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Tree lined path with sunlight streaming through the leaves.

Yoyogi Koen

Yoyogi Park in Shinjuku is the ideal stop after a studious morning spent visiting temples and shrines. You will feel carefree upon leaving the park, which has a festive atmosphere.

Exterior of Kyoto Imperial Palace

Kyoto Imperial Palace

Emperors, empresses, princes and concubines lived for centuries behind the walls of Kyoto-gosho. Today the former imperial palace welcomes visitors and transports them back in time.

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Koishikawa Shokubutsuen Garden

With more than 16 hectares, Koishikawa Shokubutsuen stands out as an essential garden in the Japanese capital.

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Hama-Rikyu Gardens, Tokyo

Located in the Shiodome district these beautiful gardens, with its 25 hectares, are a retreat from the city’s hustle and bustle.

Grounds at Katsura Imperial Villa Kyoto

Katsura Rikyu Imperial Villa Kyoto

Katsura Rikyu, situated in southwest Kyoto, is one of the two Imperial Villas in the ancient capital (the other is Shugakuin Imperial Villa).

Large lotus pond in Ueno Park with buildings in the background.

Ueno Park

Ueno Park, in Taito ward, is home to Tokyo's most famous cherry trees, art galleries, museums, temples, a zoo, street entertainers, the odd proselytizer, and more than the odd crow.

Person sitting overlooking a pond and building painting.

Shinjuku Gyoen Park

Shinjuku Gyoen Park, nicknamed the ‘urban oasis’, is one of the largest parks in Tokyo.

Exterior of Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto Castle

Kumamoto is said to have one of Japan's biggest and most impressive castles in the country. It is a true reflection of Japan's ancient castles.

Avec ses 70 hectares, le parc Yoyogi est le poumon vert de Tokyo.

The many facets of Yoyogi Koen Park

The Yoyogi Park will be the ideal stop after a studious morning visiting temples and shrines.

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Pure Land Gardens at Shitennoji Temple

The Pure Land Gardens at Shitennoji Temple in Osaka are a representation of a landscape called a Pure Land, a mythical landscape common to Mahayana Buddhism in East Asia.

 Kinashi's evergreen bonsai trees.

Kinashi Bonsai

This small neighborhood in the town of Takamatsu on the island of Shikoku is home to some 270 bonsai specialists who alone produce 80% of the country's bonsai pines.

The Daichi-ji boat.

Daichi-ji garden

Amidst lush vegetation stands the Daichi-ji zen temple.

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Heian Shrine Gardens

Heian Shrine Gardens: the Shin-en Gardens of Kyoto's Heian Shrine cover about 8 acres and were designed by Ogawa Jihei and later Mirei Shigemori.

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Nikko National Park Travel Guide

Nikkô is very famous for its Tôshô-gu temple, but it is above all a very vast mountainous natural area, with multiple hiking trails. Ideal destination for a one or two day excursion near Tokyo.

Particulièrement apprécié, le jardin de Shinjuku attire les japonais, les touristes et les photographes pendant toute la fleuraison des cerisiers.

Shinjuku Garden, a breath of fresh air in Tokyo

Shinjuku Garden, nicknamed "urban oasis", is one of the most important parks in the capital.

Tunnel de cerisiers en fleurs

Where to see cherry blossoms in Tohoku?

When the cherry trees of Tokyo are about to blossom, it is then that the Tohoku region awakens, from Sendai to Aomori, the progression of "sakura" moves slowly from the beginning of April to mid-Ma

Goryokaku fortress seen from the tower

Goryokaku park

Goryokaku is a fortress inspired by Vauban's construction techniques, built in order to establish the power of the shogun in this region.

View on the vegetation of Kairaku-en

Kairaku-en

One of Japan's three most famous gardens, along with Kenroku-en in Kanazawa and Koraku-en in Okayama, Kairaku-en displays its abundance of flowers in Mito, Ibaraki prefecture, just 1.5 hours from T

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Tsukuba Parks & Gardens

Tsukuba parks & gardens: Tsukuba in Ibaraki Prefecture has several interesting green spaces including its Botanical Garden, Doho Park and Chuo Park.

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Tsukuba Botanical Garden

Tsukuba Botanical Garden in Tsukuba, Ibaraki is the botanical research center of the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo with wonderful clematis.

