Seasonal Flowers Welcome Visitors Everyday♪
Sanuki Mannou Park, the only national government park in Shikoku, is located on the northeast shore of Mannou Pond, the biggest manmade pond in Japan.
Visitors can enjoy a huge variety of flowers, such as tulips, hydrangeas and cosmos in the biggest flower garden in Shikoku. Beautiful blooms welcome visitors all year round.
This article introduces the seasonal flowers and their flowering times, as well as other events held at the park. At the end of the article, a 360°view movie provides an immersive experience of being in the garden.
Signalling the arrival of spring, brassica rapa usually bloom from the end of February to the beginning of April at Hana-meguri-no-oka. Walk the path through the field and take photos surrounded by the flowers. The spectacular sight of 700,000 brassica rapa swaying in the wind is a definite must see!
From mid-March til the beginning of April, 200,000 narcissi (70 varieties) bloom at Hiryu-no-hanamichi.
As the narcissi usually bloom at the same time as the cherry blossoms, they can usually be enjoyed together.
A Spring Flower Profusion in April!
The best time to see the tulips is from the beginning to the middle of April. There are 50,000 tulips (36 different varieties) in bloom at Hanaryu-no-michi road.
Creating a colorful display, other flowers such as pansies bloom among the tulips as well.
From mid-April to the beginning of May, 300,000 nemophila blooms can be found at Hanaryu-no-michi road or Seiryu-no-tani. From the low hill, you can look out over a wealth of flowers.
Multicolored tulips and blue nemophila can usually be seen in a colorful combination♪
About 4,000 lupine bloom from the end of April until mid-May in Seiryu-no-tani.
The best photos of the flowers are backdropped by the Shoryu-no-taki, a symbol of the park.
The best time to see the 40,000 shirley poppies in Hana-meguri-no-oka is from the mid-May to the beginning of June. At the same time, California poppies and Iceland poppies can be seen in Seiryu-no-tani and Hanaryu-no-michi road. Please enjoy walking around the different sections of the park.
The Haruranman Festa 2018 is being held from March 17th (Sat) to May 6th (Sun). There’s a quiz rally, a walking event, a photo contest and many more activities. The park is open everyday for the duration of the festival and on until June 4th (Mon).
Free entry is being offered on April 22nd (Sun) and May 4th (Fri), so everyone is welcome to come and enjoy the spring flowers on display.
Refreshing Park Garden Walks with Early Summer & High Summer Flowers!
During the rainy season (mid-June to the beginning of July), 20,000 hydrangeas (40 varieties) bloom in the Hydrangea Garden. Marvel at the beautiful hydrangea covered slopes while walking along the Hiryu Pond boardwalk!
The Hydrangea festival is held from June 16th (Sat) to July 8th (Sun). Whilst the hydrangeas are beautiful at sunset, they are even more spectacular when lit up. From June 22nd (Fri) to June 24th (Sun), and June 29th (Fri) to July 1st (Sun), the flowers will be illuminated at night.
You can also enjoy Japanese tea while viewing the flowers, or a live Japanese harp performance!
At Hana-meguri-no-oka, 70,000 (10 varieties) of sunflowers bloom from the end of July to mid-August.
In the “painting area” you can view the varieties that Van Gogh and Monet painted in their famous masterpieces, and take a stroll along the garden path surrounded by walls of sunflowers.
At Hana-meguri-no-oka, 4,000 fresh green kochia scoparia can be viewed from the end of July to the end of August. This soft and fluffy vegetation is very ‘instagrammable’.
The Summer Festa is held from July 21st (Sat) to August 31st (Fri). During this period, many events such as beetle and summer bugs watching classes and photo-frame workshops are held.
Early Autumn’s Unmissable Flowers – Kochia Scoparia & Cosmos
The end of September to mid-October is the best time to see autumn kochia scoparia leaves at Hana-meguri-no-oka. Green during summer, they change to red as temperatures decrease, eventually turning brown at the end of October.
Experience 500,000 brightly blooming cosmos flowers at Hanaryu-no-michi road and Seiryu-no-tani from the end of September to the beginning of November.
The cosmos path leads to the top of a hill, and the view from there is fantastic.
The Autumn Color Festa is held from September 15th (Sat) to November 4th (Sun). The park is open everyday during the festival and many events such as quizzes and flower picking will be held.
Over Half-a-Million Lights Illuminate The Winter Park!
‘Winter Fantasy’ is to be held from November 23rd (Fri) 2018 to January 6th (Sun) 2019.
During this annual event, opening hours are extended and sections of the park are beautifully illuminated.
Around 550,000 lights decorate the Midori-to-ishi-no-vista in the Entrance Square. The lit up 10-meter high ‘Symbol Tree’, 9-meter high ‘Shoryu-no-taki’, and 5-meter high ‘Champagne Glass Tower’ are highlights.
The No.1 highlight of ‘Winter Fantasy’ is the ‘Grand Illumination’ which lights up 30,000 square meters of what is the biggest park in Shikoku. Come and enjoy an evening winter walk in a magical atmosphere that is very different from daytime.
Seasonal Flower Walks Via a ‘Walking Movie’ and a ‘360°Movie’!
Here’s a simulated walk through Sanuki Mannou Park. Immerse yourself in this unique walking experience:
Experience a 360° view of walking along the path here:
To watch the 360°movie on a smartphone, etc., click the URL below to play it on your Youtube app:
Sanuki Mannou Park celebrates its 20th anniversary on April 18th, 2018. The ‘Seasonal Flower’ page on the website introduces the plants and flowers that are currently blooming and when others will be in season. Please check it out before visiting.
The park is known not only as a beautiful flower garden full of seasonal flowers, but also as an activity spot for culture, sport and recreation. Some of the facilities available include a playground, a natural ecological observation garden, interactive facilities, a cycle track, and a camping area, etc. We hope you will be completely satisfied whenever you visit.
It is also recommended as a leisure spot where you can relax with your family.
Sanuki Mannou Park
Location: 4243-12 Yoshino, Mannou-cho, Nakatado-gun, Kagawa-ken
Tel: 0877-79-1700 (Mannou Park Administration center)
March 1st ~ July 19th ： 9:30 ～ 17:00
July 20th ~ August 31st ： 9:30 ～ 18:00
September 1st ~ October 31st ： 9:30 ～ 17:00
November 1st to the end of February ： 9:30 ～ 16:30
Adults (15+ years old) 450 yen
Children (0-14 years old) Free
Seniors (65+ years old) 210 yen
Tuesdays (If Tuesday is a national holiday, closed the following day. Also open on Tuesday if the Wednesday that follows is a national holiday.)
December 29th ~ January 1st
Three days from the 4th Wednesday of January
※Exceptions : Open on December 25th 2018, January 1st & 2nd 2019, and February 12th 2019 ※There are no closed day periods
Parking: Available (Ordinary cars 310 yen)
Nearest station: About 15-mins by taxi from JR Kotohira station
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