Spring at Wakayama Botanical Park Ryokka Center

The park covers a vast area of 10.23 hectares with many varieties and plants that can be enjoyed in all four seasons.

The 3,500 ㎡ flowerbeds contain approximately 20,000 plants and new varieties of flowers, a greenhouse with giant cacti, a rose garden, a hydrangea garden, and a “lotus pond.

In April and May, the flower beds are filled with Livingston daisies and other flowers, and azaleas can also be seen throughout the park.

Livingston daisies
Livingston daisies




Azaleas and mountains of Kinokawa City



It’s time to go hanami!

The cherry blossom viewing season has begun in earnest in Wakayama. The light red petals color Wakayama Castle.

Even on a weekday, many cherry blossom-viewing visitors enjoy the springtime on the grounds of the castle.



Wakayama Castle and Cherry Blossoms
Oitemon Gate
Wakayama Castle and Omotenashi Ninja

The “Omotenashi Ninjas,” who provide services to tourists, also work hard.

Birds and flowers seem to be sprawled out in the warm sunshine they have been waiting for.



Corydalis
Gray heron



Nagashi-bina Event of Awashima Shrine

March 3rd is the Doll’s Festival, Japanese people display a set of dolls and pray for the sound growth of girls in the family.

On this day, the “Nagashi-biina” event is held at Awashima Shrine in Wakayama City, where hina dolls delivered from all over Japan are put on a boat and floated out to sea.

Originally, there was a Chinese custom of going to the waterfront on March 3, or the Peach Festival, to hold an exorcism ceremony, which was then introduced to Japan.





The shrine is also famous as a women’s power spot, offering prayers for women’s health, easy childbirth, and the fulfillment of love.