Ecotourism Dream: Walking In A Natural Forest Untouched For Nearly 100 Years

Ecotourism dream: Walking in a natural forest untouched for nearly 100 yearsPristine forest is hard to find in overcrowded Japan, but there is one area that has been untouched for nearly 100 years.
It lies along the Yuragawa river that flows into Wakasa Bay in the Sea of Japan and starts in the mountainous Miyamacho district of Nantan, Kyoto Prefecture.
In 1921, Kyoto University leased about 4,200 hectares of forest for research and practical work in the area which borders Fukui and Shiga prefectures.

Mother Nature Dazzles With Thousands Of Blooms At Tochigi Flower Park

Mother Nature dazzles with thousands of blooms at Tochigi flower parkA large flower park here was ablaze in color on Sept. 20 as Silver Week holiday tourists flocked to see the more than 150,000 cockscombs in bloom.
Vibrant petals of red, yellow and violet lined the 5 hectares of flower beds at Nasu Flower World. The hardy flowers survived the torrential downpours that drenched eastern Japan earlier this month.

Gardener Wins Award For Recreating Monet Garden

Gardener wins award for recreating Monet gardenDespite knowing hardly anything about Claude Monet until 12 years ago, Yutaka Kawakami has won an award from France for his recreation in Japan of the impressionist painter's cherished garden on the outskirts of Paris.

Photo : Kanazawa Kenrokuen Garden

Photo : Kanazawa Kenrokuen GardenThis photo features the Kanazawa Kenrokuen Garden in Japan.
Kenrokuen Garden is a beautiful Japanese garden with an area of 11.4 hectares located on the heights of the central part of Kanazawa and next to Kanazawa Castle. The Maeda family, who ruled the Kaga Clan (the present Ishikawa and Toyama areas) in feudal times, maintained the garden from generation to generation.

Photo : Wakayama Fields Bloom To Life

Photo : Wakayama fields bloom to lifeA mother and child enjoy sunflowers in full bloom in Wakayama, on Aug. 24, 2015. Agriculture company JA Farm Wakayama began growing sunflowers this year at local fields that had been left idled to utilize the empty land and create an attractive landscape.


NiwakiNiwaki is the Japanese word for "garden trees". Niwaki is also a descriptive word for highly 'sculpting trees'
Most varieties of plants used in Japanese Gardens are called niwaki. These trees help to create the structure of the garden. Japanese gardens are not about using large range of plants, rather it is about creating atmosphere or ambiance.

Hasselt Belgium Japanese Garden

Hasselt Belgium Japanese GardenLaid out between 1985 and 1992, Hasselt's Japanese Garden (Japanse Tuin in Dutch) is the largest Japanese Garden in Europe.
Based on a 17th-century model, the garden spans on 2.5 hectares (6 acres) and possesses no less than 250 Japanese cherry trees.

Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens

Buenos Aires Japanese GardensThe Buenos Aires Japanese Gardens (Spanish: Jardín Japonés de Buenos Aires) are a public space administered by the non-profit Japanese Argentine Cultural Foundation in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and are one of the largest Japanese gardens of its type in the world, outside of Japan.

Kyoto's Flowering Backstreets Are Blooming Good

Kyoto's flowering backstreets are blooming goodKyoto's famous array of back alleys are more interesting than your regular botanical garden, trumpets a new book.
Unlike most other Japanese cities, Kyoto is packed with narrow streets that are not paved with asphalt, enabling unique ecosystems to freely develop over many decades.

Often Inconspicuous, White Flowers Suit The Rainy Season

Often inconspicuous, white flowers suit the rainy seasonWhen I put a cut flower of heart-leaved houttuynia cordata, known as “dokudami” in Japan, in a single-flower vase and gazed at it, I realized its refreshing beauty.
Despite its thick-sounding name, the plant produces neat and pretty white cruciate flowers that are actually bracts. Its heart-shaped, dark-green leaves sharply enhance the appearance of the white flowers.

Yuko-en On The Elkhorn

Yuko-En on the ElkhornYuko-En on the Elkhorn, the official Kentucky-Japan Friendship Garden, is located in Georgetown, Kentucky on the north fork of Elkhorn Creek. The 6-acre (24,000 m2) garden is designed to have the appearance of a Japanese style strolling garden.