Glimpse Japan in Full Bloom at Matsue’s YUUSHIEN Garden

Immerse yourself in the beauty of rural Shimane

Between Matsue and Yonago Airport sits Daikon Island, home to dreamlike YUUSHIEN Garden. Here you can wander stone paths, cross bridges arching above streams and ponds, and marvel at the painstakingly cultivated flora.

YUUSHIEN Garden is gorgeous in any season. In the spring, you'll find over 250 varieties of peony in bloom, along with azaleas, hydrangeas, and other blossoms. All the waterfalls and streams will help keep you cool in the summer. Autumn brings brilliantly colored foliage for Insta-perfect photos. The colder months often bring snow, and the garden’s caretakers put up lights to turn the grounds into an illuminated winter wonderland.

After your stroll, stop by one of the restaurants for a bite. There you'll be able to look out over the garden as well as sample various local cuisines. To make your trip extra special, consider indulging in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.

Yonago is approximately a 90-minute flight from Tokyo's Haneda Airport. For travelers coming from western Japan, Matsue is just under three hours from Okayama via the Yakumo Limited Express train. From Matsue or Yonago, it takes about 30 minutes by car to reach YUUSHIEN Garden.

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