Villa Tamozawa

Tamozawa Imperial Villa Memorial Park

In Nikko, not far from the famous temple complexes and shrines is the Tamozawa Imperial Villa and its park.

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Shirakami-Sanchi

Shirakami-Sanchi is a UNESCO World Heritage site of ancient Beech forest that straddles Aomori and Akita prefectures in the Tohoku region of northern Japan.

« Site historique spécial », le jardin Hama-Rikyu Onshi Teien est l’ancienne réserve de chasse des Tokugawa.

The Hama-Rikyu Onshi Teien garden

Meeting the Sumida River and Tokyo Bay and a stone's throw from the old Tsukiji fish market, the Hama-Rikyu Onshi Teien is an iconic garden of the Japanese capital.

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Chidorigafuchi Park

Chidorigafuchi Park in Chiyoda ward, Tokyo, is a small but historically significant park on elevated ground just east of the Imperial Palace, and a famous cherry blossom spot in spring.

Parc Kasai Rinkai

Kasai Rinkai Park

Kasai Rinkai Park is located on the shores of Tokyo Bay, across from Odaiba and Disneyland. Picnic, aquarium, and Ferris wheel await you for a fun-filled afternoon!

Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park

Akiyoshidai Quasi-National Park is a huge plateau located at the southwestern point of the island of Honshu.

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Tegarayama Central Park Himeji

Tegarayama Central Park Himeji is a large hilltop park with quite a range of facilities and some unusual sites including museums and an amusement park.

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Momochi Seaside Park Fukuoka

Momochi Seaside Park (シーサイドももち) in Fukuoka is is a series of beaches and seaside facilities located right underneath the New Fukuoka Tower.

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Ohori Park & Garden Fukuoka

Ohori Park & Garden Fukuoka is a large urban park that consists mostly of water, originally part of the moat system for Fukuoka Castle.

Parc Yusentei

Yusentei Park in Fukuoka

If you are passing through Fukuoka to discover the beauties of Kyushu, don't miss Yusentei Garden, the city's little-known gem.

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Nagai Stadium & Nagai Park

Nagai Park in the south of Osaka holds Nagai Stadium, two other sports stadia as well as Nagai Botanical Garden and Osaka Museum of Natural History.

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Oji Zoo in Kobe

Oji Zoo is located in downtown Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture. It offers young and old the opportunity to spend the day in a beautiful zoo!

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Yakushiike Park

Yakushiike Park in Machida, in the southwest of greater Tokyo, provides a beautiful nature break for curious visitors from the capital.

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Maiko Park Hyogo

Maiko Koen (Maiko Park) in Hyogo Prefecture stands at the Honshu side of the Akashi Kaikyo Bridge which connects to Awaji across the Akashi Straits.

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The 3 most beautiful gardens of Daitoku-ji: Zuiho-in, Daisen-in and Koto-in

North of Kyoto, the vast complex of Daitoku-ji host a large number of Zen temples. Among them, are the Zuiho-in, the Daisen-in, and the Koto-in.

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Koko-en Garden Himeji

Koko-en Garden Himeji is a modern garden opened in 1993. There are nine different types of garden, all based on styles popular during the Edo Period.

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Todoroki Valley Tokyo

Todoroki Valley in Setagaya south Tokyo is a area of green space with a stream, woods, Todoroki Fudoson Temple and some ancient tombs.

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Autumn in Tokyo's parks

Viewing the blushing leaves, or koyo, is a must-do when visiting Japan in the fall. In and around Tokyo, there are many parks that offer stunning scenery every year.

Meguro Sky Garden

In Tokyo, near the bustling Shibuya district, the Meguro Sky Garden offers a small piece of nature, suspended over a highway. It's a unique place to enjoy the calm...

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Kokura Castle Garden

Kokura Castle Garden is located adjacent to Kokura Castle. It is a reconstruction of the original garden and is not very large.

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Encho-en Chinese Garden

Encho-en Chinese Garden in Tottori Prefecture is one of the largest Chinese gardens in Japan with most of the materials brought from China.

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Meiji Jingu Inner Garden

Meiji Jingu Inner Garden: Meiji Jingu Inner Garden or Jingu Nai-en or Gyoen actually existed long before Meiji Shrine.

Ashikaga Flower Park

The wisteria is a very popular flower in Japan, with its large clusters of colorful flowers that bloom in the spring.

