Sunday, October 4, 2009

しょぶ 園 Shobu Flower Gardens summer 2008

This is a beautiful Iris Garden Park (しょぶ 園) near Yokosuka; I visited this Park several times during the summer 0f 2008 and enjoyed every moment.

During one such visit, while walking toward the Park, up a hill and through the residential area, I noticed a man grooming his bonsai trees inside his garage (the garage door was open). He must have had 50 bonsai trees - some very old and valuable - they were all sculpted and pruned immaculately.

I approached him and expressed my appreciation for his care of these small trees. He said that this was his hobby - I thought he was a professional, but as often is true, the hobbiest had a true appreciation for his passion.

Afterwards, I proceeded to the Park, crossing a moat filled with koi. The Iris gardens within the Park were expansive as you will see in the pictures below.

Garden Park Entrance

Iris fields:

The Park is open from 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Admission Adults 300 yen Children 100 yen

Keihin → Shioiri Station by bus
Get off at middle school 15 minutes walk from Ikegami →

If by car
→ Yokohama Yokosuka Yokosuka road interface
5 minutes



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