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Yushien: A Japanese garden with close connections to local farmers and tea ceremony culture

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By Laura Payne

Yushien is a Japanese garden with a solid connection to its surrounding community. The park is located on Daikonshima Island, one of Japan’s largest producers of ginseng and peonies. These plants are heavily incorporated into the garden’s design and function.

Visitors who explore the garden can find features such as wooded trails, waterfalls, and a greenhouse that grows peonies year-round. Meanwhile, on-site shops and restaurants include products made from local ginseng, such as ice cream and tempura.

Famed for its seasonal views and special events, Yushien Garden offers unique travel experiences while providing financial opportunities to local farmers.

Celebrating flowers

Watch the garden come alive with a sea of pink and purple peonies. Photo: iStock/itasun

When spring peonies reach their full bloom (usually between late April and early May), Yushien Garden celebrates with its annual Peony Festival. The garden’s central pond is filled with pink, red, white, or yellow flowers, creating a view that attracts many visitors annually.

Another popular feature of the Peony Festival is a competition for the best flower. Farmers will put their favorite plants on display in Yushien, and visitors get to vote for which is the most beautiful.

Outside of spring, Yushien continues to attract visitors with summer’s irises and hydrangeas, autumn’s maple leaves, and winter peonies, which bloom under straw mats that protect them from snow.

The garden at night

An extra special evening under the stars and flowers Photo: Laura Payne

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