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Cherry Blossoms & Azaleas at Mifuneyama Rakuen

Mifuneyama Rakuen is a park in Saga Prefecture and covers 150,000 squares meters. It is best to visit this place in the spring time when the cherry blossoms and azaleas are in full bloom. It is a colorful sight to behold that will leave anyone in awe.

Mifuneyama Rakuen is a park that was established by Nabeshima Shigeyoshi the 28th ruler of the Takeo Domain. The park covers 150,000 square meters (about 10 Tokyo Domes) and took three years to complete. Mifuneyama Rakuen was to be made part of Nabeshima Shigeyoshi’s holiday home when it was finished in 1845. It was styled to be a stroll garden in order to enjoy the artistic arrangement of foliage. This wonderful garden can be found in Takeo city in Saga Prefecture at the western foot of Mount Mifune.

Within the grounds of Mifuneyama Rakuen are 50,000 azalea bushes and 5,000 cherry blossom trees. In addition to those flowers you can find an over 170 year old wisteria, which is supported by many beams. When in season the whole park would be painted in hues of pink, white, red, and purple. The scene of all the blooming flowers with a rugged Mount Mifune backdrop provides a contrast of the area. It has been listed as one of the top 30 places to visit in Japan before you pass away.

The best time to go to the park would be around mid- April to early May to see the spring flowers. Now during the autumn season the maple trees and evergreens will provide another sight to behold. The bright red maple leaves surrounded by the dark green of the evergreens accentuates the feeling of the fall season. This spectacle can be seen starting from mid to late November, which is a popular time to go to Mifuneyama Rakuen.

You can stroll between the bushes where paths have been created, but know that hiking and rock climbing up Mount Mifune is not allowed. The reason being that it is designated a natural monument and the authorities do not want visitors to tamper with the grounds. Other activities that you may enjoy to enhance your trip to the garden are the teahouse and hot springs. From the teahouse you can enjoy nice views of the foliage around the area while relaxing with some snacks. Then at night Mifuneyama Rakuen is lit up for people to stroll around at night. There is even a lake with koi fish that you can see. During the winter time there is an illumination show that uses the waters of the lake as a projector screen.

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