Each year during May, the Sukagawa Peony Garden in Fukushima comes alive with around 7000 peony flowers in 290 different varieties. The garden covers a space of approximately 10 hectares, and it was designated as one of Japan's Special Places of Scenic Beauty back in 1952.
For history buffs, the garden has interesting origins! Peonies were first cultivated here in 1766 using seeds from Settsu Province (modern-day Hyogo Prefecture). The rationale behind the planting was to use the peony roots for medicinal purposes, but that has since evolved to simply enjoying the flowers for their aesthetic qualities!
Adult admission to the park during peony season is priced at 500 yen.
The Sukagawa Peony Garden is located approximately 15 minutes drive from the Sukagawa IC on the Tohoku Expressway. Free on-site parking is available for up to 1400 vehicles.
For those visiting the garden via public transport, it's around 15 minutes by taxi from the JR Sukagawa Station, served by the Tohoku Main Line.