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Isuien and Yoshikien Gardens of Nara

Two peaceful oases in the middle of Nara.

Ritsurin Garden in Takamatsu, Shikoku, Japan

Ritsurin Garden

Japanese green chic.

Hirosaki Castle

Five ways to view cherry blossoms at northern Japan’s favorite sakura-viewing park.

Osaka Castle Park

Graced by royalty.

Chiba City

Tokyo’s calmer cousin.

Tsurumi Ryokuchi Park

Get your fill of chill here!

Ueno Park

More than your average city park.

Hakodate Tropical Botanical Garden

Hot-tubbing monkeys in winter and some of the world’s most exotic plants.

Maruyama Park

Get a breathtaking view of Sapporo’s seasons in the city’s most picturesque park.

Man’yo Botanical Garden

This literary allusion is not coincidence.