Maruyama-koen

Maruyama-koen

When spring comes, the century-old cherry tree in the park is adorned with thousands of pink petals to delight walkers.

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Shoseien Garden

Shoseien Garden (渉成園) is an Edo Period strolling garden built for the abbots of Higashi Honganji Temple.

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Keitakuen Garden

Keitakuen Garden in Tennoji Park, Osaka, behind the Osaka City Museum of Fine Art is a beautiful garden designed by master gardener, Ogawa Jihei.

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Tottori Prefectural Flower Park

Tottori Prefectural Flower Park is a sprawling, modern garden park seasonally beautiful all year round, in the countryside of Tottori Prefecture, Japan.

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Gifu Koen (Gifu Park)

Gifu Koen (Gifu Park), at the foot of Mt. Kinka in Gifu city, is a public park with several museums, ornamental gardens, statues and the ropeway station to the summit of the mountain.

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Sankeien Garden Yokohama II

Sankeien Garden in Yokohama is a traditional Japanese strolling garden with a collection of historic buildings including temples and residences collection from other parts of Japan.

The Nara Park

Nara Koen

Is it the park that borders the city, or city that borders the park? The mysterious Nara is unlike anything else.

Sankeien Garden Yokohama

Sankeien Garden is Yokohama's number one traditional attraction: a beautiful natural-style garden full of old cultural and architectural treasures.

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Nakamura Park Nagoya

Nakamura Park (Nakamura Koen) in Nagoya is built around Toyokuni Shrine dedicated to Hideyoshi Toyotomi.

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Minoo Park

Minoo Park is one of Japan's oldest parks, and a great side trip from central Osaka. Minoo Park is a relaxing place to get away from all the concrete and skyscrapers of the downtown.

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Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden & Museum

Hakusasonso Hashimoto Kansetsu Garden & Museum is the beautiful Kyoto home, studio and garden of Nihonga artist, Hashimoto Kansetsu (1883-1945).

Southeast Botanical Gardens

Southeast Botanical Gardens is a privately-owned botanical garden in the center of Okinawa main island.

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Mukojima Hyakkaen Gardens

Mukojima Hyakkaen Gardens are a beautiful natural-style flower and strolling garden in Sumida ward, Tokyo, created in the Edo period of Japanese history and one of the few surviving to this day.

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Japanese Garden at Osaka Expo Park

The Japanese Garden at Expo Park in Osaka were built for the World Expo of 1970 and introduce foreign visitors to traditional Japanese garden types.

One of the ponds of Ohori Park

Ohori Park

Ohori Park in Fukuoka is registered among Japan's "Places of Scenic Beauty", and offers a pleasant walk around what was once an ancient castle moat.

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Hanayashiki Park

This former botanical garden, created in 1853 in the popular district of Asakusa, has undergone many transformations.

Suizen-ji Garden, Joju-en

Away from the city of Kumamoto, the Suizen-ji garden Joju-en transports visitors to another place and another time, that of the Tokaido Road that once connected Edo and Kyoto via Lake Biwa and Moun

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Jindai Botanical Garden

Jindai Botanical Garden in Chofu City is the Tokyo area's biggest and most beautiful expanse of flowers and trees, native and exotic, with something spectacular to be seen at all times of the year.

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Sankeien Garden Hiroshima

Sankeien Garden near Hiroshima Airport is a modern strolling garden of 60,000 square meters which opened in 1993. It is famous for iris.

Minami Temma Park

In the hectic Osaka, visits can be sometimes very exhausting. The sprawling metropolis offers relatively few green spaces.

Huis Ten Bosch

The Huis Ten Bosch theme park offers us the opportunity to visit a Dutch palace ... in Japan!

Fugan Canal Kansui Park Toyama

Fugan Canal Kansui Park in Toyama city is a large water park near Toyama Station with spacious lawns, a beautiful Starbucks cafe and a wildlife observation post.

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Former Daijoin Temple Garden

The Former Daijoin Temple Garden (kyu-daijoin-teien) is a tranquil Japanese strolling garden centered around a lake in Nara near the Nara Hotel.

Kyoto Botanical Garden

Kyoto Botanical Garden in Kitayama is the oldest and one of the best botanical gardens in Japan.

