Spring is not the only time you get to enjoy seasonal flowers. An extensive garden that stretches 150,000 square metres – the equivalent of around 3 football fields – Yakurai Garden boasts an impressive range of flowers that changes with the season.
Located in Miyagi Prefecture, Yakurai Garden spans a vast area at the foot of Mount Yakurai, a beautiful 553-metre-tall mountain that is dubbed “the local Mount Fuji”.
With over 400 types of cultivated plants at Yakurai Garden, the themed-flower parks have a variety of flowers blossoming throughout the year. Visitors can enjoy a stunning sea of colourful blooms against the backdrop of Mount Yakurai, as well as clear blue skies.
With the exception of the winter months, Yakurai Garden sees an abundance of seasonal flowers covering the vast premises. Most notably, the vivid yellow of rape blossoms is a sight to behold in May.
There’s even a photo spot featuring a door frame right in the middle of the flower field, just like the one that appears frequently in Doraemon.
For a variety of flowers, visit the park between April to May, as well as September to October. In both periods, colourful blooms such as violas and daffodils fill the landscape, yielding a stunning visual treat that will elicit oohs and ahs from visitors.
Before the height of summer, roses are featured in a designated garden, and in August, approximately 200,000 sunflowers are planted, welcoming the hottest season of the year.
Yakurai Garden is best accessed by a 40-minute drive from JR Furukawa Station. On weekends and public holidays, a highway bus is available at JR Sendai Station. Departing at 10.05am, the 1.5-hour bus ride will take visitors to Onoda Shisho (小野田支所). From there, Yakurai Gardens is just a 20-minute walk away.
Do note the bus makes only 2 trips per day, with the returning ride scheduled at 4.20pm. A one-way trip costs ¥1,300 (~USD9.41).
Address: 1-9 Ajigafukuro Yakuraihara, Kami District, Kami, 81-4375 Miyagi
Opening hours: 10am-5pm, Daily (Closed from Dec-Mar) (Last admission at 4.30pm)
Admission: ¥800 (~USD5.81) for adults, ¥200 (~USD1.45) for elementary and middle school children, ¥2,300 (~USD16.69)
Contact: 0229-67-7272 | Yakurai Garden Website
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