Attraction Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands, 足柄下郡, 仙石原, 箱根町, 神奈川県 250-0631, Japan Published on: 26-02-2016
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Why Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands is special ?
The Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands (Hakone Shisseikaen) is a botanical garden in the highlands of Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. The garden was founded in 1976, and now contains some 1700 plant varieties, including about 200 types of woody and herbaceous wetland plants from Japan, as well as 1300 varieties (120 species) of alpine plants. Collections include Habenaria, Hemerocallis, Iris, Lilium, Lysichitum, and Primula, plus deciduous trees such as Acer, Cornus, and Quercus.
The garden offers a network of boardwalk paths through different types of marshland where you can learn about the plants that populate the wetlands. Information signs are in English and Japanese. The garden is popular during June when its Nikko Kisuge (daylily) are in full bloom, however it is closed during the winter months.
What to explore at Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands?
In this garden, you can see all sorts of plants from low lying areas to high lands from spots across Japan, including plants from marshy areas and alpine plants.
The marshland is protected as a natural monument, and you can see all the amazing flora of the area plus others from around the world at Sengokuhara Botanical Garden of Wetlands. From Togendai, take Hakone Tozan bus to Sengokuhara.
The gardens will also hold the mountain wildflowers exhibition. The exhibition will display more than 100 species of the mountain wild grass. There is the shop where sells a variety of mountain wildflowers. So ou can buy to make souvenir.
How to get to Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands?
The Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands is located in the Sengoku area of Hakone and can be reached by Hakone Tozan Bus along line T bound for Togendai from Hakone-Yumoto Station. Get off at the Sengoku Annaijo-mae bus stop (25 minutes, 750 yen, 4-5 buses per hour) from where it is about a 5 minute walk to the Botanical Garden.
Alternatively, take a Hakone Tozan Bus along line S from Gora Station, the last stop of the Hakone Tozan Railway, to the Shissei Kaen-mae bus stop (20 minutes, 500 yen, 3-4 buses per hour) in front of the garden.
- Various plants and flowers of wetlands and highlands
- Largest Outdoor Garden
- Lovely scene and beautiful wildflowers
- Relaxing and comfortable environment
- One of the greatest garden in Hakone
Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands, 足柄下郡, 仙石原, 箱根町, 神奈川県 250-0631, Japan
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Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands (箱根湿生花園, Hakone Shisseikaen) is a botanical garden in the Fuji Hakone Izu National Park. Fuji-Hakone-Izu National Park (富士箱根伊豆国立公園 Fuji-Hakone-Izu Kokuritsu Kōen) is a national park in Yamanashi, Shizuoka, and Kanagawa Prefectures and western Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. The garden was founded in 1976 as a place to preserve and exhibit over 1700 varieties of native Japanese hydrophytes and alpine plants. The garden, as its name reveals, focuses on plants that grow in wetlands, rivers, and lakes. This is the largest outdoor garden I had ever visited. They are well organized and group the plants in areas. We followed the boardwalk and its signs to see the eight designated areas of flowers/plants. The designated areas are Plants of Deciduous Forest area, Plants of Meadow area, Plants of Marsh area, Plants of Fen area, Plants of Alpine Garden area, Bog area, Sengokuhara Marsh area, and Swamp Forest area. We visited the garden in the mid May, and there were so many differently colored flowers. In the past, we did not know the names of the flowers/plants a majority of the time when we visited a garden because they were not labeled. Here they carefully included the names both in Japanese and English. To make it easier for me to remember the flowers that I loved, I just took the photo and its description. In the season we visited, the flowers of primrose, sawaoguruma, kumagaisou, choujisou, iris laevigata, yama-shakuyaku, bog rosemary, and mi yamaodamaki were blooming. I spot a flower that I never saw in my life; a light blue flower – the blue poppy that really attracted my attention. When we were in the Swamp Forest area, I felt so excited to see a totally different view of the garden - a mountain view from the wetland. It is a large flat plain with mountains in the backdrop. The ranch-like fence makes the whole view really stunning. We took at least 20 + minutes sitting on the bench to enjoy the view and the breeze cooling down the heat. Depending on how much you want to see in the garden, you can easily spend 1 hour to a whole day there if you love flowers and taking photos. The best time to visit is from mid May to late June when the spring/summer flowers are blooming. If you are a flower lover, you should visit this place to see and learn about an incredible variety of flowers in one trip. The shop sells a selection of souvenirs, including seeds and local cookies. The garden only opens 9 am to 5 pm from late March to end of November. You can reach there by Hakone Tozan bus ride to "Shissei-kaen-mae" station.