Great Gardens: Makino Botanical Garden

Japan is well-known for its traditional gardens but I've recently discovered that its botanical gardens can be equally impressive. On a recent trip to Kochi Prefecture in Shikoku in late March, I spent an afternoon exploring the vast grounds of the Makino Botanical Garden, which enjoys a superb location on Mt Godai just a short... Continue Reading →

Great Gardens: Kawachi Fujien

How is it that, given my acknowledged love of Japanese gardens, I rarely seem to write many up on this blog? Let's change that, shall we? 🙂 Today starts the first of my Great Gardens series, and no better spot to begin with than the currently blooming Kawachi Fujien. For the past few years, several... Continue Reading →

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