Botanical Gardens and Parks in Hakone

Hakone Gora Park
One of the most popular parks in Hakone, it features various flowers blooming in season.  Summer and Christmas seasonal lighting displays are an added attraction.  It's one of a handful of parks in Hakone that can be enjoyed throughout the year.  A profusion of almost a thousand azalea bushes (105 different types) and rhododendrons can bloom here.  Relax by the fountain and enjoy!  Don't forget to visit the conservatory for bougainvilleas and tropical plants.

Hakone Botanical Garden of Wetlands
This botanical garden is the first of its kind and keeps representative plants growing in marshes in Japan.  In the botanical garden, visitors can see 200 kinds of marsh plants which grow in marshy regions with 1,300 kinds of alpine plants, and other overseas plants – 1,700 kinds all together .  As visitors proceed, they can see all kinds of flowers from those growing in lower and higher areas to those from drier or marshier areas.

Hakone Begonia Garden
Multiple varieties of begonias, including tuberous begonias with huge flowers, are grown in this park.  There is also convenient access from Hakone-Yumoto Station by free shuttle bus.

Onshi-Hakone-Koen Park
Onshi-Hakone-Koen Park is a very big park made in 1886 (mid-Meiji era) on the site of Hakone Rikyu (vacation palace in Hakone).  It is located on Togashima, an island that juts into Lake Ashino.  In the centre of the park stands the western-style Observation Building, which used to be a vacation palace for the imperial family where documents from those days are on display.

Hakone Ashinoyu Flower Centre
Begonias, famous around the world, and foreign orchids are displayed here.  In building one, gajuramu, a 200-year-old tree (which is the biggest in the Honshu island) and begonias are displayed. In the building two one can see cattleyas and moth orchids while in the building three, bananas, pineapples and other tropical plants can be seen.  Along paths connecting the buildings cactuses, saintpaulias, fleshy plants and other plants are displayed throughout the year.  In addition, special exhibitions in which rare plants are displayed are held four times a year.

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1320 Gora, Hakone-Machi, Ashigarashimogun, Kanagawa, Japan, 250-0408

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