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Sarusawa Pond

Sarusawa Pond (Sarusawa-ike) is a picturesque Nara Period lake close to Kofukuji Temple and associated with the love-suicide of a jilted maid-servant.

Nagasaki harbor

Nagasaki Peace Park

70 years ago this year, Nagasaki tragically witnessed the second nuclear explosion in the history of mankind.

The lights of Kobe Meriken Park.

Meriken Park

The park takes its name from the word 'America', pronounced Meriken by the Japanese during the Meiji era.

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East Palace Garden Nara

The East Palace Garden, Nara Period garden in the grounds of the Nara Palace Site was excavated in 1967 and completely reconstructed by 1998.

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Mount Wakakusa

Mount Wakakusa in the east of Nara is a 342m-high grass-covered hill which is set alight in January during the Wakakusa Yamayaki ceremony.

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Isuien Garden & Neiraku Museum

The Isuien Garden consists of both Edo and Meiji period gardens and contains the Neiraku Museum with displays of East Asian ceramics.

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Yoshikien Garden Nara

Yoshikien Garden in Nara consists of a moss garden, pond garden and tea ceremony garden and is free for foreign visitors.

Matsuyama-jo

Matsuyama Castle

From Mount Katsu, this medieval castle majestically overlooks the city. The opportunity for a nice walk between military remains, gardens and cherry trees.

Villa Shugaku-in

Villa Shugaku-in

On the hills to the east of Kyoto is the discreet Shugaku-in. Built between 1655 and 1659, this imperial villa near the palace city spreads its three levels of gardens in a beautiful setting.

Koko-en Garden

To the west of Himeji castle, an area once home to the lord and his bodyguards, now lies a lavish garden.

Natural Sites around Kanazawa

With a privileged location, close to the Sea of ​​Japan and near mountains, Kanazawa offers the very best in natural parks.

The Asakura Residence

The Asakura residence is a quiet oasis in the heart of Tokyo. A visit to this house will take you back to ancient Japan.

Traditional garden Sankeien

Sankeien Garden

At the heart of Yokohama, a cosmopolitan city where East meets West, the traditional Sankeien Garden bursts with a beauty that can only be described as typically Japanese. 

Katsura Villa

Katsura Villa

A discreet and elusive beauty, harmony between pavilions and compositions master gardeners characterize this architectural masterpiece occupying an important place in Japanese arts.

Suma Rikyu Park

Suma Rikyu Park

In Kobe, Suma Rikyu Park evokes the cosmopolitan atmosphere of the city.

Cherry Tress of Ueno Park

Ueno Park

The huge Ueno Park, the lung of Tokyo, is a pleasant refuge from the stifling Japanese summer heat.

Teahouse Ryo-tei, located on one of three islands in the garden Kiyosumi Koen Tokyo.

Kiyosumi Koen and the surrounding area

The surrounding area of Kiyosumi Garden invites you to take stroll among the flowers and trees, especially when spring arrives.

In the heart of Tokyo, the Imperial Garden is the only part open to the public gardens of the Emperor.

Higashi-gyoen Garden

The Imperial Palace's East Garden, a historic site in Tokyo, offers ideal views of the city.

Happo-en garden provides a framework both bucolic and romantic for romantic strolls.

Happo-en Garden

To get married, Tokyoites choose, without hesitation, Happo-en. Traditional houses and its romantic pond make for a perfect place to exchange vows.

The thirty-eight acres of Inokashira Onshi Koen is a place for walking and relaxing particular.

Inokashira Onshi Koen

In the western part of Tokyo, Inokashira Onshi Koen and central lake surrounded by cherry trees and adjacent to the Ghibli Museum is the site of many activities.

The International House of Japan, known by insiders I-House's mission is to promote cultural exchange and intellectual cooperation between peoples.

International House (I House)

At the heart of the Roppongi district, an institution untouched by the frenetic pace of the capital, the International House, preserves knowledge and an elegant garden.

This small garden Nezu museum hides four chashistu, teahouses.

Nezu Garden Museum

Within the confines of the Nezu Museum in the fashionable district of Omotesando, a narrow paths run through a garden leading to a pond from a natural source.

Shiroyama Park

Shiroyama Park

South of the small town of Takayama, a wooded hill overshadows the houses of the old quarter. Shiroyama Park promises an invigorating stroll and aching calves!

