Brilliant flowers at Sukagawa Peony Park, May 2, 2016 (須賀川牡丹園 の華麗な花 2016年5月2日)

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Gorgeous and brilliant flowers competes each other at Sukagawa Peony Park as shown above. This park is a National Scenic Site, where a variety of tree peonies have been grown from 250 years ago.

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Photo above shows a variety called "a smile of Sukagawa" developed at this park. This is really beautiful with its brilliant purple color.

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Some other flowers are also shown above. Today, there were still many buds to bloom soon, meaning that the best time to see will last more than a week. I believe this is a good destination to visit in early May.

The exact route and locations are shown in the map below. The map can be scaled up and down with a click and scroll.
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【2013年5月11日】 大桑原つつじ園 を訪ねて( May 11, 2013: Visited Okanbara Rhododendron Park, Fukushima Pref. )

本日は、午前中、須賀川市 内のもう一つの花の名所である、大桑原 (おおかんばら)つつじ園を訪ねました。昼からは雨が降り出した。
This morning, I visited another famous flower park in Sukagawa City which was Okanbara Rhododendron Park. Then it started to rain around noon.

The actual route is shown in the map below. (The route and altitude data are from GPS log data. The details of the map can be seen by clicking the map.)

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大桑原つつじ園 は、市の郊外にあり、江戸時代からの個人の庭園です。園内では、ツツジやシャクナゲが写真のように、かなり見頃になっていました。つぼみも多く残っており、まだしばらく楽しめます。ここのツツジや シャクナゲ は、山のヤマツツジと違って、大変に良く手入れされています。また、シャクナゲ は、写真のように、数多くの品種がどれもきれいに咲いており、圧巻でした。
Okanbara Rhododendron Park was located in the suburb of the City and the Park had been privately owned since 300 years ago. Azaleas and rhododendrons today were almost best to see in the Park. However, since I could still find many buds left the best days will last for some time. The azaleas and rhododendrons in this Park had been taken best care of compared to wild azaleas in mountains. Numerous kinds of rhododendrons were in beautiful bloom and these really impressed me.

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大桑原つつじ園 の全景と、園内の ツツジ の写真。(上)
The whole view of the Park and beautiful azaleas are shown in the pictures above.

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大桑原つつじ園 園内の見事な シャクナゲ の写真。(上)
Many kinds and colors of rhododendrons are shown in the pictures above.

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昨晩と今晩の宿は、須賀川市中心部にある写真のビジネスホテル 虎屋 。須賀川牡丹園 と 大桑原つつじ園 の間の位置にあります。感じの良い宿で、立派な朝食がついてきます。
Last night as well as tonight I stayed at Toraya Hotel which was a business hotel located near the center of Sukagawa City. It stood between Sukagawa Peony Park and Okanbara Rhododendron Park. It was a nice hotel with a good breakfast.

【2013年5月10日】 須賀川牡丹園 を訪ねて( May 10, 2013: Visited Sukagawa Peony Park, Fukushima Pref. )

本日は、矢祭町 を出発し、久慈川サイクリングロード を北上、塙町 の 風呂山公園 に寄り、須賀川市 の 須賀川牡丹園 を訪ねた。
Today, after I left Yamatsuri Town I pedaled toward north on the Kujigawa Cycling Road and stopped at Furoyama Park of Hanawa Town. Then, finally I arrived at Sukagawa Peony Park at Sukagawa City.

The actual route is shown in the map below. (The route and altitude data are from GPS log data. The details of the map can be seen by clicking the map.)

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塙町 の道の駅「 はなわ 」のすぐ近くに、ツツジで有名な 風呂山公園 があり、ふくしま緑の百景 に選ばれています。既に、見頃は過ぎていましたが、上の写真の通り、まだ残っていました。なお、頂上からは塙町 を見下ろすことができ、JR 水郡線 の走る様子も見ることができます。
Furoyama Park which was famous for its azaleas was located near the Hanawa Road Station. The park had been selected best 100 Green Scenery of Fukushima. The azaleas today were after peak; however part of them were still in bloom as shown in the pictures above. From the top of the park I could see the whole town below including passenger cars of the JR Suigun Line.

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塙町 から 棚倉町 までは、久慈川サイクリングロード を走り、その終点の道路脇に写真の 太陽光発電 の 棚倉発電所 (50kw)があります。
From Hanawa Town to Tanakura Town I pedaled on the Kujigawa Cycling Road. At the terminal I could find Tanakura Solar Power Plant of 50kw at the roadside as shown in the picture.

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須賀川牡丹園 は、須賀川市 の中心部にあり、国指定の名勝になっています。道案内や入口の写真とともに、園内の華麗な牡丹の様子を紹介します。全体に見頃になっていましたが、つぼみもまだたくさんあり、まだしばらく楽しめると思います。海外のお客も多く、フランス語や中国語の会話も度々聞こえました。訪れる価値は高いと思います。
Sukagawa Peony Park was located near the center of the Sukagawa City and the Park had been designated as National Scenic Beauty. Many beautiful peony flowers were shown in the pictures above as well as guide sign and the entrance gate. The flowers were almost best to see; however since there were still many buds left the best days will last for the time being. Foreign visitors who spoke French and Chinese were also there. I believe this place as worth visiting.
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