Day trip: Tottori Hanakairo Flower Park

Tottori Hanakairo Flower Park, one of the largest in Japan, is located in Nanbu, a tiny pastoral town surrounded by the rolling mountains of the Daisen Oki National Park. It's a well-kept natural attraction. Everything is meticulously swept, arranged, trimmed, watered, plucked, weeded, and manicured. The park spans 50 hectares which change every season. In fall, there [...]

Bucket list Japan: see the peonies at Yuushien Garden

Daikonshima in Japan's Shimane prefecture is famous for peonies. Head to the island's Yuushien garden to see them in all their glory. This garden is kaiyu shiki teien or circuit style: you start at one end and wind your way around many different gardens. "The most famous place for this spectacle is the little island of [...]