Japan is an increasingly popular destination for excursions and tourism, and for good reason. Apart from being the country of the rising sun, Japan is also a country with a huge variety of flowers and plant species, as well as some of the most beautiful parks. However, three of them make a special impression and deserve the attention we pay them here. One cannot help but sigh after such views, even if they are only in pictures.
1. Osaka Park
Osaka Castle Park, also called "Nishinomaru Garden" (Nishinomaru Garden), is located in downtown Osaka and covers an area of 1.056 square kilometers. It is not just a city park, as we are used to seeing everywhere, but also a historical site, as on its territory is the palace of the wife of Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Toyotomi Hideyoshi) - a Japanese ruler from the 16th century. This is one of the most beautiful places where you can see the flowering of the famous cherry trees, and the palace complements the feeling that one is in a fairy tale.
Between 1870 and 1945, much of its area was used by the imperial arsenal for military purposes. After 1931, the park was open to visitors. Most of it remains imperial territory, and was destroyed during World War II. After the end of the war, most of the military complex was removed and a public park was built in its place.
The park has a football, baseball and athletic field, outdoor music theater, concert hall, but the most remarkable remains the famous Castle tower. It reveals a magnificent view, stretching from Osaka Bay to the tops of Mount Ikoma (Ikoma-yama). The favorite time to visit this park, of course, remains spring, when the trees are in bloom and there is a fragrant aroma everywhere.
2. Rikugien Garden
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Rikugien Gardens is a metropolitan park in Tokyo, maybe something like our Boris Garden, but much more impressive. Its name means "Garden of the Six Principles" and is associated with the six elements in "waka" poetry, in which poetry is traditionally divided into categories.
Construction of the garden began in 1695 and lasted until 1702. It was carried out under the leadership of Yanagisawa Yoshiyasu with the permission of the fifth shogun of the Tokugawa dynasty. This is a typical example of a garden from the Edo period. After Yanagisawa's death, the park was neglected. Years later (1878) it was bought by a famous Japanese financier and founder of the Mitsubishi company - Iwasaki Yataro, who took great care to preserve it.
Today the park is 87,809 square meters and has hundreds of trees, a lake with beautiful bridges, green hills and a quiet tea room where one can find peace.
3. Ashikaga Park
Ashikaga Park (or "Flower Park") is named after the city of Ashikaga, which is only about an hour, an hour and a half from Tokyo. It opened in 1997 with an impressive area of nearly 9 hectares, and its huge variety of flowers and trees makes it one of a kind. Here, too, cherry trees are one of the main reasons so many tourists stop to see the beauty of nature. Another favorite element of the park are the wisteria, which numbers several thousand, the oldest of which is 100 years old. The Japanese highly respect this tree and even have a festival in its honor, which is held every spring and gathers many tourists.
Like most parks in Japan, Ashikaga is designed to focus on different plants in each season, depending on their flowering, and thus retains its beauty throughout the year. In each season the garden changes its "decoration" and color, so that the seasons from four become eight. In March and April the "crown" is on tulips, in May - on spring wisteria, then comes the time of roses, lilies, then tropical plants.
Perhaps the most impressive thing in Ashikaga Park is the 80-meter-long flower tunnel. Passing through it, a person is surrounded by beautiful plants in different colors, thus the color background is constantly changing from white, pink to purple.
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