowers were added to the list in 2010. Beneath the expansive, gorgeous sea of flowers calmly lies the historic monuments of ancient periods. Recommended for viewing between early July and early August.

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Asakura City Sunflower Garden (Asakura : Fukuoka prefecture)

Asakura City Sunflower Garden is located in former Hakimachi renowned for its production of kaki persimmon.

It is truly a breathtaking view here as the 16,000㎡ field gets covered in some 16,000 fully bloomed sunflowers. Sowing takes place here in time for Himawari (Sunflower) Fair held in and around the adjacent Roadside Station Basaro toward the end of September. Best viewing season is around mid September.

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