Higashizawa Rose Park
The beauty of 20,000 roses — best in summer and fall!
Sought for its hot springs and highlands, Yamagata Prefecture is the perfect getaway for relaxing and getting in touch with nature. What might come as surprising is that during your travels here, you can come across a giant rose garden at the foot of a mountain.
If there is one thing that Japan does extremely well, it’s flower parks. Of course, there’s Ashikaga Flower Park in Tochigi Prefecture, famous for its weeping wisteria, and the vast Hitachi Seaside Park, known for its sea of millions of blue flowers in spring, but this garden is less touristy.
A Paradise of roses
More than 700 species of roses from different parts of the world blossom in this seven-hectares-wide park.
Furthermore, you can even try varieties of snacks made from these flowers. For example, rose-flavored ice cream, soft cream, beverages, and more. If seeing and tasting is not enough, maybe you’ll be a believer if you can buy other products that will get you that rosy fragrance you want.
Higashizawa Park, an expansive park, also has three ponds and a shrine leading up into the mountains, perfect for those feeling spiritual and sentimental. People, who do not fancy big crowds, will certainly enjoy this park, and couples will find it romantic because of its intimate and idyllic setting.
The park has seasonal events that make this quiet place lively, which you wouldn’t want to miss.
In June and July, the roses are in its peak, hence the “Rose Festival (Bara Matsuri)” is held. However, from the middle of September to late October, there is another event that marks the start of fall. It’s no other than the “Autumn Rose Festival.”
Before they start to wither, seize this period to see these beautiful flowers.
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