- Maizuru Nature and Cultural Park IN BLOOM
- Maizuru Nature and Cultural Park's Camellia's are in bloom. This spacious park has a variety of gardens, one of which is a 30,000 tree grove of camellias. There are 1,500 variegations and colors to view. Breathe in the crisp mountain air, take in the sight of the distant mountains or walk through the park, part of which overlooks the sea in the distance.
This camellia blooming showcase runs from March 19 to April 12.
Admission is 500 yen for adults and 250 yen for children.
Hours are from 9 to 5.
- Taki Thousand-year Camellia Tree IN BLOOM
- Head over to the silver, petal-shaped roof of the Kaya Camellia Culture Museum to learn about the beautiful camellia tree before heading further down the forest road to the park where you can walk to Japan's ancient camellia tree. It is known as the Thousand-year Camellia, and is 1,200 years old, with a height of nearly 10 meters and a width of 3.26 meters. The tree blooms deep crimson flowers, which are smaller and more delicate than the widely cultivated varieties. The tree is in bloom between March and April, though full-bloom will vary depending on the weather as this magnificent tree is hidden in the mountains.
From the parking lot to the camellia tree itself is about a 5-10 minute walk along a peaceful forest path with a stream running alongside it.
- Shaga Forest, Oriental Paperbush IN BLOOM
- Visit Ayabe's mystical forest, where slender cedar trees walk through a sea of wild irises. Though the wild irises will be in bloom starting from the end of April, those who visit at the end of March are in for another surprise. The forest is also surrounded by groves of oriental paperbush, with yellow paper-like flowers that look like delicate origami. Visit this naturally occurring wonder of Kyoto. Donations are welcome in a drop box when you arrive to help preserve and maintain the non-invasive forest paths.
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