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Spring flowers are full of bloom in Okinawa! “Izumi Begonia Garden” is highly recommended now!
post : 2015.04.23 18:00
In Izumi, Motobu Town in Yanbaru (the mountainous area in the northern part of mainland Okinawa), you can enjoy viewing seasonal flowers: plum in January, Kanhi zakura from January to February, Kume no sakura in March, begonia from April, ajisai (hydrangea) in June, etc.
Especially now, “Izumi Begonia Garden” is strongly recommended. On the site of 2,000 tsubo (6,611.56 m2), a beautiful pink carpet of 2,500 begonia flowers cover the hillside. This is an amazing site to see!
Many local people of Okinawa also visit this place, and it is well known as a popular sightseeing spot in this season.
Not only pink-colored begonia but other flowers you can appreciate around this time are jade–colored emerald creepers, pure white Easter lilies, vivid red amaryllis, blue-purple hydrangea, which started blooming and decorate the place colorfully and beautifully.
The emerald creepers area attracts visitors’ attention most. The place looks as if some hundreds of jade comma-shaped beads were hanging from above. It was crowded with people as a popular photo-taking spot!
It is wonderful to see pretty flowers blooming on rugged Ryukyu limestone at the flower garden in karst topography unique to Motobu Town.
“I planted only two begonias at a place which was originally a field for tankan (Okinawan tangerines),” said the president of “Begonia Garden,” Ms. Hatsu Gushiken. Now as many as 2,500 begonia are full bloom.
When you get a little tired from walking, please stop by the tea house Sansui at the entrance. You can enjoy yuntaku (chat) with Hatsu-san.
It is said that there are 2,000 species of begonia, and you can appreciate begonia that can be hardly found in mainland Japan.
The best time to view the begonias is by late April. If you have a plan to go there, now is the best timing!
“Izumi Begonia Garden"
Address: 1660 Izumi, Motobu Town, Kunigami Village, Okinawa
Okinawa CLIP Photo Writer Hiroshi Kuwamura (KUWA)