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Yushien, a circuit-style garden, was established in 1975 in Daikon-jima (Daikon Island) which is Japan's top producer of peonies. Kaiyu or circuit-style is a Japanese garden that features several gardens built around a central pond. Over 300,000 people visit this garden every year to enjoy peonies in spring and various colorful flowers throughout the year. During the Botan & Shakuyaku Matsuri (Peony Festival) that is held from late April through late May, over 30,000 peonies of 250 species come to full bloom. The garden has a restaurant, a gift shop and an indoor garden where visitors can appreciate peonies year round.
- 1260-2 Yatsukacho Hanyu, Matsue-shi, Shimane
- Contact No.
- 25-min bus ride on Ichibata Bus bound for Matsue Sakaiminato from JR Matsue Station. Short walk from bus stop "Yushien"
- Opening Hours / Holidays
- 9:00-17:00 (changes depending of season)
Open all year round
- Official Website
- Time Required
- 60 minutes
- Admission fee
- Adults 800 yen, high school students 400 yen, junior high school students 300 yen, elementary school students 200 yen
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Colorful Izumo no Hakoniwa
Yushien boasts an immense Japanese garden that covers an area of 33,000 square meters. Visitors can enjoy beautiful flowers like peonies and wisterias throughout the year in this garden. We recommend that you spend a tranquil day taking a luxurious walk.
Karesansui (dry) Garden
Karesansui or dry landscape is a style of garden (also called a Zen garden) that represents a landscape of mountains and water utilizing rocks and sand instead of using a water feature such as a pond. Although Yushien is famous for the Kaiyu-style garden, its Karesansui garden is a hidden highlight. The beautiful rocks and white sand recreate the scene from the northern side of the Daikon-jima where Yushien is situated.
Artificial Waterfalls Modeled After an Island's Spring
There are three artificial waterfalls in Yushien. The waterfalls cascade down the rocks' surface vigorously like a natural waterfall. It blends with nature and resembles a Sansuiga landscape painting.
Beautiful Night Garden with a Light up
The season of fall leaves is as popular as the peony season. Every year, from November through December, the trees are lit up beautifully everywhere in the garden from sunset to 9:00 pm. The garden provides a different impression than what you see in daylight. Lighting up of the winter peonies in December is especially stunning.
Home of Peonies and Ginseng
Daikon-jima is also known as one of largest ginseng-producing areas in Japan. In front of the gate of Yushien is a shop called "Botan to Unshu Ninjin no Sato" (Home of Peonies and Ginseng). The facility collects, processes and sells the ginseng which can be a great souvenir. The building itself is worth seeing as it is a recreation of a historical building.