Garden Gyokusen-in

Gyokusen-en

Beside the famous Kenrokuen garden, this discreet garden area was not open to the public until 1971. Follow Ms.

Odori Park

Odori Park

 In Sapporo , a huge plant border runs between the buildings and separates the city into two...

Hijiyama-koen Park in Hiroshima

Hijiyama-koen

When the cherry trees are adorned with white bloom for spring, Hijiyama-Koen Park breathes life and freshness just outside of the city center.

Shukkei-park in Hiroshima

Shukkei-en

Water slips over the scales of carp, toddlers play barefoot on the grass, a breeze caresses the trees... In good weather, this garden is truly serene.

On the roof of Osaka Station

Between the skyscrapers of Umeda, on top of a fourteen-story building, lies an oasis of freshness.

Tennoji Park

Tennoji Park (Tennoji-koen)

A green canvas laid out to the southeast of the city, Tennoji Park successfully fuses the love of art and flourishing wildlife.

Park Expo

World Expo Park

Three faces dominate and overlook. They watch and greatly disturb people, with a fascinating strangeness.

Garden Keitakuen

Keitakuen Garden

The Keitakuen Garden of Tennoji Park offers an invitation to travel. Unknown to tourists, this little green sanctuary is, however, home to one of the most beautiful gardens.

Nakano Shima Koen

Nakano-shima-Koen

"Oasis in the city" as some call it, the Nakano-shima-Koen park on the island with the same name, brings a breath of rose scented air.

Pond Sarusawa

Sarusawa-ike

To the west of Nara-koen, Sarusawa-ike pond tries to remove the edge of dull gray buildings...

Garden Isui-in

Isui-en

A secret enclave of greenery on the way to Todaiji, the Isui-en can be discovered along a path that combines water, wood and stone.

Hakone Gora Kuen

Hakone Gora-Koen

This vast park, a few Hakone stations, charm the senses of its visitors with its various gardens and greenhouses with thousands of colors and perfumes.

Showa Kinen Park

Showa Kinen Park in Tachikawa is the Tokyo area's biggest park, and a treasure trove of recreational and sightseeing opportunities.

Osaka-jo koen

Osaka-jo koen

In the heart of Osaka , this large green space covers more than two square kilometers.

House Nagasaki Glover

Glover Garden

On a hill overlooking the bay of Nagasaki, the symbol of a long history of trade with the West is the setting for a famous opera.

The Koishikawa Koraku-is the oldest garden in Tokyo.

Koishikawa Kōrakuen Garden

In the district of Bunkyo, the Koishikawa Kōrakuen Garden is viewed as one of the most beautiful gardens in Tokyo and is the oldest as well. The flowering of the prunus, then the cherry trees, and

Kyoto Botanical Garden covers 24,000 square meters and houses more than 12,000 different varieties of plants.

Kyoto Botanical Garden

Plants, meandering paths near tiny bodies of water, old women with weather skin and big hats, and elegant gentlemen sitting for hours on the benches in the park: Welcome to the Kyoto botanical gard

The stark contrast of the beauty of the Japanese gardens.

The green side of Tokyo

Where to find a little peace in the heart of the concrete and steel jungle that is Tokyo?

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Kyoto Imperial Palace Park

It's been several centuries since the country's emperors walked these paths. Since the transfer of the capital to Tokyo in 1868, now regular folk can enjoy the charms of the park.

The interior of Nunobiki floral park in Kobe.

Nunobiki

The city of Kobe is backed by the Rokko mountain range. On its southwest slope, it features a  40 hectare flower park, easily accessible and with lavish waterfalls, all in a bucolic setting.

Ritsurin Koen

Ritsurin Koen

With its 75 acres of Japanese tradition, in one century the verdant Ritsurin Park has become one of the most beautiful gardens of Japan...

Kanazawa Castle Park

Kanazawa Castle Park

Stronghold, place of residence, university, warehouse. Kanazawa Castle donned many costumes during his career.

Kenrokuen Garden

Kenroku-en Garden

Nature is dear to the heart of Japanese people. Strongly present in this mountainous archipelago, natural surroundings gave rise to the worship of the seasons by its people.

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Yokokan Garden

Yokokan Garden: read a guide to the Yokokan Garden, the villa and garden of the feudal lords of Fukui in the Edo Period.

