Daikon Island (Daikonjima) 大根島
A beautiful garden in the middle of a lagoon with 250 varieties of peonies and ginseng
Daikon Island is most famous for its peonies and ginseng on display at Yushien Garden, located in the middle of the Nakumi Lagoon.
How to Get There
Twenty-eight minutes by bus from Matsue Station, along one of three causeways across the lagoon.
Several buses stop at Yushien Garden, but the most convenient is the regular shuttle heading for Sakaiminato and Yonago Airport in Tottori Prefecture .
There are also local buses from Sakaiminato.
How Daikon Island was named
It is said that the islanders gave the island the unappealing name of Daikonjima, or “Radish Island,” to discourage outsiders from raiding their precious ginseng crops. To supplement their income from this highly valued medicinal root, the islanders also began raising peonies.
Beautiful displays of flowers
Yushien Garden is a massive strolling garden encompassing more than 30,000 square meters, with several ponds, bridges, and teahouses. Every season brings different displays of flowers and leaves including azaleas, peonies, rhododendrons, and irises.
Cherry blossoms bloom in the spring and camellias, hydrangeas and water lilies come out in summer. There is a large indoor area where peonies are in bloom year-round.
Eat, drink, & enjoy the views
You can relax and enjoy delicious local food at three different restaurants, each with their own particular seasonal views, including the massive picture windows of the Ichibo Teahouse, where you can enjoy the stunning views of the white sand and pine garden reflected in the pond.
At various times of the year, the garden stays open after dark, and you can enjoy illuminated views.
In the gift shop, you can purchase a variety of products made from ginseng.