Yakushiike Park 薬師池公園

The flower park

Yakushiike Park in Machida, in the southwest of greater Tokyo, provides a beautiful nature break for curious visitors from the capital. A beautiful walk between flowers, cherry trees, temples and lotuses....

The latter is completely free, something rather rare in Japan. It is organized around a large lake spanned by a wooden bridge. In the lake, you will find a lot of fish ( koi carp ) but also turtles.

It is home to hundreds of different flowers and plants (including the beautiful Japanese irises), a meadow filled with fruit trees, as well as a pond covered in giant lotuses.

Visitors will also be able to discover two historic buildings there: the Yakushido temple, as well as a very old farm (former house of the Nagai family), built during the Edo period (1603-1868).

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The lotuses of the park

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The most beautiful are perhaps the Japanese irises ( iris ensata ), of a beautiful color sometimes mauve-violet, sometimes white, lined up by the hundred. These are aquatic irises, whose splendid flowering can be admired from May to July.

It is very pleasant to stroll on the wooden bridges between the flowers, the Japanese do not hesitate to carry out real photoshoots. The camellias are in bloom from May to September, coloring the park pink, orange, and white. The beautiful lotus pond located in the north of the park will be adorned with flowers during the summer, in July and August.

 

 

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The irises of the park

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Garden camellias

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The lotuses of the park

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Temples and tea

 

The park is home to a small Buddhist temple, the Yakushido, dating from the 8th century and rebuilt in the 19th, as well as the farm of the Nagai family with its thatched roof, built in the 17th century and designated " Important Cultural Property ".

In front of the Yakushido temple, observe the huge Ginkgo Biloba whose foliage turns golden in autumn...

Along your promenade, you will also find a small cafe with a terrace, ideal for drinking tea in the sun and tasting a Japanese pastry, such as rice cake.

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The Yakushida Temple

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Nagai family farm

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Address, timetable & access

  • Address

  • Timetable

    From Machida Station, take bus line 53 or 55 and get off at "Yakushiike" stop.
  • Price

    Free
  • Access

    Open from 6 a.m to 6 pm, until 7 pm in summer

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