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Kyoto Parks & Gardens

Kyoto Parks & Gardens: read a guide to the many public parks, gardens and green open spaces in the historic city of Kyoto in Japan.

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Haradani-en Garden Kyoto

Haradani-en Garden is a privately owned garden in north west Kyoto above Kinkakuji Temple famed for its lovely cherry trees.

Flower Park Kagoshima

Flower Park Kagoshima, on the southern tip of Satsuma Peninsula, is the largest flower theme park in Japan with around 400,000 plants from 2,400 species laid out on a large, spacious site.

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Yokoamicho Park

Yokoamicho Park: read about beautiful, historical Yokoamicho Park in the Ryogoku area of Tokyo, and how it relates to the tragedy of World War Two.

Kyu-Yasuda Teien Gardens

Kyu-Yasuda Teien Gardens: Read about these gardens that became a permanent fixture of Tokyo only in the twentieth century, but whose old-world charm has its roots in 17th century Japan and its samu

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Senganen Garden Kagoshima

Senganen Garden: read a guide to Senganen Garden, the villa and gardens of the Shimazu clan in Kagoshima, Kyushu, Japan.

Shinsen-en Garden Kyoto

Shinsen-en (lit. Sacred Spring Garden) is the remains of what was a much larger Heian Period pleasure garden located near Nijo Castle in Kyoto.

Murin-an Villa & Garden

Murin-an Villa: read a guide to the Murin-an Villa and garden laid out by Meiji-era oligarch Aritomo Yamagata.

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Tokyo Green Spaces

Tokyo green spaces: see a listing of Tokyo's many gardens, public parks and green spaces including Ueno Park and Yoyogi Park.

Kyu Furukawa Gardens

Kyu Furukawa Gardens: read a guide to Kyu Furukawa Gardens a mix of an English stately home and Japanese-style gardens in Tokyo.

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Rikugien Garden

Rikugien Garden: read a guide to Rikugien Garden in Tokyo one of the city's most beautiful Edo period strolling gardens in Bunkyo Ward.

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Omote Goten Garden Tokushima

Omote Goten Garden: read a guide to the Omote Goten Garden at Tokushima Castle in Tokushima, Shikoku, Japan.

Heiwa Koen Peace Park Nagoya

Heiwa Koen: read a guide to Heiwa Koen (Peace Park) a large cemetery and expanse of green space in western Nagoya.

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Nagoya Parks & Gardens

Nagoya Parks & Gardens: read guides to the many parks and gardens in and around Nagoya including Tokugawa Garden and Higashiyama Koen.

Shoseien park

Shoseien

Host of the Higashi Honganji temple, Shoseien offers its visitors a certain tranquility ...

Shikina-en Garden Naha

Shikina-en Garden, Naha: read a guide to Shikina-en Garden, Naha, in Okinawa, a palace of the Okinawan royal family.

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Ritsurin Koen Takamatsu

Ritsurin Koen guide: read a guide to the garden of Ritsurin-koen (Ritsurin Garden) in Takamatsu in Kagawa Prefecture in Shikoku, Japan.

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Peace Memorial Park Okinawa

Peace Memorial Park Okinawa: the Peace Memorial Park in the south of Okinawa Island is a memorial to the over 200,000 people who died in the Battle of Okinawa in 1945.

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Fukushu-en Garden Naha

Fukushu-en Garden Naha: read a guide to the walled Chinese garden Fukushu-en in central Naha, Okinawa.

Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens

Read a guide to the Hokkaido University Botanical Gardens in Sapporo, the second oldest botanical gardens in Japan.

Nakajima Park Sapporo

Nakajima Park: read a guide to Nakajima Park (Nakajima Koen) in the south of Sapporo in Hokkaido which includes the Hoheikan.

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Glover Garden Nagasaki

Glover Garden: read a guide to Glover Garden in Nagasaki, a collection of western-style houses on Minami-Yamate hill.

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Tokugawa Garden

Tokugawa Garden (Tokugawa-en): read a guide to the beautiful Tokugawa Garden near the Tokugawa Art Museum in Nagoya.

Koishikawa Botanical Gardens

Read a guide to Koishikawa Botanical Gardens, Tokyo: a beautiful research gardens belonging to Tokyo University.

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Shinagawa Kumin Park

Read a guide to Shinagawa Kumin Park, Tokyo. Shinagawa Kumin Park is a woodland getaway with a wealth of things to do, especially for families.

