Kiso Sansen Park is one of the best flower parks in Central Japan and hosts many seasonal events throughout the year. The main feature of the park is its large flower garden which can be enjoyed from spring to fall.
The park is located in Kaizu City, Gifu Prefecture and is Japan’s largest National Government Park with the whole park straddling Aichi, Gifu and Mie Prefectures.
The center of the park is located in Kaizu City where the three great rivers Nagara, Kiso and Ibi all meet. You can find an exhibition at the park that describes the history, climate and nature of the area and the three great rivers. The displays are very interactive and allow you to learn while having fun and playing games.
Photo : Issey Niwa on FlickrKiso Sansen Park is also very family oriented with a large children’s playground called “Adventure Land”. It features colourful play equipment that is perfect for children aged from 6 to 12 years old. There is also a playground for small children called “Mamaz Playground”.
You can also just sit down and relax in the large grassed area that is ideal for sports or for a picnic lunch.
Kiso Sansen Park is beautiful any time of the year, but really comes alive every spring with the colours of the famous Tulip Festival. Visiting the park is like stepping into the beautiful tulip fields of Holland. Miniature windmills scattered amongst the flowers complete the appearance. There are around 260,000 tulips of about 125 different types in the park. The tulips are arranged in a layout that represents the three famous rivers of the area described above. The tulips look stunning in their waves of colours and do actually look like a flowing river, which is the theme of the display.
The flowering season is between April and May with the tulip festival on from early to late April.
Photo : Japan Australia on FlickrSticking with the Dutch theme of the tulip festival and family-oriented attractions of the park you will notice Miffy everywhere around the park. Miffy is a well-known Dutch rabbit cartoon character from Dick Bruna’s picture books. The character is very popular in Japan and a big hit with the families that visit.
Photo : SimonQ on FlickrThe colourful flower beds are the main attraction, but while at the park, make sure you also check out the observation tower, which offers spectacular views of the surrounding area and three famous rivers. The 360 panoramic views from the top of the 65 meter tower are breath-taking and allow you to view the tulips from high above.
Photo : Japan Australia on FlickrI also recommend trying some of Kaizu’s local specialities such as yomogi. It is a kind herb that is grown locally and is sometimes called Japanese mugwort. We stopped at a michi no eki (roadside rest area) and had some yomogi soft serve ice-cream that was delicious and refreshing.
The local Kaizu Hot Spring is a great place to soak tired feet after admiring the beautiful tulips. The khaki coloured natural salt water is good for what ails you and is believed to help alleviate many chronic systems.
If you are looking for some colour this spring, make sure you pay Kiso Sansen Park a visit.
Photo : Japan Australia on Flickr
Address: 255-3 Aburajima, Kaizu-cho, Kaizu City, Gifu Prefecture 503-0625
Admission: FREE to the Park (¥620 for the observation tower)
Hours: Weekdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm / Weekends 8:00 am to 6:00 pm
Closed: Every second Monday of the Month (following day if public holiday) & from December 27 – 30
Take the Yoro Railway to Ishizu Station followed by the Kaizu City Community Bus to Kiso Sansen Koen. If you are coming via car from Nagoya, take the Higashimeihan Expressway to Yatomi IC. The park is around 15 minutes drive from the IC.