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Maruyama Koen Park Kyoto

Maruyama Koen: read a guide to Maruyama Park in Kyoto famous for its cherry blossom (hanami) in spring.

Shakujii Koen Park

Read a guide to Shakujii Koen Park, Nerima ward, Tokyo.

Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary

Read a guide to the Karuizawa Wild Bird Sanctuary (Karuizawa Yacho no Mori), a forest that is a wildlife sanctuary, near the resort town of Karuizawa in Japan's Nagano Prefecture.

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Urakuen Garden & Joan Teahouse

Urakuen Garden & Joan Teahouse: read a guide to the Urakuen Garden & the Joan tea pavilion in Inuyama, Gifu Prefecture.

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Hibiya Park

Read a guide to Hibiya Park, Tokyo. Hibiya Park is a relaxed, spacious, cosmopolitan block of woodlands and greenery right in the heart of Tokyo.

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Shiba Park

Read a guide to Shiba Park, Tokyo. Shiba Park, one of Japan's oldest parks, is a quiet valley, and former temple grounds, located right next to Tokyo Tower.

Kyu-Iwasaki Tei Gardens

Read a guide to Kyu-Iwasaki tei Gardens, once palatial home to the family that founded the Mitsubishi industrial group, in Tokyo's Taito ward.

Kiba Park

Kiba Koen Park. Read a guide to Kiba Koen Park, a large multi-purpose recreational space in Tokyo's Koto ward. A relaxed park surrounded with sights worth seeing.

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Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Gardens

Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Onshi Teien. Read a guide to Kyu-Shiba-rikyu Onshi Teien, or the Shiba Detached Palace Garden in Tokyo's Hamamatsu-cho business district.

Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park

Read a guide to Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park, Tokyo. Arisugawa-no-miya Memorial Park is a woodland-style park in Tokyo's Hiro-o district, near Roppongi.

Kiyosumi Teien Garden

Read a guide to Kiyosumi Teien Garden, Tokyo. Kiyosumi Teien Garden in Koto ward is a perfect example of traditional Japanese landscaping, and a quiet retreat.

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Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa

Kenrokuen Garden Kanazawa: read a guide to Kenrokuen Garden in Kanazawa, one of Japan's most famous and popular gardens.

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Suizenji Garden

Suizenji Garden: read a guide to the 17th century Suizenji strolling garden in Kumamoto, Kyushu, Japan.

Umekoji Park

Umekoji Park is a large urban park just to the west of Kyoto Station with Kyoto Aquarium on its northern edge.

Koishikawa Korakuen Garden is closed to Kasuga station in Tokyo

Koishikawa Korakuen Tokyo

Read a guide to the Edo Period Koishikawa Korakuen Garden near Tokyo Dome in Tokyo.

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Hori Teien Tsuwano

Hori Teien: read a guide to the old Hori family Edo Period house and gardens at Hori Teien, Tsuwano, Shimane Prefecture.

Shonai Ryokuchi Koen Nagoya

Shonai Ryokuchi Koen in the west of the city is one of Nagoya's largest parks. Shonai Ryokuchi Park's large lake is a popular location for summer picnics.

Ninomaru Garden Nagoya Castle

Ninomaru Garden Nagoya Castle 二之丸庭園 - The lovely Ninomaru Garden in the grounds of Nagoya Castle in Nagoya, central Japan, is a traditional Japanese strolling garden.

Shirotori Garden Nagoya.

Shirotori Garden Nagoya Near Atsuta Shrine

Shirotori Garden Nagoya is a lovely contemporary but traditional garden in Nagoya near the Nagoya Conference Center and Atsuta Shrine.

Shimizudani Park Chiyoda Ward Tokyo

Shimizudani Park Chiyoda Ward Tokyo is a green oasis that is all the more pleasant for not being overly manicured. It retains a wild, forested feel.

Utsubo Park Osaka

Utsubo Park Osaka

Utsubo Park Osaka is a fashionable and popular park in Osaka with an alley of pines, tennis courts, a rose garden, and even a large open space with grass.

Tsurumai Park Nagoya Aichi

Tsurumai Park Nagoya

Tsurumai Park Nagoya: Tsurumai Koen is a large and ornamental park in Nagoya famous for its cherry blossom. The park has a number of public monuments.